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.



International Higher Education



Global Education



International Education for Development


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. Students may also complete an IIE certificate or an ATM certificate. Students enrolled in the International Education program are able to obtain a Masters of Arts (MA) in Education and Human Development and a graduate certificate in Assessment, Testing, and Measurement with no additional coursework. This will involve simultaneous dual enrollment in the MA in IEP and the ATM certificate. In addition to the courses listed on the Assessment, Testing, and Measurement certificate page, students would take EDUC 6116: Introduction to Educational Statistics to fulfill their research requirement.


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.
Dual-Enroll Certificate: Students are able to dual-enroll in one of three certificate programs (Incorporating International Perspectives in Education, TESOL, or Assessment, Testing and Measurement) without interrupting or prolonging their studies.
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 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

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.

Students enrolled in the International Education program are able to obtain a Masters of Arts (MA) in Education and Human Development and a graduate certificate in ATM with no additional coursework. This will involve simultaneous dual enrollment in the MA in IEP and the ATM Certificate. In addition to the courses below, students would take EDUC 6116: Introduction to Educational Statistics to fulfill their research requirement.

EDUC 8120: Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8170: Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171: Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8175: Item Response Theory
Or EDUC 8177: Assessment Engineering


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:

  • 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: 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 currently being accepted for the Fall 2022 start term on a rolling basis. The next deadline to apply is June 30th. If you have questions about submitting your application, please contact our Admission Office at or at 202.994.9283.

New funding has become available for students entering the program in Summer or Fall 2022. Admitted students who are eligible for scholarships will receive a $6,000 grant toward their first year of study. It is possible to be awarded additional merit scholarship funding. To be eligible for scholarship funding, students must meet the criteria listed under New Student Scholarships on our Funding webpage.

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Learn more about the Master's in International Education program located on campus (202) 994-7066.