Who We Are
The International Education MA Program is designed to prepare professionals who understand the international implications of their responsibilities and have the ability to utilize knowledge across international boundaries. The program develops educational experts who can design, implement, manage, and evaluate international education programs in schools, colleges, foundations, multinational corporations, and public and private educational and cultural agencies. Students are exposed to a multidisciplinary faculty, consisting of anthropologists, economists, historians, philosophers, political scientists, and sociologists, who apply the theoretical, conceptual and methodological advances in the humanities and the social sciences to the analysis of international educational policies and institutions.
Students complete a 40-credit curriculum which includes foundational courses in international education theories, qualitative and quantitative research methods, an internship, and electives that develop a specialized area of expertise in a field of international education, as well as an area studies concentration. Students may complete the program in three semesters of full-time study.
What You Will Learn
- Students will demonstrate and employ a solid understanding of responsibilities that come with being an international professional and an educational expert.
- Students will demonstrate skills for working effectively in international and multinational settings.
- Students will design, implement, manage and evaluate international education programs in schools, colleges, foundations, multinational corporations, and public and private educational and cultural agencies.
- Students will apply theoretical, conceptual and methodological advances in the humanities and the social sciences to the analysis of international educational policies and institutions.
Who You Will Study With
The International Education program brings together students from across the world with a passion for education, multiculturalism, and humanitarian action. Approximately 20% of our cohorts are made up of international students. This past fall, we welcomed students from numerous countries outside of the United States, from places such as Canada, Argentina, Australia, Germany, and China. Many students have studied or lived abroad and have had previous experience working in the field of education as classroom teachers or as Peace Corps volunteers, while others have worked with nonprofit or NGOs on education initiatives across the globe.
Our faculty have expertise in areas including:
- Cultural exchange
- Comparative education
- Public diplomacy
- The social stratification of schools
- Comparative perspectives on race/ethnicity
- Immigrant history and adaptation
- Economics of education
- Education in conflict areas
- Humanitarian action
- Community-based education development
- Education, peace, and conflict
Why Choose the International Education MA Program at NYU?
- Internships: Our semester-long internship program provides access to dozens of agencies, organizations, and projects in the field of international education. The internship acquaints you with current practices in the field, introduces you to the everyday life of the profession, and develops your professional networks to help you secure a job after graduation. Recent internship placements include Institution for International Education, NYU Office of International Students and Scholars, Sesame Street Workshop, UNESCO, and the U.S. Department of State (Washington, D.C.).
- Global Network: Our International Education programs offer students extraordinary opportunities for study, professional development, and networking, and applied learning at New York University’s academic centers in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.
- Special Areas of Study: To best prepare you for entry-level and advanced careers in international education, our advisers and faculty work closely with you to plan your course of study, choose electives, find internships, and select research topics geared to your interests and professional goals. The curriculum includes training in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students can also take electives from across the university, providing exposure to a wide range of faculty expertise.
- Get Involved: Join the International Education Student Board, a group of students committed to creating social and professional events for the student body. Or, collaborate with fellow students as part of the Diversity and Inclusion Student Committee to plan social justice initiatives and events which foster a more inclusive community.
- Recent Alumni Placements: Graduates have taken on positions at a variety of international education organizations, universities, and governmental agencies, including CIEE International Study Programs, the Institute of International Education, International Rescue Committee, International Resources Group, Office of Global Programs at NYU, and USAID.
About the School
NYU Steinhardt's one-of-a-kind integration of education, health, the arts, and media studies puts us at the heart of a movement: education for social change.