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. The first of its kind, 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 prepare you for a career as a scholar-practitioner or a researcher.
Unlike many graduate programs in higher education, we take a comparative approach rather than centering the U.S. context. Our affiliation with the CIHE allows our students to connect directly with experts and institutions around the world to gain a global perspective on policy, practice, and theory.
Regardless whether you choose the Scholar-Practitioner or Research Intensive track, 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. You will also gain crucial experience putting research skills in practice through your final capstone research project.
For students on the Scholar-Practitioner track, this takes the form of a semester-long consultancy-style project, which is designed with and for an organization in the field. Examples of past project placements include:
Students on the Research Intensive track work independently to conduct a traditional master’s thesis on a topic of personal interest to them.
Our online and hybrid options enable students (and visiting speakers who live abroad) to join counterparts in Boston, fostering a truly global conversation.
“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.”
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 generally require two years to complete the program.
The program begins in the fall semester.
Yes, you can complete the program in person, from a distance, or through 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. ”
You have the choice of two possible tracks through the program, each of which culminates in a final assessment (either a thesis or an applied research project). Academic advisors will support you as you decide which track best aligns with your interests.
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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.
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The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 million in financial aid to students each year. The quality of the University’s instruction, the benefits of individual connections to its nearly 190,000-member alumni network, and the influence of a BC degree on your employment prospects are exceptional. Thanks to our range of aid options, they are also affordable.
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