Our degree program offers a rich comparative perspective on diverse higher education contexts around the world, the tools to conduct high-quality research and put it into practice, and specialized tracks to support both research —and practice— focused careers in higher education.
“At BC, we recognize the importance of a sense of mission that goes beyond acquiring skills and content. International connections are transformative, and we help students think about how institutions can incorporate global and intercultural dimensions into all their activities.”
During her time as an undergrad at Gettysburg, Ashley Brookes had the opportunity to study abroad in Uganda and Rwanda. This transformative experience inspired her to help other students engage in transformational study abroad experiences during their undergraduate careers. Ashley worked with the College Year in Athens (CYA) program for three years before starting the MA in IHE program.
Brookes was the first graduate of the MA in IHE program and credits her degree with obtaining her current position in study abroad at Wake Forest University. Ashley's current portfolio includes working with semester study abroad students, various diversity and inclusion efforts, and WFU's Community-Based Global Learning program, an ethical service-learning program that she helped develop, which takes diverse student groups to sub-Saharan Africa, southeast Asia, and south and Latin America and is paired with extensive training in ethical community engagement.
As an ESL teacher in Turkey, India, and Germany, Courtney Hartzell appreciated the international focus that the Masters of International Higher Education program that Boston College offered, as it would help her to actualize her career goals.
During her time in the program, Hartzell discovered her enthusiasm for studying international education networks, a topic that she explored through her master's thesis focusing on European University Networks. She credits her time at Boston College with inspiring her and giving her the confidence necessary to pursue her Ph.D., a goal that she did not realize until her time in the MA program.
With 19 years of experience working on international higher education issues, performing administrative functions at the Center of Studies for Foreigners and the General Coordination for Cooperation & Internationalization at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Ismael Crotte applied to the International Higher Ed program hoping that it would provide the academic theory to support his years of administrative experience.
During his time at Boston College, he found an academic new world and also discovered a new path: writing articles and performing research.
In search of a program that would expose her to world-class scholars and cutting-edge ideas and research that would help her to realize her academic goals, Sanfeng Miao was eager to begin her program at Boston College.
During her time at BC, the research training that Miao received helped her to build a solid foundation for a scholarly career in the field of international higher education. Today, her doctoral work considers the global academic labor force, international students’ experience, and curriculum internationalization across disciplines. She continues to frequently apply what she learned from CIHE to her work and feels grateful to have studied here.
Through her own “alternative” educational experiences of homeschooling and graduating from a community college to shape her approach to internationalization, Karen Miller became a certified ESL instructor in Mexico, Boston, and New York. While pursuing the master's program at Boston College, Karen was actively involved in international organizations and conducted research with the American Council on Education and the New England Board of Higher Education.
Today Miller leads internationalization at home efforts including internationalization of the curriculum, coordinates the school’s dual-degree programs, trains faculty in their virtual exchange workshop, operates the Cultural Ambassador Program for students, and continues to advocate for international opportunities for all, regardless of background or status.
The M.A. in International Higher Education leverages the renown of Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) to prepare you for a career as a practitioner, policymaker, administrator, or researcher in the fast-growing field of international higher education. We take a comparative approach rather than centering the U.S. context.
“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.”
Students have two possible tracks, each of which culminates in a final assessment (either a thesis or an applied research project). Academic advisors will help you decide which track best aligns with your interests. Online and hybrid options enable international students and scholars to join counterparts in Boston, fostering a truly global conversation.
The Scholar-Practitioner track (18 months) is designed for those focused on professional careers in international higher education. In addition to taught content, students complete an applied research project, conducted “in placement” with an organization in the field, and a final comprehensive exam. International applicants already working in higher education can choose to focus their final project on their home institution, by spending one year in Boston and then returning home to complete the applied project component.
The Research Intensive track (2 years) is suited for those interested in research careers in international higher education. Students complete a traditional academic thesis in the second year.
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.
A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required. The fee is waived for select applicants.
*In order to participate in the February admitted student Interview Days programming, applicants must apply by the priority deadline.
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In addition to your academic history and relevant volunteer and/or 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.
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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.
Two letters of recommendation are required, with at least one preferably coming from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice.
Transcripts from all college/university study are required.
Applicants who have received degrees from institutions outside the United States should view the "International Students" section for additional credential evaluation requirements.
Please begin your online application before submitting your transcripts. Details on how to submit transcripts and international credential evaluations can be found within the application. In order to ensure your transcript reaches our office, it is important to review and follow the instructions.
Submitting GRE test scores is optional for this program for the 2023 entry term(s). If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.
Please view the "International Students" section for information on English Proficiency test requirements.
Applicants who 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.
Applicants who are not native speakers of English and who have not received a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS test result that meets the minimum score requirement.
Please click the link below for full details on these requirements.
Requirements for International Students
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.