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Doctor of Philosophy
International Education

Prepare for a faculty position in comparative and international education, or for a career as a professional educator in international and multinational settings. Develop a course of study that concentrates on a cultural area of the world, with options to study abroad, and take courses in specialized research methods, social science or humanities disciplines, globalization, and educational policy.

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PhD in International Education

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Our curriculum includes doctoral seminars, core courses in international education, specialized research methods, areas studies courses, and course work in your area of interest.

You can tailor your program of study by choosing one of the following concentrations:

  • Cross-Cultural Exchange and Training prepares you to conduct research, teach, and work in educational and cultural organizations that facilitate international exchanges and cross-cultural training
  • Global Education prepares you to conduct research; teach; and work in colleges, universities, schools, publishing houses, and educational agencies that design, develop, and implement global education programs
  • International Development Education prepares you to conduct research, teach, and work in government agencies, private voluntary organizations, and foundations that provide educational assistance to underdeveloped countries to achieve sustainable economic growth

The list below includes initial or current positions for graduates of the International Education doctoral program in the past decade.

  • Research Director, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack
  • Project Director, Pen America
  • Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs, NYU Shanghai
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
  • Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Virginia
  • Senior Program Advisor, International Programs at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Director of Study Abroad, DePaul University
  • Academic Director, Global Institute for Secondary Educators
  • Assistant Professor (tenure track), Seton Hall University
  • Director, Office of International Programs, Boston College
  • Director, International Programs and Services, SUNY Purchase
  • Community Manager, Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel
  • Associate Professor, American University
  • Director, Office of International Affairs, Stanford University

NYU Steinhardt offers a competitive funding package for PhD students who study full time. Learn more about Steinhardt's funding opportunities.

International Education Doctoral Student Jonathan Friedman

Drawing mainly from the fields of cultural and organizational sociology, I ask questions about how educational practices and institutions are shaped, how they undergo change, and how this varies across comparative contexts.

Jonathan Z. Friedman, International Education PhD


Dana Burde

Associate Professor and Director of International Education

Elisabeth King

Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of International Education & Politics

Carol Anne Spreen

Associate Professor of International Education

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng (程華宇)

Vice Dean for Research and Equity; Associate Professor of International Education

Heddy Lahmann

Clinical Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of International Education

Associated and Affiliated Faculty

Erich Dietrich

Clinical Professor of Higher Education and International Education


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