MA in International Education

MA in International Education

Who We Are:

The International Education MA Program is designed to prepare professionals who understand the international implications of their responsibilities and have the ability to utilize knowledge across international boundaries. The program develops educational experts who can design, implement, manage and evaluate international education programs in schools, colleges, foundations, multinational corporations, and public and private educational and cultural agencies. Students are exposed to a multidisciplinary faculty, consisting of anthropologists, economists, historians, philosophers, political scientists and sociologists, who apply the theoretical, conceptual and methodological advances in the humanities and the social sciences to the analysis of international educational policies and institutions.

Students complete a 40-credit curriculum which includes foundational courses in international education theories, qualitative and quantitative research methods, an internship, and electives that develop a specialized area of expertise in a field of international education, as well as an area studies concentration. Students may complete the program in three semesters of full-time study.

What You Will Learn:
  • Students will demonstrate and employ a solid understanding of responsibilities that come with being an international professional and an educational expert.
  • Students will demonstrate skills for working effectively in international and multinational settings.
  • Students will design, implement, manage and evaluate international education programs in schools, colleges, foundations, multinational corporations, and public and private educational and cultural agencies.
  • Students will apply theoretical, conceptual and methodological advances in the humanities and the social sciences to the analysis of international educational policies and institutions.
Who You Will Study With:

The International Education programs brings together students from across the world with a passion for education, multiculturalism, and humanitarian action. Approximately 20% of our cohorts are made up of international students. In fall 2014, we will welcome students from 12 countries outside of the United States, from places such as Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, Italy, Pakistan and South Africa.  Many students have studied or lived abroad and have had previous experience working in the field of education as classroom teachers or as Peace Corps volunteers, while others have worked with nonprofit or NGOs on education initiatives across the globe. To learn more about our students, click here to view profiles of International Eduation Student Board members.

Our faculty have expertise in areas including:

  • Cultural exchange
  • Comparative education
  • Public diplomacy
  • Cocial stratification of schools
  • Comparative perspectives on race/ethnicity
  • Immigrant history and adaptation
  • Economics of education
  • Education in conflict areas
  • Humanitarian action
  • Community-based education development
  • Education, peace and conflict
Why Choose the International Education M.A. Program at NYU?
  • The Global Network University: Our International Education program offers students extraordinary opportunities for study, professional development and networking, and applied learning. New York University is a global institution with portal campuses and study abroad sites around the world; its commitment to cross-cultural learning makes this an exciting environment for studying international education.
  • New York City: Our location in the heart of New York City means that you have easy access to hundreds of venues, activities, and cultural and political events to enrich your studies and expand your experiences in global education, cultural exchange, and international development. Our students are engaged in internships, service projects, and leadership roles throughout the city and across our culturally rich and diverse neighborhoods.
  • Special Areas of Study: To best prepare you for entry-level and advanced careers in international education, our advisers and faculty work closely with you to plan your course of study, choose electives, find internships, and select research topics geared to your interests and professional goals.
  • Study or Intern Abroad: The Steinhardt School offers one of the most extensive graduate study abroad programs in the country. You may participate in a study abroad program in January, over spring break, or during the summer in such locations as Turkey, South Africa, Argentina, Shanghai or Brazil. You can also complete your internship requirement through Steinhardt's special Internship Abroad program in places like India and Ghana.
  • Internships: Our semester-long internship program provides access to dozens of agencies, organizations, and projects in the field of international education. The internship acquaints you with current practices in the field, introduces you to the everyday life of the profession, and develops your professional networks to help you secure a job after graduation. Recent internship placements include: Institution for International Education, NYU Office of International Students and Scholars, Sesame Street Workshop, UNESCO, and the U.S. Department of State (Washington, D.C.).
  • Get Involved: Join the International Education Student Board, a group of students committed to creating social and professional events for the student body. Or, converse with your peers during the Human Rights and Education Colloquium, a monthly discussion group developed and coordinated by students to discuss issues in development education.
  • Recent Alumni Placements: Graduates have taken on positions at a variety of international education organizations, universities, and governmental agencies, including CIEE International Study Programs, the Institute of International Education, International Rescue Committee, International Resources Group, Office of Global Programs at NYU, and USAID.