Comparative and International Education

This page is for current students enrolled in Comparative and International programs and alumni of the program. The program is not accepting new students. 

The Comparative and International Education (CIE) program prepares graduates for careers as professionals and scholars in both education and development-related fields. CIE students act as agents of change in classrooms, schools, communities, and national or multinational organizations worldwide.

We offer three degrees: M.Ed. in Globalization and Educational Change, M.A. in Comparative and International Education, and Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education.

The career-oriented M.Ed. in Globalization and Educational Change gives graduates the knowledge and skills to enter into careers requiring the ability to understand and solve complex educational and development issues. The program prepares graduates for careers in international education (as study abroad advisors or international student and scholar advisors), non-governmental organizations (as program officers, grant writers, or project evaluators), and educational and development agencies (as research and policy analysts or project officers).

The research-oriented M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education prepare graduates to become experts in policy analysis and international education research for careers in schools and higher education institutions, government offices, and research and policy institutes. The Ph.D. program, in particular, is suited for highly innovative individuals preparing for these types of careers as well as academic positions in colleges or universities.

We also offer a graduate certificate in International Development Education and post-baccalaureate certificates in other relevant areas.

Students study, conduct research and teach in a variety of international settings for at least part of their program. We use a hybrid instructional format—on campus and online—designed to accommodate our diverse body of global students, many of whom are working professionals.