Certificate in International Higher Education

Certificate in International Higher Education

Designed to provide you with a broad understanding of global higher education, our certificate program examines the challenges and opportunities facing higher education systems in different regions of the world.

The program outlines major trends and issues affecting this fast-growing field, and provides the skills to understand and analyze policy, practice, and theory. You’ll explore cross-cutting topics, such as leadership and management, economics and finance, student affairs, and teaching and learning, all from both global and regional standpoints.

The certificate provides you with the opportunity to hone your scholarly perspective, develop new skills, deepen your knowledge of key issues and trends in the international education field, and expand your professional network.

Successful completion of this certificate can be applied to a Master of Arts (M.A) in International Higher Education.

Master of Arts (M.A) in International Higher Education

At a Glance

How many courses?

This certificate consists of five courses, including one field experience, for a total of 15 credits.

How long will it take?

Students typically take 18 months to complete the program, but it can be completed in 12.

When can I start?

Students are strongly encouraged to begin the program in the fall semester, but it is possible to begin the program at any time during the year.

Can I complete the program online?

Yes, students can complete the program from a distance. Domestic students can also attend classes on campus.

Program Faculty & Expertise

Adjunct Faculty

Photo of Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, Emeritus Professor and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)

Professor Ellen Hazelkorn
Emeritus Professor and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)

Photo of Dr. Ariane de Gayardon, Researcher, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente

Dr. Ariane de Gayardon
Researcher, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente

What will I study?


  • Courses: 5
  • Credits: 15

Application Information



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A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.


In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
  • Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 250-500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.


All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.

  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.

  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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