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.

Associate Professor
(202) 994-0623
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-2770
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-4672
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

GSEHD student Trishanya Raju (master's, International Education) made it to the finals of the GW New Venture Competition and is up for both the Grand Prize and Special Woman-Owned Venture Prize. Her project, The Wandering Raven, is an e-learning platform that teaches young students creative writing through informative and engaging animated videos. The competition finals will take place on April 19, 2018 from 6-8:30pm in the Jack Morton Auditorium.

GSEHD alumna Elizabeth Solem (master's, International Education) was presented with the CANDE SIG 2018 Outstanding Paper Award at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) New Scholars Conference in Mexico City for her published article, "Where am I a citizen? Exploring peace education as citizenship education in refugee camps."

International Education Program faculty, students, and alumni represented GSEHD at the Comparative and International Education Society Conference in Mexico City. Participants included: Heidi Gibson, Dr. Laura Engel, Clark Boothby, Janet Gao, Jeffrey Coupe, Elizabeth Solem, Erik Child, Dr. James Williams, Dr. Meggan Madden, Ingrid Hall, Dr. Bernhard Streitwieser, Sadaf Asrar, Kavita Meengama, Kelsey Sherbondy, Hafsa Alvi, Sabrina Curtis, Jisun Jeong, Tory McKillop, Justin Rotundo, Aishwarya Khurana, Patrick Young and Wajiha Saqib.

Dr. Bernhard Streitwieser hosted a group of academics and journalists from India for the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), State’s premier exchange program for current and emerging foreign leaders here for short-term visits to meet American counterparts. The group was in Washington for the project, “Furthering US-India Relationship through Higher Education.”

Dr. Laura Engel, along with Nenelwa Tomi (master's, International Education) and Naomi Lewsnewski (PhD, Education), hosted a seminar for a group of educators from Uruguay, funded by the Fulbright program. Featured GSEHD faculty (Dr. Natalie Milman and Lottie Baker) and GSEHD doctoral students (Melissa Ledesma, Naomi Lesnewski, Beth Short, Goretti Vinuales) led sessions on Educational Leadership, English as a Foreign Language, STEM, and Elementary Education, with a final session on education policy futures in the U.S. and Uruguay.