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PhD, International Education

This doctoral program prepares you to work in educational and cultural organizations that facilitate international exchanges and cross-cultural training. In this doctorate, you will develop a course of study that concentrates on a cultural area of the world – with an option to study abroad – and take course work in specialized research methods, globalization and educational policy, and international education.

We offer three concentration areas:

The Cross-Cultural Exchange and Training (CII) concentration prepares you to work in educational and cultural organizations that facilitate international exchanges and cross-cultural training.

The Global Education (GED) is ideal for doctoral students interested in work at colleges, universities, schools, publishing houses, and educational agencies that design, develop, and implement global education programs in international or multicultural settings.

In the International Development Education/Education, Peace, and Conflict Studies (COP) concentration, you’ll gain the skills for a career in government agencies, private voluntary organizations, and foundations that provide educational assistance to underdeveloped countries so they can achieve sustainable economic growth. You can also focus on educational emergencies in contexts that are affected by recent conflict.

On the online application you will select the International Education PhD program with the concentration you are interested in. Concentrations in Cross-Cultural Exchange and Training, Global Education, and International Development Education are available. 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend one of the on-campus or online events to get to know program faculty, their research, and to look for alignment in research interests. Due to an overwhelming number of requests, and to keep our responses equitable, we do not schedule individual meetings with faculty and prospective students.

Academic Plan Code: INTE

Degree: PHD

Academic Sub-Plan Code, Cross-Cultural Exchange and Training: CII
Academic Sub-plan Code, Global Education: GED
Academic Sub-Plan Code, International Development Education: COP

Credits: 54

Academic Load: The time it takes for you to complete this program will vary, based on if you study full-time or part-time and the number of credits you register for each semester. Please be aware that some programs do not offer a part-time option. 

Application Deadlines
Fall: December 1

Program Information

Program Website | 212-992-9475

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.

1. Prepare Your Application


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to explain your research interests and how they connect to our program. Your research interests should be significant for scholarship and for the practice of international education and you should identify a primary mentor from among our core faculty.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.

Writing Sample

As part of your application, you are required to submit an academic writing sample - a course paper or its equivalent - that demonstrates your writing and analytic abilities. Typically, these statements contain citations to academic works. The sample should be no more than 20 pages and does not need to display a knowledge of international education.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.

If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.

See detailed instructions.


Not required.

Although the GRE is typically required for this program, for the 2022 admissions cycle GRE scores will not be required. For more information see testing requirements.

Proficiency in English

2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late March or early April for fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.

Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) Program

NYU's Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program is committed to strengthening the pipeline of skilled researchers prepared to conduct rigorous and relevant education research. Qualified incoming PhD students may apply for a 4-year fellowship that includes generous stipend, tuition coverage, and other benefits. Upon completion of the training, fellows are awarded an Education Sciences Certificate.

See more information on the IES-PIRT Program and how to apply.