The minimum number of credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree required to obtain a master's degree in International Education Policy is 30 credit hours and usually takes one and a half to two years to complete. The M.A. program allows a student to specialize in a variety of concentrations that include Gender and Development, Peace Education, Political Economy of Education and Development, Intercultural Education and International Student Exchange, and the Masters in International Peace Corps Program. The program is distinguished by the development of a unique program of study to suit the needs of each student. Initial program plans are flexible and are usually revised throughout a student's graduate work as particular directions and their implications for coursework develop., The Ph.D. program in International Education Policy seeks to form professionals with deep understanding of the complex array of issues concerning educational policies and practices in developing as well as industrialized countries. The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 90 credits beyond the B.A. Twenty-four credits are usually accepted for transfer from a previous M.A. degree, 12 credits are awarded for dissertation research, which means the degree generally requires 54 credits of coursework. Faculty members work closely with students to develop a unique program of study to suit the needs and goals of each individual student. Initial program plans are flexible and are usually revised throughout a student's graduate work. Students can specialize in a variety of concentrations that include but are not limited to Gender and Development, Peace Education, Political Economy of Education and Development, and Intercultural Education and International Student Exchange.
The International Education Policy program offers M.A. and Ph.D.degrees designed to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of today's educational policy and practice. The focus is on the relation of education to economic, political, and social development in both developing and developed countries at local, national, regional, and global levels. The IEP program gives comprehensive attention to education, considering both formal schooling, from pre-school to higher education, as well as non-formal, adult, and community-based education.
In the 21st century, marked by the rapid pace of global change, comparative and international education has become of paramount importance. Needed improvements in equity, social justice, and our ability to promote sustainable development and international peace at a global level require transforming our educational and social institutions. New actors in these processes have become important, such as non-governmental organizations and coalitions of civil society. By understanding and critically reflecting on current policies, practices, and conditions, the goal of the IEP program is to contribute to educational and social change. The IEP program aims at creating a community of faculty, students, and development professionals that strives to further cross-cultural and multicultural understanding and bridge the gap between scholars and practitioners. The IEP program is one of the top programs of its kind in the country.
IEP courses give students knowledge of the foundations of educational theory and practice, the nature of comparative and international education, and the application of cultural, economic, political, and sociological perspectives to understanding education and development. Beyond the core courses, an individually tailored program is designed for each student that uniquely reflects their background and career goals. Students are encouraged to draw upon the entire range of resources the University of Maryland has to offer and to choose courses appropriate to their interests in the social sciences, the humanities, cross-cutting areas (e.g., focusing on gender or race issues), professional educational specializations (e.g., early childhood, international exchange, or higher education), and regional emphases (e.g., Africa or Latin America). The University of Maryland has made a specific and strong commitment to internationalization throughout its programs and policies.
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International Student Requirements:
The Department of International Educational Services (IES) assists students in applying for admission and pursuing studies at the University of Maryland. Please go to the IES website for more detailed information on the admissions process.
In addition to sending other required materials, you must submit a certificate of your finances, request for the kind of visa you require or a copy of the visa you already have, your official TOEFL or IELTS scores, and your official transcript with a literal translation.