Master's in International Education

Why a Master's in International Education?

In order to ensure constructive leadership and improvements in our global community, international education professionals must address critical issues concerning education reform and social justice on a global scale. Whether focusing on formal schooling, higher education institutions, or education in conflict-affected settings, in well-resourced or under-resourced contexts,we must be prepared to bring about improvements in bringing access to quality education. The field is vital to generating new knowledge about multiple 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.

GW’s MA in International Education is designed for individuals who are entering or advancing in positions associated with education, adult learning, development, or training activities in diverse settings that require international understanding and cross-cultural competencies. Our 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. Launched in the late 1980s, the International Education Program has a robust and longstanding network of alumni around the world and in the DC metropolitan area.

Program Highlights

Cultivating the Scholar-Practitioner: Our program recognizes the importance of rich theoretical perspectives, but also steps out into the complexities of the real world through examining the policies and practice of education in specific regional contexts. Our program provides the opportunities for students to acquire tools, methods, and habits of analysis that enable them to play a variety of key roles as leaders and change agents. Our diverse and flexible curriculum allows students the opportunities to pursue and specialize in cutting-edge topics and issues within and across areas of the field, such as international higher education, international education development, and global education. Students can deepen their specialization further through concurrently enrolling in one of three graduate certificate programs:

Located in Washington, DC: IEP students have access to global opportunities within walking distance of campus. Embassies, the World Bank, the U.S. government, and over 100 nonprofits based in Washington, DC, all of which 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.

GW UNESCO Chair: This program houses the GW UNESCO Chair for International Education & Development. One of the Chair’s flagship programs is the GW UNESCO Fellows, a fully-funded internship program for students.

International Experiences and Professional Internships: Students pursuing the International Education MA have opportunities to enroll in short-term study abroad programs and professional internships both domestically and abroad 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.

Required 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

Choose Five of the Following:

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 6610 Policy Issues in International Education: Developing Countries
EDUC 6620 Planning Education Reform in Developing Countries

Global Education Study Stream:
EDUC 6610 Migration and Mobility: Exploring Citizenship and Education in the Global Era
EDUC 6615 Internationalizing U.S. Schools

International Higher Education Stream:
EDUC 6610 International Higher Education
EDUC 6620 Managing Study Abroad and International Student Offices

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

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.

Contact the program ( for additional information.


Cha, Jihae Assistant Professor, International Education
Engel, Laura Associate Professor, International Education and International Affairs
Streitwieser, Bernhard Associate Professor, International Education and International Affairs
Williams, James Professor, International Education and International Affairs


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:

  • American School of Mozambique
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Study Abroad/Foreign Student & Scholar Office
  • Chemonics International
  • Earth Force
  • Education Development Center
  • FHI360
  • Foreign Service Institute
  • Georgetown University, BMW Center for German and European Studies
  • Institute of International Education
  • IREX
  • Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies
  • NAFSA Association of International Educators
  • Smithsonian Science Education Center
  • The Alliance for Global Education
  • The British Council
  • The Fulbright Program
  • The National Institutes of Health
  • The World Bank
  • University of Maryland, International Scholar and Student Services
  • US Department of State
  • WomenOne
  • World Learning


Program Entry: Spring, 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 FAQ page.


Applications are now being accepted for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2023. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

  Spring 2023 Summer/Fall 2023
Priority Deadline Aug 1 Nov 1
Round 1 Deadline Sept 15 Dec 15
Round 2 Deadline Nov 1 Jan 16
Round 3 Deadline Dec 15 March 1
Round 4 Deadline N/A May 1


For more information, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-3023.

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