Master of International Higher Education

This 30-credit program (which can be completed in 12 months or spread over two years) is designed to provide participants with a cutting-edge and highly internationalized perspective on higher education policy and practice in a globalized context.


Boston College


Master of Arts (M. A.)

Aims of the Study Program

The Master of Arts in International Higher Education program outlines the major trends and issues affecting this fast-growing field and provides the skills to understand and analyze policy, practice, and theory.

Designed to provide the participants with a deep understanding of and a scholarly perspective on global higher education, this master’s program examines challenges and opportunities in different geographic regions, and explores leadership and management, economics and finance, and teaching and student affairs in the field.


  • Internationalization of Higher Education
  • Global and Comparative Systems of Higher Education
  • Interpretation and Evaluation of Research
  • Regional and Global Perspectives on Higher Education


The course comprises Core Courses and Research Courses as well as Electives.

The four required Core Courses introduce the field, its key concepts, and the intersections of theory, practice, and policy.

The Research Courses teach the skills participants need to complete basic research, assess data quality, understand methodological tools and theoretical concepts, and reflect critically on the intersections between theory and practice.

Electives examine key concerns and trends in international higher education. Participants are required to complete one course that examines issues from regional perspective, and two that look through a global lens at leadership and management, economics and finance, student affairs, and teaching and learning. Invited guest speakers provide additional insights to material covered in each of these courses

Time to complete

Fall Semester

Requirements and Admission

The admission decision is based on the following items:

  • Transcripts,
  • Personal statement,
  • Resume,
  • Letters of Recommendation,
  • GRE test,
  • TOEFL test.

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Target Group

The program is suited for students interested in developing careers in strategic leadership for internationalization of higher education, in policymaking for higher education in international organizations, and related areas.

Deadlines for application

Early decision: November 1st
Regular decision: December 1st
Late decision: March 1st

Further information and contact persons

Laura Rumbley
Associate Director, Center for International Higher Education
Phone: +1-617-552-1269

About the study program: