Social Sciences

International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations

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

Open doors to a global career.

Engage your passion for promoting collaboration, communication, mutual respect, and understanding across cultures. Transform the way you perceive and work with others in today’s interdependent global community. Gain the practical skills and expertise for rewarding careers in international higher education and other settings.

Through Lesley University's pioneering master's degree program, you'll develop your understanding of intercultural relations and learn how to infuse it into professional areas of endeavor, including:

  • International Student Advising
  • Study Abroad Advising & Program Development
  • Recruitment & Admissions
  • International Student Mobility & Inclusion
  • And More

Working within our graduate program’s flexible framework, tailor your studies to your interests and career aspirations. Choose to focus in-depth on issues in international higher education or intercultural relations. Build the tools and knowledge needed in international higher education and a range of fields, including nonprofit and NGOs, community development, and human services. 

Through professional internships, apply academic theory to hands-on work in culturally rich environments. Pursue opportunities in the Boston area, a international hub of higher education, or take your skills and experiences around the globe. Graduate connected to Lesley University’s global network of professionals and educators.

Program Structure

Full-Time or Part-Time On-Campus Program

36 Credits
“My classes at Lesley helped me to gain a nuanced understanding of what culture is.”
Kwadwo Poku ’09, International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations
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Cambridge, MA

A nexus for creativity and academia, each year 250,000 students arrive here from around the globe. The intellectual and cultural capital runs deep, and so do your opportunities for community and innovation. From Lesley’s location, access a vibrant multicultural population, world-class institutions, and cultural organizations.

Average salary for professionals in these careers.
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.
kwadwo poku intercultural relations alum
International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations
Kwadwo Poku ’09
“Attempting to find one definition of culture is similar to trying to describe entrepreneurship—each term carries many different interpretations,” says Kwadwo. He knows firsthand the intricacies of both. The MIT Legatum Center’s mission is to catalyze entrepreneurship for prosperity in low-income countries. And as the recruitment and alumni manager, he supports MIT students who have received a Legatum Fellowship as they embark on the process of launching for-profit businesses in developing countries.
faculty sylvia cowan
International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations
Dr. Sylvia Cowan
Sylvia has directed training and consulting for major international/intercultural consulting companies. Her talents developing strong teams with people of varied backgrounds and integrating theory and practice are evident in her work across cultures, especially in intercultural management, training, consulting, and organizational development. Her interests have led her to explore issues of culture and identity, conflict, and immigration.
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:


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International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations
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