International Education M.Ed.

The master's degree in international education program 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 program provides opportunities to focus on formal or non-formal education, community education, teacher education, adult literacy and learning theories, gender issues in development, social theories of education, comparative education, cultural issues in education, and education in crisis and conflict contexts. Students can also choose to focus on issues of formal education and development. Courses and co-curricular activities also bring an international dimension to education in the United States.

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 should 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/or international settings; and practical skills in training, project development, research, and evaluation.

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Course of Study

Master’s programs of study are individually designed by the student in consultation with his/her faculty advisor. Students are required to take two courses:

Course Description Credits
EDUC 733 Foundations in International Education 3
EDUC 630 Master's Seminar in International Education 3

    The program of study typically takes four semesters to complete. Courses are taken within the international education concentration and across the College of Education or the university, according to the interests and needs of the student.

    The minimum degree requirements are 36 course credits and a master's project. The project serves as a capstone experience for the student’s academic study. The project does not need to be a formal thesis paper. It can be a written paper of substantial length (40-50+ pages) or a practical product such as a training guidebook, an action research project, or another project/product which links the student’s program of study with past, present, or future professional work. As the culmination of the program of study, the capstone project provides an opportunity for the student to conduct an in-depth study or activity on a topic of professional interest.

    The required master's capstone project integrates students' academic learning and extra-curricular or applied work. Recent master's projects included:

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    Admissions

    Applications to the International Education master's program can be submitted through the Graduate School.

    Application Timeline

    The application deadline for fall admission is January 2. Applicants typically receive admissions decisions in early March. 

    Prerequisites

    Successful candidates are usually early- or mid-career professionals who have experience working in development education with marginalized populations, particularly in developing countries. We look for applicants who have meaningful experience of immersion in another culture while engaged in education and development-related work, often at the community level.

    Required Materials

    • 2 letters of reference
    • Personal statement
    • Résumé/CV
    • Transcripts
    • Online application 
    • English Language Proficiency test scores
    • GRE is not required

    Contact Information

    jsouthgate@educ.umass.edu (Jennie Southgate, Departmental Administrator).