SIT’s low-residency Master of Arts in International Education program offers working professionals a flexible and customized way to further their careers. The program is designed so that individuals working in the field of international education can update their skills and knowledge to keep up with shifting trends in international curricula, program design, and transnational regulations without having to leave their jobs or home communities.
Coursework provides a comprehensive background in the historical, theoretical, and social foundations of international education programs, and reflective practice gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in their courses. Students are able to develop the professional competencies they identify as critical to their career.
The program comprises primarily online coursework. During the online portion, students can log in to study and complete assignments at any time. This is combined with limited face-to-face interactions as well as some limited residential coursework, reflective practice of a student’s ongoing professional work, and a final capstone paper and presentation, for a total of 36 credits.
The low-residency program utilizes the same faculty and curriculum as the on-campus program. The primary difference is in the format.
World Learning’s academic programs offered through SIT (founded as the School for International Training) are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of SIT. Individuals may also contact: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803; 781 425-7714
SIT Graduate Institute is a member of the Windham Higher Education Cooperative, a consortium of six higher education institutions with a presence in Windham County, Vermont. In addition to SIT, the cooperative includes Marlboro College, Landmark College, Vermont Technical College, Union Institute, and the Community College of Vermont.
International Student Requirements:
Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.)
Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of
600 on the paper-based test (PBT)
250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or
100 on the internet-based iBT.
Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher.
Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.
These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT.