This first of its kind master's program leverages the renown of Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education. Our master’s program outlines the major trends affecting the fast-growing field of global higher education, providing the necessary skills to understand and analyze international policy, practice, and theory.
You will have the opportunity to examine the challenges and opportunities facing higher education systems in different geographic regions and explore key themes of relevance in the field, including those related to governance and leadership, finance, student affairs, and teaching and learning.
With a unique focus on comparative perspectives and an emphasis on high quality research as a key tool, this degree will be useful to not only those in academia but also individuals working in international higher education as policy-makers and practitioners. The program is directed by Hans de Wit, a recognized authority on global higher education and Director of the Center for International Higher Education.
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As a result of successful completion of the Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Higher Education, students should:
Our international partnerships include a dual degree program with the University of Guadalajara (Mexico), a streamlined admissions process for students from Sophia University (Japan) and an exchange option with Yonsei University (South Korea). As a result, the students in our classes respresent a wide diversity of backgrounds and experiences.
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.
Graduates of the program have pursued doctoral study at institutions including the University of Calgary, George Washington University, the University of Minnesota, and Michigan State University. They work in roles ranging from study abroad administration at Wake Forest and Colorado State Universities, to career services administration at MIT, to internationalization oversight at Tompkins-Cortland Community College, and academic services at the University of Guadalajara's Center for Economic & Administrative Sciences.
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.
Yes, students can complete the program in person, from a distance, or with a hybrid format.
“I had been waiting for years for this particular master’s program to be offered—with just the right combination of theory of international education and practice focusing on the management of global engagement operations. ”
“Our program prepares students for an international academic career through a thesis based research track, and for an international management-level career through a field experience based practitioners track. ”
You have the choice of two possible tracks through the program, which culminate in either a thesis or comprehensive exam at the end of the program. Academic advisors will support you with deciding the track that best aligns with your interests.
Study Abroad Advisor
Education Abroad Coordinator
Exchange & Program Manager
Academic Services Coordinator
This award is given annually to a graduating student in the Higher Education program who embodies the quality of academic excellence and service which reflects the Jesuit ideal of education in the service of others.
Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.
The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable.
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Submitting GRE test scores is optional and not required for 2021 entry term(s). If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.
Applicants that have completed a degree outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) completed by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.