Teaching and Training
The Center for International Higher Education is involved in the training of graduate students as an integral part of Boston College's Lynch School of Education. In particular, the Center regularly hosts PhD students as research assistants. Since 2017, the Center has also been responsible for delivering a Master of Arts degree in International Higher Education.
This 30-credit program (which can be completed in as few as 12 months or spread over two academic years) 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. Our graduates have gone to hold a variety of positions in the field locally, nationally, and around the world. For a closer to look at the career paths of our alumni, click here.
PhD students interested in international higher education may have the opportunity to undertake 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.
CIHE frequently designs and delivers professional development seminars and training modules for higher education administrators, leaders, policymakers, and academics. Seminars and modules may run for one day, several days, or for several weeks, and can be delivered at Boston College or elsewhere in the world. Curricula and training methodologies are developed jointly with client organizations and institutions, and typically aim to provide participants with global perspectives on key issues in leadership, management and strategic planning in higher education, often with a specific focus on matters of internationalization and global engagement.
CIHE's location in the Boston area, home to tens of institutions of higher learning of many different sizes and profiles, offers a unique "living laboratory" for the training around many different dimension of the higher education enterprise.
Please contact CIHE for more information about possible training or professional development support.