M.A. in Education (International Education)

The International Education program is NOT accepting new applications for 2017.

Program Description

The School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill is offering a Master's Program to students committed to a career in international organizations (e.g., non-profit, businesses, schools, etc.) with a particular focus on educational leadership, management, systems, and institutions.


The M.A. in Education (International Education) is designed to introduce students to essential principles and practices of international education, and, in particular, to international educational systems, management, and administration. The curriculum includes the study of current research on international schools, educational agencies and organizations as well as effective leadership and management practices.

Program of Study

Stipulated Core Courses (12 Credit Hours)
In these areas, students must take a required course

  • International Education Systems
  • Program Evaluation
  • Educational Leadership
  • Curricular Instruction and Design
Selective Core Courses (9 Credit Hours)
In these areas, students may choose from several options to fulfill core area requirements. Students must take one course in each area.
  • Cross-Cultural Competence
  • Conflict Management
  • Policy, Design and Implementation
Elective Courses (minimum of 6 Credit Hours)
Elective courses may be taken within or outside of the School of Education in consultation with School of Education faculty.
Electives may be taken in one of the following areas. Students are required to take their electives in the same area so as to develop some expertise in that area. Courses must be approved by student’s advisor in advance.
  • School-Based Education
  • Organizational Management
  • Ethics and Professional Practices
  • Content and Discipline Specific Education
Capstone Course (3 Credit Hours)
Students pursuing the M.A. in Education (International Education), complete their studies with a capstone course. This course has two purposes: 1. to discuss issues and ideas in education that will help the student be articulate in the educational debates of today and 2. to conduct an inquiry into a topic or project of interest to the student in the field of education, broadly defined. The project will culminate in a final paper and public presentation held at the end of the program.

Participants will take at least 30 hours of graduate work over one year.

The master's program will either begin with the fall semester and end in July of the following year, or it will begin with the spring semester and end in December of the same year. Graduation will be in August or December.

Admissions Requirements

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The requirements for admission are as follows:

  • three letters of recommendation
  • an overall four-year GPA of 3.0 or higher on the undergraduate transcript
  • GRE score no more than five years old

International applicants - except those from countries where English is the SOLE OFFICIAL language of instruction (Australia, Bahamas, Canada-except Quebec, England, Ghana, Ireland, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobego, and Wales) OR who have received or will receive a degree from an accredited university where English is the SOLE language of instruction - must meet the two following requirements:

  • They have submitted an official TOEFL score (reported directly from ETS) that is no more than two years old. The minimum total score must be 100, with a minimum of 25 in each section. OR
  • They have submitted an official IELTS score (reported directly from IELTS.org) that is no more than two years old. The minimum total score must be 7, with a minimum of 7 in each section. AND
  • A Skype interview to enable faculty to assess spoken English abilities.

Program Contacts

Darcy Berger
Faculty Program Coordinator
(919) 962-7231