Master's in International Education

To ensure constructive leadership and improvements in our global community, we must address critical education issues concerning education reform and social justice on a world-wide scale. Whether it is through an emphasis on formal schooling, higher education institutions, or education in war zones, refugee camps, nomadic villages, and other unusual settings, international education professionals are prepared to bring about improvements in developing education systems.

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. At GW, a Master’s degree in International Education gives you the opportunity to choose from three specializations: International higher education, international education development, and global education. 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 non-formal 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. GW's International Education program recognizes the importance of rich theoretical perspectives, but also steps out into the complexities of the real world through examining the actual practice of education in specific regional contexts.

This program houses the GW UNESCO Chair for International Education & Development, one of only two education schools selected from world-wide competition.  Learn more about the mission and activities associated with this prestigious honor.

Students interested in teaching English may enroll concurrently in the International Education Masters program and the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Courses can be applied toward earning the Masters degree and certificate.


Why a Master's in International Education?

Location: 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 U.S. 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.
Study Abroad: Students in the International Education program may have the opportunity to participate in short term study abroad trips for course credit. These opportunities allow students to further their work as scholar-practitioners through exposure to and research of other international perspectives.
Convenient Schedule: Courses are scheduled once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, and for internship experiences.


Required: 30 credits, including 18 credits in required courses, 9 credits in courses in a specialization, and 3 credits in elective courses.

EDUC 6112 Foundations of Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education
or 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 6620 Strategies and Analysis in International Education
EDUC 6630 International Experiences
EDUC 6631 Internship: International Education
EDUC 6640 Selected Topics in International Education
EDUC 6660: Capstone in International Education

Education and Development Study Stream
EDUC 6610Policy Issues in International Education: Developing Countries
EDUC 6620Planning Education Reform in Developing Countries
Global Education Study Stream
EDUC 6610Migration and Mobility: Exploring Citizenship and Education in the Global Era
EDUC 6615Internationalizing U.S. Schools
International Higher Education Stream
EDUC 6610International Higher Education
EDUC 6620Managing Study Abroad and International Student Offices

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

ELECTIVES: 3 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 Outlook


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
  • WomenOne
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Study Abroad/Foreign Student & Scholar Office
  • The Alliance for Global Education
  • University of Maryland, International Scholar and Student Services


Program Entry: Summer, Fall
Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
Campus: Main Campus

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Application Fee

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions page.

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In the News

The GW UNESCO Fellows Program is housed in the GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development. Each cohort is made up of current graduate students who participate in a 3-month internship at a UNESCO field office, gaining valuable experience in international development and non-profit management. The 2018 GW UNESCO Fellows who will intern this summer are:

  • Nelsy Affoum, International Trade and Investment Policy (ESIA), placed in the Dakar, Senegal Field Office.
  • Courtney Argenti, Education Policy, placed in the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in the Bangkok, Thailand Field Office.
  • Matthew Brady, International Education, placed in the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Rebecca Johnson, International Education, placed in the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin American and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile. Rebecca has also been selected as our Barker Fellow, generously funded by the Barker (IEP alumna) Family.
  • Tamara Oki, International Education, placed in the IIEP UNESCO: International Institute for Educational Planning in Paris, France.
  • Melquin Ramos, Organizational Leadership and Learning, placed in the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin American and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile.
  • Emily Silverberg, International Education, placed in the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development in New Delhi, India.
  • Meng Zhou, International Education, placed in the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg, Germany.

GSEHD student Elizabeth Solem (master's, International Education) published an article in the journal Reconsidering Development entitled Where Am I a Citizen? Exploring Peace Education as Citizenship Education in Refugee Camps: An Analysis in Dadaab. Ms. Solem is currently a Boren Fellow in Amman, Jordan.

Dr. Laura Engel and two GSEHD students, Heidi Gibson and Jessica Fundalinski (master's, International Education), published the article, Global Citizenship Education for Every Student: The Washington, DC Public Schools' Study Abroad Program in Childhood Education.

Dr. Bernhard Streitwieser published a chapter in the Handbook of Comparative Studies in Community Colleges and Global Counterparts (in the Springer International Handbooks of Education series) entitled Vietnam and Higher Education Internationalization: The Promise of Community Colleges with two GSEHD alumnae, Kayla Whitney and Lisa Reid (both master's, International Education).

Dr. Bernhard Streitwieser published an article, The potential and reality of new refugees entering German higher education: The case of Berlin institutions, in the journal European Education. The article was published with GSEHD alumnae, Maggie Taylor (master's, education policy) and Rachel Moody (master's, international education), as well as former visiting scholar from Germany, Lukas Brueck. In addition, Dr. Streitwieser presented two “Leadership Dialogues” for university International Senior Officers at the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) annual conference entitled Toward a Research Agenda for U.S. Education Abroad and What we Know and Need to Know about Short-term Education Abroad.