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 Boston College’s renowned Center for International Higher Education.
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.
Students can pursue our program on a full or part-time basis. You can complete the program on campus, from a distance, or in a hybrid format.
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 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.
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. The Research Intensive track is suited for those interested in research careers in international higher education. The Scholar Practitioner track is designed for those seeking professional careers in international higher education. Academic advisors will support you with deciding the track that best aligns with your interests. Please note that core courses and research courses are required; International Higher Education Electives (at least two) and other electives can be taken in the Lynch School or at consortium universities in the Boston area.
Please note that courses may vary depending on track and semester. View the program of study below for full course listings.
“Our program provides students with the research-based professional experience that leads to international management-level careers in universities, higher education institutions, and organizations.”
“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. ”
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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 $7.5 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. Here’s why:
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Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice.
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.
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If your degree was obtained from an institution outside of the U.S. you are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved evaluator. A complete list of NACES-approved evaluators is found on the Directory of NACES Members.
Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:
Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
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140 Commonwealth Avenue
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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.