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Social Sciences

International Higher Education

Master of Arts (MA), full-time or part-time graduate program

Open doors to a global career in higher education.

You enjoy interacting with people from different backgrounds. You believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make schools and organizations stronger. Now you’re pursuing a career where you can help college and university students develop a global perspective and navigate various environments.

In our master’s program in International Higher Education, you’ll gain the expertise you need to promote engagement and understanding across cultures and groups of people within higher education settings. For more than 30 years, we’ve been a leader in preparing graduates for rewarding careers in this growing field, including:

  • Education/Study Abroad
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • International Student and Scholar Advising
  • International Student Recruitment and Admissions
  • International Student Services
  • Global Volunteer and Internship Programming
  • And more

Build a foundational knowledge on US and global perspectives within international higher education. Learn how to communicate across cultures and differences. Discover how to facilitate student learning and growth. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to put these skills to work in diverse colleges and universities.

Our program is flexible so you can tailor your studies to your goals. Choose from electives in Education Abroad, International Student Advising, Immigration Law, and Enhancing Inclusion in Organizations, among others. Many of our faculty are practitioners in their field who bring first-hand experience to their courses.

Develop your professional experience through an optional internship in the US or abroad. Or, advance your career by taking other electives or by completing a thesis.

And with Boston being a hub for higher education, you can take advantage of professional development, networking, and internship opportunities. As a graduate, you’ll join our network of 500+ alumni who are working in colleges and universities across the United States and all over the world.

    Program Structure

    Full-Time or Part-Time On-Campus Program

    33 Credits
    “I love how rewarding my job is. Working both with students coming to the U.S. and students wanting to go abroad is a reminder of how interconnected the world is.”
    Mary M. Struzska-Tyamayev ’16, Director, Center for Global Education at Simmons University
    Learning Outcomes
    Our MA in International Higher Education prepares you to:
    Average salary for professionals in these careers in New England.
    With a range of career options and average salaries of over $50,000 per year, graduates from international higher education and international relations programs enjoy excellent employment opportunities here and abroad. From advising to administration, communications, and beyond, the program will prepare you for working across cultures and borders. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
    faculty Louise Michelle Vital
    International Higher Education
    Michelle Vital
    Core faculty Michelle Vital seeks to unpack challenges in marginalized communities and discover how higher education can be used to address those challenges. She endeavors to learn more about others and the cultural influences that underpin their lived experiences. She writes, “My positionality as a first-generation American and daughter of Haitian immigrants has largely shaped how I view and understand the world and has proved instrumental in the academic and professional decisions I have made.”
    Where You Could Work
    Job opportunities in this field are projected to grow eight percent over the next ten years. Graduates pursue careers in international education, advising, administration, and more. A few examples include:


    Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
    International Higher Education
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      $1,050/credit x 33
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    Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

    If you pursue an internship as an elective, you'll be charged a $35 practicum fee.

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