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  • Master’s in International Education Online

    MS in Global and International Education via Distance-Learning

    Today's leaders need the skills and practical knowledge to work within the context of global economic, political, cultural, and community influences on education. Drexel University's accredited online Master's in Global and International Education degree prepares you to work effectively with the complex global challenges, trends, and issues influencing education and learning development in diverse parts of the world, including the United States.

    Graduates of the MS in Global and International Education program pursue careers in international and cross-cultural exchange, higher education, education abroad, law firms, international education associations, accreditation agencies, local community international outreach centers, the US government, international development or human service agencies, and non-governmental agencies.

    Meet the Global & International Education Program Director

    Headshot of Jose Chavez

    José Luis Chávez, EdD
    José Luis Chávez is a Clinical Professor in the School of Education’s Higher Education Program and Educational Leadership & Management Program. His research interests include leadership in community college systems, multicultural education, online & blended education, as well as community and partnership development. Chávez’s latest publication was titled "The Transformation of Online and Blended Educational Programs in Higher Education." Learn more.


    Global and International Education Master's Concentrations

    These concentrations have been specifically developed to address new trends and developments in the international education field. Choose from one of five areas or create your own degree experience:

    • Education Policy — Acquire the tools to analyze, develop, and implement educational policy effectively in the U.S. and globally
    • E-Learning Leadership — Develop professional aptitude in distance and online learning, which are rapidly expanding educational modalities helping remote and impoverished communities across the globe have the opportunity for education
    • Higher Education — Master working in and with institutions of higher education as the field becomes increasingly globalized through foreign exchanges, international students, and technological advances
    • Learning Technologies — Explore new learning technologies and trends, applying them toward solving problems in the ever-evolving technical landscape of education
    • Peace Education — Learn to understand and counter the roots of cultural violence through education, utilizing a combination of interdisciplinary and multicultural theories
    • Customized — Work with your advisor to create a path that meets your individual career objectives

    MS in Global and International Education Program Features

    Drexel’s online master’s in international education is a unique program that prepares you to improve lives at both home and abroad. You’ll learn to design global curriculum, promote international-mindedness, foster intercultural and global competence, advocate for social justice, and lead in global institutions.

    Program Features

    • 100% online
    • Courses taught by expert faculty with years of real-world experience
    • Multidisciplinary, globally-focused, and cross-cultural curriculum that emphasizes experiential learning

    Global Classroom Participation
    Gain a cross-cultural academic experience without ever leaving your home. Global classroom courses utilize interactive technology to allow you to work on collaborative projects with students at foreign universities such as The University of Montevideo Uruguay.

    Global Education Colloquium
    The MS in Global and International Education program hosts the Global Education Colloquium throughout the year, featuring distinguished speakers and lively discussion. The topics presented are the result of research spanning the full range of learning, teaching and training topics including international studies, higher education, peace education, social justice, inequality, politics of knowledge, policy, leadership, and organizational change.

    Priority Application Deadline

    Drexel University offers a priority deadline for the MS in Global and International Education program. Applications submitted by the priority deadline will receive priority review by the committee, and accepted students will receive an earlier decision. The priority deadline for the Fall 2022 term is March 1, 2022.

    Applications are still accepted up until the regular deadline for the term. The regular deadline for the Fall 2022 term is August 22, 2022.

    Requirements for The MS in Global and International Education Program

    In order to be eligible for the online MS in Global and International Education, you must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information about required supporting documents, including additional requirements for international students, please see the Admissions Criteria page.

    What Can I Do with An MS in Global and International Education?

    Obtaining a Master’s Degree in Global and International Education will qualify you for many career paths and positions, including:

    • Educational Exchange
    • International Affairs / Foreign Service
    • International Development Assistance
    • Teaching and Curriculum Development

    In the following video, Jennifer Adams, Program Director for Drexel's online MS in Global and International Education, explains how this degree can help you find success in higher education, non-profits, government, and more.

    More broadly, MS in Global and International Education graduates will have the skills to:

    • Recognize the various dimensions of educational interventions
    • Develop, analyze, and implement new educational policies in a variety of multicultural settings, both public and private
    • Provide critique on international, comparative, and educational research
    • Lead organizations in addressing the dramatic change in society and culture due to globalization and how these influence education

    MS in Global and International Education Salary Expectations

    Your salary can vary based on factors like job title, location, and years of experience. However, some average salaries within the field include:

    • International Aid / Social Worker - $51,760
    • School Counselor or Advisor - $58,120
    • Instructional Coordinator - $66,970
    • Education Administrator - $97,500

    Source: BLS.gov, 2020

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    Related Programs

    This program is also available as a Graduate Minor.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Core Courses
    Using and Integrating Learning Technologies 3.0
    Evidence-Based Evaluation 3.0
    Global, International & Comparative Education 3.0
    Culture, Society & Education in Comparative Perspective 3.0
    Political Economy of Education Reform 3.0
    Education for Global Citizenship, Sustainability, and Social Justice 3.0
    Primary Concentration Courses
    Comparative Higher Education Systems 3.0
    Analysis of Policy Issues in Global & International Education 3.0
    Measuring the World: Education and National Development 3.0
    Capstone Requirement
    Capstone Research 3.0
    Students have the option to select from the Practitioner or Thesis capstone track.
    Practitioner Capstone Course I 3.0
    or EDUT 780 Thesis Capstone Course I
    Practitioner Capstone Course II 3.0-4.5
    or EDUT 781 Thesis Capstone Course II
    Select one of the following Secondary Concentrations: * 9.0
    Secondary Concentration in Peace and Human Rights Education
    Conflict Resolution in an International Context
    Educating for Peace, Social Justice, and Human Rights
    Gender, Education, and International Organizations
    Secondary Concentration in Higher Education Leadership
    Foundations of Higher Education and Governance
    Student Development Theory and Application
    Legal Issues & Ethics in Higher Education
    Secondary Concentration in Education Policy
    Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications
    Select two of the following courses:
    Quantitative Literacy: Interpreting and reporting data for educational policy and research
    The Shaping of American Education Policy: Global Forces, Interest Groups, and Politics
    American Educational Policy and U.S. Competitiveness
    Ethics in Educational Policy Making
    Access & Equity in Educational Policy Making
    Secondary Concentration in Educational Learning Technologies
    The Learning Sciences
    Learning Engineering
    Teaching and Learning Issues in E-Learning
    Customized Concentration
    Sample Electives **
    Students can select courses as additional electives from within the School of Education or a course (with School of Education approval) from another Drexel University program, such as international business administration, foreign languages, women's and gender studies, or science/technology/society.
    The following courses are strongly suggested offerings from the GIE program:
    Colloquium in Global Education
    Study Abroad Experience
    Quantitative Literacy: Interpreting and reporting data for educational policy and research
    Special topics in EDGI
    Total Credits 45.0-46.5
    *As an alternative secondary concentration, students may create a customized area of study from other Drexel University departments/programs such as International Business Administration, Foreign Languages, Women's and Gender Studies, or Science/Technology/Society.
    **Students may choose any 500-level or higher course from the following subject codes as an elective as long as it does not require field experience or have any program restrictions: CRTV, EDAM, EDCR, EDGI, EDHE, EDLT, EDPO, EDUC, ELL, EHRD, ENTP, INTB, NPM, PBHL, PENG, SCL.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)
      • Provisional admission may be granted with a GPA between 2.80 to 2.99

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • Personal Statement (500 - 750 words) describing your interest in the program. Specifically:
      • How the program relates to your previous educational and professional activities
      • If changing course, why you're moving in this new direction with your educational goals
      • How the program relates to your current line of work
      • How you plan to apply the program to your future goals
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2023-2024 is $1079 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1438 per credit)

    For the academic year 2023-2024, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Career Outlook

    Drexel's Global and International Education program goes beyond the traditional “bricks and mortar” of a college campus. The degree provides students with the skills and knowledge to pursue careers within and outside of academia. Depending upon your concentration(s,) there are numerous career opportunities:

    • International Organizations: World Bank, Inter- Monetary Fund-IMF, Inter-American Development Bank-IADB, United States Agency for International Development-USAID, United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization-UNESCO, International Association of Universities-Affiliate of UNESCO, Institute of International Education-IIE, Council for International Educational Exchange-CIEE, Association of International Education Administrators-AIEA
    • Non-profit and for-profit Organizations/Corporations: Museums, informal education organizations, foreign language businesses
    • Government Agencies' Educational and Training Divisions/Programs: U.S. Department of Education, State Departments of Education, National Center for Education Statistics-NCES, Federal TRIO Programs/Council for Opportunity in Education-COE
    • Politics: Political consultant, lobbyist, advisor

    Organizations where our current students and graduates work

    Administrative Concepts, Inc.
    AHA Bolivia
    Al Tawheed Primary School
    Blue Ocean Language Center
    Columbus Council on World Affairs
    Davis and Elkins College
    DC Public Schools
    Drexel University
    Ecole Sainte Marie
    English Childrens Center
    Exile International
    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    Felician College
    Global Arena
    Guy Carpenter & Company
    Ilsan Daejin High School
    Institute of International Education
    Irish American University
    Johnson and Wales University
    Kogei High School
    Marshall University
    Ministry of Presidential Affairs
    Salisbury University
    Seagoville Elementary
    Sogang University
    Wall Street Institute

    Job Titles of our current students and graduates

    Academic Counselor
    Admissions Counselor
    ALT Teacher
    Assistant Principal
    Bilingual Customer Service Rep
    Business Development Representative
    Client Service Generalist
    Director of Academic Affairs
    Director of International Programs
    Director of Student Activities
    Director of Study Abroad
    English Instructor
    English Tutor
    Fellowships Coordinator
    Fullbright Scholars Coordinator
    International Programs Officer
    International Student Advisor
    LeBow International Recruitment
    Program Director- Center for Civic Engagement
    Project Manager
    Regional Program Director- Economic Education
    Research Intern
    Residential Life Coordinator
    Senior English Foreign Teacher
    World Cultures Catalyst Project Coordinator

    Co-Op Topics our current students and graduates have studied

    A Chance for All: Favela Children in Jundiai

    Analyzing the Link Between Co‐Curricular Activities and International Student Retention and Satisfaction

    An Action Research Study on FLES Implementation in the Wyomissing Area School District

    An Assssment of Peace Education for War Affected Children in East Africa

    An Examination of the Cultural Awareness Training at the President’s Scholarship Office

    Creating a Continuum: A Fresh Look at Reporting & Grading & the Hiawatha Leadership Academy

    Community College: Global Awareness through Study Abroad

    Community Colleges' International Partnerships: American Association of Community Colleges' Global

    Education Commission

    CDPeace: Acting locally, Expanding Globally

    Community Service and Global Citizenship with Semester at Sea

    Developing a Model for the Implementation of a Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project Within the Cultural Context of Africa

    Developing Online Curricula for the National Hispanic Entrepreneurs Organization

    Development of Social Studies Curriculum Reflecting Global Cultures and World History for K‐4 Students in Rwanda

    Elementary Schools, Darfur & Advocacy: Do we expose our youth?

    Emergency Preparedness Planning: Suggestions & Implementations for Social & Technological Disaster Recovery

    Empower Through Education: A Model College Preparatory and Support Program for Students Who are Deaf in Developing Nations

    Establishing Resource Manual and Training Program to Further the Professional Development of AEMC's in‐house Interpreters

    Exploring Study Abroad Programs for non‐Traditional Graduate Students

    Fast-forword Reading Progress Indicator As A Measure of Second Language Readiness

    Global Communities: Assessment and Evaluation of Global Education Best Practice for the Development of a Secondary/Dual‐Credit Global Education Curriculum

    Global Perspectives for High School: A College Preparatory Model for the Global Marketplace

    Improving Education in Southern Sudan for Orphans Through the Implementation of a Best Practice Model

    Improving English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in China

    Incorporating Sustainability into Cross‐Cultural Courses at Eastern Mennonite University

    Increasing Minority Participation in Study Abroad

    In Pursuit of Peace: Implementing Peace Education in Palestine

    Intercultural Education in a Korean High School

    International Field Experience for Pre‐Service Teachers: Measure of Programs for Preparing Teachers to Globalize the Classroom

    Internationalizing the Japanese Classroom Transforming Elementary Schools to Promote Global Learning

    Language Literacy and Business Skills Training for Women in Guinea

    Measuring Program Impact: A Model for Nonprofit Organizations Providing Global Education Youth Outreach

    Merging a Culturally Diverse Campus through On‐ Campus Physical Activity

    Partnerships for Peaceful Communities

    Project Global Inform

    Short‐term Study Abroad, Sports and Reflection

    Study Abroad: A Focus on Reflection

    The Importance of Study Abroad Experiences for Global Perspective in College Students

    The Value of International Internships in Global Workforce Development

    Using Learning Technologies to Teach Multiculturalism in Japanese Primary Schools

    Viability and Efficacy of the Training of Trainers phase of Teacher Professional Development in Nepal: A Theory‐Driven Process Evaluation

    Academic Calendar

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2023

    September 26, 2023

    December 9, 2023

    December 11, 2023

    December 16, 2023

    Winter 2024

    January 8, 2024

    March 16, 2024

    March 18, 2024

    March 23, 2024

    Spring 2024

    April 1, 2024

    June 8, 2024

    June 10, 2024

    June 15, 2024

    Summer 2024

    June 24, 2024

    August 31, 2024

    September 3, 2024

    September 7, 2024


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