Boston MA International Education Graduate Programs & Graduate Schools

International Education Graduate programs are designed to prepare educators for careers in both multinational and international settings. Offered as Masters and PhD International Education programs, these post-graduate degrees develop expertise in comparative education, education policy, curriculum development and pedagogical methods and theories. Graduates may be prepared to design, implement, manage and assess international education programs in a variety of potential settings such as schools, universities, foundations, public and private schools and multinational corporations. If you enjoy multiculturalism and are interested in exploring global themes in education, read on to find out how you might be enriched personally and professionally through graduate-level international education studies.

International Education Graduate Programs: Basics

International Education Graduate Programs help students prepare for a potential career as a global educator through coursework, research and often, an international placement. Some programs may require candidates who have a Bachelor’s degree, teacher certification, teaching license and teaching experience, so you may have to do some homework to see what you need for the program you are interested in.

What Does it Mean to Study International Education?

International and comparative education studies usually take on an interdisciplinary and comparative approach.

This may include aspects of several social sciences:

  • Political science
  • Anthropology
  • Global studies
  • Economics
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

International Education graduate programs vary in scope, but may offer training in topics that could include:

  • How to manage study abroad programs
  • How to manage international student services offices
  • How to provide English as a Second Language and Teaching (ESL and TESOL) services
  • Knowledge of world regions and their cultures
  • International and global issues
  • How to work effectively in cross-cultural settings
  • Ability to communicate in multiple languages
  • Analysis of international educational policies
  • Humanitarian efforts
  • Diplomacy
  • Research Methodologies
  • How to ameliorate education worldwide

Types of International Education Graduate Programs

Graduate International Education programs are available as graduate certificates, Master’s and doctorate degrees.

Graduate Certificates in International Education  

Earning a Graduate Certificate in International Education may be a good fit for the student who is seeking a boost to their credentials and skills but is not ready for a full degree. Often one can use the credits from a certificate towards a Master’s degree, so while keeping your continued education options open, you might acquire helpful tools for teaching abroad.

Masters in International Education Programs

While some International Education Masters programs can be completed in 2-years, many schools allow 5 years or more for completion which can be helpful to the working teacher. These graduate programs may teach principles of leadership, educational management and business concepts such as school finance and conflict resolution. As well, they may be aimed at specific levels of education such as elementary or middle school. Usually students are exposed to core topics, electives, and select research topics that coordinate with personal and vocational goals; internships are encouraged. Typical careers in international education that require at least a Master’s degree are:

  • Instructional Coordinators[i]
  • Elementary, Middle and High School Principals[ii]
  • Teachers in some states[iii]

PhD in International Education Programs

Beyond the Masters level, students might choose to enroll in a PhD International Education Program. These may provide qualifications for educational administration, academic and research-based careers such as:

  • Deans, Provost[iv]
  • University professors[v]

Residential or Online International Education Program?

International Education Graduate Programs may be offered as on-campus (residential) programs or online degrees. There are advantages to each type of program depending on what your needs are. To refine your search, choose the degree level and either ‘campus’ or ‘online’ to learn about these various options. There could be a study abroad or degree abroad option offered by universities and colleges in the United States, so it is not unfeasible to be close to home for some of your degree and in another country for an internship or supervised practicum. You can also search our site directory by selecting the city, state or country you prefer.


Higher Education Institutions in the United States are accredited nationally by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. These two agencies accredit six regional agencies. At the program level, there are specific accrediting bodies for different domains. For instance, if you choose a business-oriented program that focuses on management in education, you can look for accreditation by an agency such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Stay informed and choose accordingly!

Take the Next Step

Once you have selected your degree level and program format, scroll through the sponsored listings to find options such as Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education, Masters of international Education Management or Graduate Programs in international Education (among others). From there, request more information from your choice universities to learn about their unique features, courses and enrollment procedures.


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