Doctoral Degree: Educational Policy and Leadership Concentration

Specialization in International Education

The educational policy and leadership concentration’s specialization in international education provides students with the opportunity to study the role of education in the context of Asia, Africa, and Latin America and other developing areas. The specialization provides opportunities to focus on non-formal, popular education, adult and community education, teacher education, adult literacy, and gender issues in development.  Students can also choose to focus on issues of formal education and development as well. Courses and co-curricular activities also bring an international dimension to education in the United States. 

Admissions Process

The admissions process for the educational policy and leadership concentration’s specialization in international education has two steps which are outlined below.  We also strongly encourage applicants to be interviewed either in person or by Skype.  We are happy to answer questions or help you obtain the needed forms if necessary. If you have questions before applying, we encourage you to contact us at for help or further information.

Applying to for doctoral degree in educational policy and leadership, international education specialization, requires two steps:

Step One - Complete the online application process for UMass Amherst Graduate School Here.

Step Two - Complete supplemental forms for specialization in international education which are available Here.  Completed forms should be sent to

All students in international education are expected to become aware of social justice issues in education and to understand participatory and popular education approaches to education. Graduates are expected to have developed an in-depth awareness of cultural differences; the ability to apply critical theory and pedagogy in both schools and communities in domestic and international settings; and practical skills in training, project development, research, and evaluation.

Students in international education have the opportunity to become linked to the College of Education’s Center for International Education (CIE) to assure a symbiotic relationship between academic studies and the practical realities of international development work. Many students receive financial support from projects in CIE. The combination of academic courses, a participatory community structure, and active involvement in applied projects and research activities form the basis of the curriculum of the specialization. See Center for International Education web page.

Admissions Criteria

The international education specialization in the educational policy and leadership doctoral concentration leads to an Ph.D. degree. It is designed for professionals with extensive relevant international field experience (a minimum of two years, but often much more). Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a professional commitment to working in education in developing countries, a commitment to issues of social justice, and career goals congruent with the program. 

Program of Study

Contact Information

Associated Faculty

David R. Evans (Professor), Sangeeta Kamat (Professor), Jacqueline Mosselson (Associate Professor), Bjorn H. Nordtveit (Associate Professor), Gretchen Rossman (Professor), Cristine Smith (Associate Professor).

Affiliated Faculty

Joseph B. Berger (Professor and Senior Associate Dean), John Comings (Adjunct Professor), Ash Hartwell (Adjunct Professor), Sharon F. Rallis (Dwight W. Allen Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and Reform).