Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

Center for International Higher Education

Graduate Studies

The Center for International Higher Education is involved in the training of graduate students through the Boston College's Lynch School of Education. In particular, the Center regularly hosts PhD students as research assistants. Beginning in September 2016, the Center will also be responsible for delivering a full Master's degree in International Higher Education.

This 30-credit program (which can be completed in 12 months) is designed to provide participants with a cutting-edge and highly internationalized perspective on higher education policy and practice in a globalized context.

The program is ideally suited for students interested in developing careers in strategic leadership for internationalization of higher education, in policymaking for higher education in international organizations, and related areas.

Building on the decades-long tradition at Boston College of offering academically rigorous and professionally relevant preparation in the field of higher education administration, the program specifically leverages CIHE’s deep expertise and extensive knowledge network in the field of international higher education. Notable features include a required field placement experience, innovative coursework (including onsite, online, and hybrid delivery), access to key thought leaders in the field of international higher education, and a focus on cultivating research skills and sensibilities.

More information on the M.A. degree can be found here.

Please direct all inquiries to Laura E. Rumbley, CIHE Associate Director.

At the doctoral level, Boston College offers the doctorate of philosophy (PhD) degree in Higher Education. The doctoral program is designed to prepare experienced practitioners for senior administrative and policy-making posts, and careers in teaching/research in the field of higher education. The program has several specific programmatic foci that permit students to specialize in an area of interest - including international and comparative higher education.

PhD students interested in international higher education can be offered an assistantship at CIHE.

Applications must be made through the Lynch School of Education graduate admission website, but prospective doctoral students interested in CIHE's work can address their specific enquiries to CIHE Director Hans de Wit.

Center staff regularly teach courses on international issues in higher education. These are open to students enrolled in various degree programs at Boston College; non-degree students may also be given permission to enroll. Course offerings include:

  • Spring:
    •    ELHE 7202 - Global and Comparative Systems of Higher Education
  • Fall:
    •    ELHE 7603 - Internationalization of American Higher Education