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Program Director Professor Dana Burde

PhD, 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

In recent years, our graduates have accepted faculty, research, and leadership positions at Stanford University, Harvard University, Duke University, American University, Seton Hall University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the US State Department, and the New York City Board of Education.

If you are accepted as a full-time NYU Steinhardt PhD student without an alternate funding source, you are eligible for our competitive funding package, which includes a scholarship and tuition remission. Learn more about our 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 (On Leave 2019-2020)

Elisabeth King

Associate Professor of International Education

Carol Anne Spreen

Associate Professor of International Education

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng

Associate Professor of International Education


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