Master's in International Education


International education is grounded in the social sciences drawing many of its insights from economics, sociology, psychology, political science, and anthropology. Thus students who take up studies in international education are well advised to complement their educational studies with serious commitment to one or more of these core disciplines. While international education has one foot in the rich theoretical perspectives of the social sciences, it also steps out into the complexities of the real world through examining the actual practice of education in specific regional contexts. This practice may occur in formal schools and higher educational institutions. It also may occur in war zones, refugee camps, nomadic villages, or other unusual settings.

This program is designed for persons who are entering or advancing in positions associated with training, education, adult learning, and development activities in diverse settings that require international understanding. The program aims toward preparation of leaders to bring about improvements in developing education systems. Students acquire knowledge of other countries and cultures, using the education system as a means of interpreting and translating knowledge across cultures and analysis of the formal and nonformal school systems as they reflect history, culture, development, values, contemporary concerns, and future trends. In addition, students acquire tools, methods, and habits of analysis that enable them to play a variety of roles as leaders and change agents.

This program houses the GW UNESCO Chair for International Education & Development.  Learn more about the mission and activities associated with this prestigious honor.


Why a Master's in International Education?

  • Access with Impact: The GSEHD International Education program has a rich history of training students to lead and address critical education issues in international organizations, government, business and non-profit organizations. Students have access to global opportunities within walking distance of campus. Embassies, the World Bank, the US government and over 100 non-profits based in Washington DC influence the course of global education. Students are well positioned to take advantage of internships and professional networks, development and employment opportunities, as well as pioneering research, lectures, and policy events. GSEHD offers students access to opinion leaders and the opportunity to learn from our faculty who are leading experts on global policy trends, assessments, politics, conflict and education, student exchange, access, equity and inclusion, global citizenship and migration.
  • Home to the UNESCO Chair: One of only two Education Schools selected from world-wide competition, GSEHD and UNESCO initiatives promote equitable access to quality education for all and offer scholarships for study abroad. GSEHD's first UNESCO scholar spent the summer in Bangkok, Thailand.

Required: 36 credits, including 18 credits in required courses, 9 credits in courses in a specialization, and 9 credits in elective courses.


EDUC 6114: Introduction to Quantitative Research
or EDUC 6116: Introduction to Educational Statistics


EDUC 6601: International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602: Regional Studies in International Education
EDUC 6610: Programs and Policies in International Education
EDUC 6615: Internationalizing U.S. Schools
EDUC 6620: Strategies and Analysis in International Education
EDUC 6630: International Experiences
EDUC 6660: Capstone in International Education
EDUC 6631: Internship: International Education
EDUC 6640: Selected Topics in International Education
EDUC 6650: Education and National Development

SPECIALIZATION: 9 credits in a professional, academic, or regional specialization selected in consultation with the program advisor.

ELECTIVES: 9 credits of approved electives selected in consultation with the program advisor.

Up to 6 additional credit hours of internship may be required for students who do not have international education related experience.

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Career Opportunities

Our graduates are improving access, equity and the experience of education across the nation and around the world. You will find our graduates leading at:

  • Georgetown University, BMW Center for German and European Studies
  • Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
  • NAFSA Association of International Educators
  • Education Development Center
  • George Mason University International Student Services
  • Institute of international Education
  • British Council
  • American School of Mozambique
  • Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies
  • Institute of international Education
  • WomenOne
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Study Abroad/Foreign Student & Scholar Office
  • The Alliance for Global Education
  • University of Maryland, International Scholar and Student Services