The Master of Arts in International Higher Education program at this first-tier research university outlines the major trends and issues affecting this fast-growing field and provides the skills to understand and analyze policy, practice, and theory.
Are you hoping to build a career in international higher education at a university, association, or policymaking organization? If so, consider Boston College’s 30 credit Master of Arts in International Higher Education.
Designed to provide you with a deep understanding of and a scholarly perspective on global higher education, this master’s program examines challenges and opportunities in different geographic regions, and explores such cross-cutting topics as leadership and management, economics and finance, and teaching learning, and student affairs in the field--from global and regional standpoints. The program is directed by Hans de Wit, a recognized authority on global higher education and director of Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), and coordinated by Rebecca Schendel, associate director of CIHE. Contributions from faculty and guest lecturers from around the world add authentic international dimension to the topics at hand. This engagement is facilitated by online and onsite coursework options, which also allow students to explore worldwide field placement opportunities.
Students have the choice of two possible 'tracks' through the program. The first track ('Research Intensive') is best suited to those interested in research careers in international higher education. Students in the research track must complete two research methods classes and a thesis in order to graduate. The second track ('Scholar Practitioner') is best suited to those interested in professional careers in international higher education. Students in the Scholar-Practitioner track do not complete a thesis. Instead, they complete an applied research project, as part of a field placement, and a comprehensive exam. Students in this track may also take two additional content electives.
As a result of successful completion of the MA in International Higher Education, students should:
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This program consists of 10 courses for a total of 30 credits.
Students in the Scholar-Practitioner track can complete the program in 18 months.
Those on the Research track will generally require two years to complete the program.
Students must begin the program in the Fall semester.
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In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications, and any intercultural/international experience.
In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.
Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form
Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice.
Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:
Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:
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Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
This program does not require the GRE or any other standardized test. If you wish to submit a score report, the Lynch School code is 3218.