M.A. Comparative and International Education

This program is being phased out and is no longer accepting applications.


The M.A. in Comparative and International Education (CIE) guides students in the examination of educational policy and theory on an international level, taking into consideration the impact of global economic, political, sociological, and historical factors on educational systems.

A focus on interdisciplinary approaches to comparative and international education provides students a foundation for examining both educational research and policy. Graduates are prepared to work in educational research and policy organizations, government offices, ministries of education, and international development organizations.

The core includes foundational courses in comparative and international education, statistics, and research. 6 credit hours of electives provide students the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of the field of comparative and international education. The 12 credits of disciplinary-focused coursework requires students to choose among the following social science disciplines: sociology/anthropology, political science/international relations, history, and economics. This disciplinary focus builds a theoretical and methodological foundation in a social science, which is a valued characteristic of professionals in the field of comparative and international education. Finally, the capstone to the degree is a thesis prepared under the direction of one of the core CIE faculty.

The M.A. in CIE is a 36 credit hour program comprised of 15 credit hours of required (core) courses, 6 credit hours of electives, 12 credit hours of disciplinary-focused courses, and 3 thesis credit hours.

Curriculum can be found in the course catalog.

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