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.
As a student in the IHE certificate program, you will gain access to the Center for International Higher Education’s extensive global network. CIHE’s partners from around the world frequently participate in classes as guest speakers and host students for their final project. You will also study with peers from around the world through a range of international partnerships, including with the Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico), Sophia University (Japan) and Yonsei University (South Korea).
Recent graduates of the Certificate program do international work at universities, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Boston College collaborates with key partners around the world, opening international networking opportunities to our students. You can also take advantage of the resources of the Boston College Career Center, which offers employment counseling and help with placements in the Greater Boston area.
This certificate consists of five courses, including one field experience, for a total of 15 credits.
Students typically take 18 months to complete the program, but it can be completed in 12.
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.
Yes, students can complete the program from a distance. Domestic students can also attend classes on campus.
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in email@example.com 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