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Thank you for considering graduate study in the International Education program in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. To apply for degree programs in International Education, follow the links below.

Admission to International Education Degree programs

Welcome to the International Education page about applying to degree programs.

The College of Education offers two degree programs in International Education: a Master's degree, and a doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership with a concentration in International Education. Application instructions and more details about these degree programs can be found on the College of Education web site.

To apply for admission click on the desired degree below.

Master's degree in International Education

Doctorate with concentration in International Education

We are happy to answer questions and help with the admissions process. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly by email at ieadmit@umass.edu. Answers to Frequently Asked questions are below.

The International Education academic concentration is closely affiliated with the Center for International Education (CIE). CIE engages in a wide variety of research and project work around the world in international development education. This work is implemented by teams of faculty and students. CIE was founded in 1968 and has a world-wide network of graduates from the academic programs, colleagues involved in current and previous project work, and current degree students and faculty. If you are interested in meeting a graduate of the UMass International Education programs in your location, it is likely we will be able to arrange that for you.

This international commitment of CIE is reflected in the fact that international students make up approximately 60% of the our current students. Student, faculty, and project commitments focus on serving the most marginalized populations around the globe, often in conflict settings. CIE and the academic degree programs are tightly linked in order to assure a close relationship between academic studies and the practical realities of international development work on the ground.



Frequently Asked Questions About International Education at UMass


What degrees does the International Education (IE) program offer?
Does the program provide training for those interested in TESL/TESOL and related language issues?
What is the vision of the International Education program and its associated Center?
What qualifications is the IE program looking for in successful applicants?
Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required for admission?
Where can international students get information and help about studying at UMass?
Is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for international students?
When are the admissions deadlines?
Is an interview required during the admissions process?
What admissions fees are required?
Should I contact IE before submitting my application?
Is funding available through IE or CIE? Are assistantships available?
How do I contact the International Education program?
Where is the Center for International Education located?
Do you have driving directions to the Center?
What is IE's address/email/fax?

Q: What degrees does the International Education program offer?

A: The International Education program is part of the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts. The College of Education offers the following two degrees for students who wish to specialize in international education:

1) Masters in Education (M.Ed.) in International Education

2) Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Education Policy and Leadership with a specialization in International Education. (in the near future the College will replace the Ed.D. with a Ph.D. program. Assuming final approval is received from the Board of Trustees, anyone admitted in Fall of 2015 will be eligible to join a Ph.D. program).

Q: Does the program provide training for those interested in TESL/TESOL and related language issues?

A: The IE degrees are not intended for those interested in studying ESL, TESL, TESOL or other language acquisition skills and issues. There is a program in the College of Education at UMass called Language, Literacy and Culture which focuses on those topics. If that is your interest, please contact them directly for more information about their degree programs.

Q: What is the Vision of the IE program and its associated Center for International Education?

The International Education program and its affiliated Center for International Education create a learning community of practice composed of highly diverse and reflective practitioner-scholars from around the globe. Center members include current graduate students, faculty and staff, and a world-wide network of over 600 graduates. 

Our goal is deepening understanding and fostering socially just programs and approaches to learning around the globe. 

Our approach is integrating theory and practice; in-class and out-of-class learning; and work and reflection.

With a deep commitment to work with populations who have been marginalized by gender, race, ethnicity, poverty, war and other crises, we learn about, stand for, and practice three principles:

  • Thinking, teaching, and learning critically
  • Engaging with issues of social justice in everyday interactions, teaching and learning environments, programs, and policies and
  • Learning about and practicing thoughtful and ethical intercultural communications

Q: What Qualifications is IE looking for in successful applicants?

A: The IE program is looking for mid-career professionals who have at least two years of experience working in development education outside North America or Western Europe. We require our applicants to have meaningful, long-term experience of immersion in another culture while engaged in education and development-related work, often at the community level. While the 'two years' is not a strict rule, competitive candidates often have more than two years of such experience. It is up to the admissions committee to decide what constitutes in-depth, long-term international experience. For international applicants, experience working in development education in their own and other non-Western countries is required.

Q: Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required for admission?

A: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required by the College of Education, but applicants may submit scores if they wish.

Q: Where can International Students get information and help about studying at UMass?

A: The University has an Office of International Programs that assists international students with visas and provides other helpful information.

Q: Is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for International Students?

A: Yes, the TOEFL exam is required for all International students applying to UMass. International students can click here for additional information about the TOEFL exam and applying to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Q: When are the admissions deadlines?

A: The IE program admissions committee considers applications twice a year (for the Fall and Spring semesters), although most applicants typically enter in the Fall. Deadlines for submission of application and supporting credentials, including the application fee in U.S. currency, are listed below. If you are having trouble with the deadlines, contact the admissions coordinator.

Application Deadline for Fall (September) semester: January 15th
For example, if you plan to enroll in September, 2016, you must have ALL of your admissions materials (for IE and the Graduate School) submitted by January 15, 2016.
(Late applicants should contact us directly for information)

Application Deadline for Spring (February) semester: October 1st of the previous year.
For example, if you plan to enroll in February, 2016, you must have ALL of your admissions materials (for IE and the Graduate School) submitted by October 1, 2015.

Q: Is an interview required during the admissions process?

A: Applicants are strongly urged to visit the Center for an interview if at all possible. Interviews for those who can't reasonably visit can often be arranged when CIE members are traveling or living in the applicant's country. Telephone or Skype interviews may also be used.

Q: What admissions fees are required?

A:.The Graduate School charges a fee of $75 for all applications to graduate programs, effective July 1, 2012.. The IE program does not charge any additional admissions fee.

Q: Should I contact CIE before submitting my application?

A: Applicants are encouraged to contact the International Education Admissions Coordinator to discuss their interest before submitting an application. Contact us by email at ieadmit@umass.edu or call 413-545-0465

Q: Is funding available through the Center? Are Assistantships Available?

A: The last two pages of the IE admissions materials answer questions about funding for international and domestic graduate students. We work hard to help students find graduate assistantships for both Masters and doctoral students, or to put them in contact with possible sources of funding.

Q: How do I contact the IE program or the Center for International Education

Admissions Coordinator
Center for International Education
University of Massachusetts
285 Hills House South
Amherst, MA 01003

Telephone: (413)545-0465 | Fax: (413)545-1263
E-mail:
ieadmit@umass.edu or cie@educ.umass.edu
CIE Web Site: http://www.umass.edu/cie

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Q: Where is the Center for International Education located?

A: The Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is located in Western Massachusetts, approximately 2 hours from Boston and 3 hours from New York City by car. It is served by a bus system that comes directly to campus from New York City and Boston.

The nearest airport is Bradley International Airport (Hartford-Springfield airport) in Connecticut is about one hour away. Bus and pickup service to Amherst is available.

 

 

Q: Do you have driving directions to the Center?

A: Driving Directions by car ( * NOTE: CIE is at the top of this map... 285 Hills South)

From the East (Boston area) via the Massachusetts Turnpike:

l. Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) west to Exit 4 (I-9l, W. Springfield) - 78 miles from I-95/Route 128
2. I-9l north to Exit l9 (Route 9-Northampton) - l9 miles
3. Bear right (east) on Route 9, to Route 116N - 5 miles
4. Left on Route 116N to "UMASS" exit
5. Right at the top of the exit ramp and follow signs to the Visitors Center.
6. From the Visitor's Center, walk Northeast for about 5 minutes to 285 Hills South.

Alternate routes from the East:

1. Massachusetts Turnpike west to Exit 8 (Palmer) - get directions to the campus at the toll booth. (This route is somewhat longer and more complicated but is more scenic and involves less turnpike driving.)
2. Route 2 west to U.S. 202 (Orange); U.S. 202 south 15 miles to "Route 9 and 116 Amherst" exit, at blinker (Pelham); turn right and go 7 miles to Amherst center; turn right at lights on North Pleasant Street; and left at the second light, to the campus.

From the South Shore (of Massachusetts) and Cape Cod Area:

l. I-495 to Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90)
2. I-90 west to Exit 4 (I-9l, West Springfield) - 60 miles from I-495
3. I-9l north to Exit l9 (Route 9-Northampton) - l9 miles
4. Bear right (east) on Route 9, to Route 116N - 5 miles
5. Left on Route 116N to "UMASS" exit
6. Right at the top of the exit ramp and follow signs to the Visitors Center
7. From the Visitor's Center, walk Northeast for about 5 minutes to 285 Hills South.

From the South (Connecticut, New York, New Jersey area):

l. I-9l through Hartford or I-84 to Hartford
2. I-9l north, through Springfield, to Exit l9 (Route 9, Northampton) - approximately 45 miles from Hartford
3. Bear right (east) on Route 9, to Route 116N - 5 miles
4. Left on Route 116N to "UMASS" exit
5. Right at the top of the exit ramp and follow signs to the Visitors Center
6. From the Visitor's Center, walk Northeast for about 5 minutes to 285 Hills South.

From the West:

l. Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) east to Exit 4 (I-90, West Springfield)
2. I-9l north to Exit l9 (Route 9-Northampton) - l9 miles
3. Bear right (east) on Route 9, to Route 116N - 5 miles
4. Left on Route 116N to "UMASS" exit
5. Right at the top of the exit ramp and follow signs to the Visitors Center
6. From the Visitor's Center, walk Northeast for about 5 minutes to 285 Hills South.

From the North (Vermont):

l. I-9l south to Route 116 Exit (Whately)
2. Left at top of the exit ramp, then immediately right onto Route 116
3. Route 116 South to "UMASS" exit - approximately 9 miles
4. Left at top of the exit ramp and follow signs to UMass
5. From the Visitor's Center, walk Northeast for about 5 minutes to 285 Hills South.

From the North (New Hampshire):

Depending on where you are coming from in NH, I-93 south to I-495 South; to Route 2 west; to U.S. 202 south; 15 miles to blinker at "Route 9 and 116 Amherst" exit (Pelham); right, 7 miles to Amherst Center; right at lights on North Pleasant Street to second traffic lights and turn left to campus.


By air: Bradley International Airport (Hartford/Springfield) is 45 miles south of the University; Logan International Airport (Boston) is 90 miles to the east.

Valley Transporter (800-872-8752) -- airport transportation services

By bus: Greyhound (800-229-9424) serves Springfield, and Peter Pan Bus Lines (800-343-9999) serves Amherst. The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (413-586-5806) is free locally during the school year.

By train: See Amtrak's schedules, or call 800-872-7245.

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