The International Education Policy (IEP) program offers M.A. and Ph.D.degrees designed to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of today's educational policy and practice. The focus is on the relation of education to economic, political, and social development in both developing and developed countries at local, national, regional, and global levels. The IEP program gives comprehensive attention to education, considering both formal schooling, from pre-school to higher education, as well as non-formal, adult, and community-based education.

The M.A. program in International Education Policy is looking for first-rate students with an interest in professional careers or further study in the field. This degree seeks to form professionals with an understanding of the complex array of issues concerning educational policies and practices in both developing and industrialized countries. It also seeks to form professionals who will join institutions working on projects that range from assistance to educational systems under times of crisis to efforts to improve educational curricula and to the conduct of exchanges of students and academics across countries.

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For more information visit the graduate admission requirements webpage. Select an area of interest from the various offerings in the College of Education to determine the admission requirements and deadlines.  If you are unsure of your area of interest you may request information by submitting an Inquiry Form


Please refer to the Guide to Applying for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of Frequently Asked Questions.  For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact:

Judy Foster, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Office of Student Services, College of Education
(301) 405-2359                  

After you apply for graduate admission you may check your application status by logging into the online graduate application using your user name and password.  Graduate faculty in the Academic Department you applied to will review your completed application for graduate admission.  Questions regarding application reviews and decision recommendations should be directed to Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE).  Please contact:

Carol Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
(301) 405-8384

Please contact the Office of Student Services,, or (301) 405-2364.

Academic advisement for graduate students is provided by the graduate faculty in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE).   For advising information, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Carol Scott at (301) 405-8384 or

The M.A. program requires a minimum of 30 credits and usually takes one and a half to two years to complete. The program is distinguished by the development of a unique program of study to suit the needs of each student. Initial program plans are flexible and are usually revised throughout a student's graduate work as particular directions and their implications for coursework develop. 

Core Courses -- Select two of the following courses: 6 credits
Two out of the following three courses are required:
EDHI605 — Comparative Education
EDHI606 — Political Economy of Education in a Global Context
EDHI607 — Culture and Education in a Global Context
PROSEMINAR - Attendance required in at least 4 proseminars per academic year for first and second year students (0 credits)

Research Methods: 6-9 credits
EDHI672 — Modes of Inquiry
An Introduction to quantitative or qualitative methods course
An additional methods course if a master’s thesis option is selected.

International Education Specialization Course Electives: 6-12 credits
Select two to four of the following or equivalents:
EDHI608 — Gender and Education
EDHI630 — Analyzing Systemwide Education Policy
EDHI673 — Economic Evaluation of Education
EDHI680 — Gender, Education, and Development
EDHI681 — Education for Global Peace
EDHI682 — Ecological Ethics and Education
EDHI683 — World Religions and Implications for Education
EDHI684 — Alternative Education, Alternative Development
EDHI710 — Globalization and Education
EDHI713 — Nonformal Education
EDHI725 — Education in East Asia
EDHI750 — International Higher Education
EDHI788 — Contemplative Inquiry and Holistic Education
EDHI788 — International Education and Cultural Exchange: Policies and Practices

Disciplinary and Professional Course Electives: 3-6 credits
For example, courses may be selected in the areas of public policy, communications, anthropology, economics, sociology, gender studies, higher education, early childhood education, or elsewhere in the College of Education, the University, or the Washington Regional Consortium.

Internship -- Optional: 0-3 credits
EDHI889 — Internship in Education

Master's thesis or Master's paper -- Select one: 3-6 credits
EDHI679 — Master's Seminar
EDHI799 — Master's Thesis Research Total: 30 credits

Specializations While graduate degrees have traditionally encouraged high levels of specialization, in the field of comparative and international education, many researchers and practitioners are generalists, or have multiple areas of specialization. This is especially important in our field, as over a person’s career, she or he will likely work across considerable substantive and geographical diversity. The flexibility built into the IEP program structure is designed specifically to allow for this kind of diversity. All students receive the foundational knowledge necessary to understand multiple perspectives and issues. Beyond core courses, students choose specialization courses that contribute to a particular specialization. There are four organized specializations in the IEP program:

Gender and Development. Though attention to class, gender, and ethnicity permeates the courses in the IEP program, students can develop a specialization in gender and development which seeks to enhance their theoretical and practical understanding of how gender operates in society and thus influences a variety of educational outcomes. Students are prepared to draw policy implications and design concrete practices to diminish the impact of gender and to increase individual and collective action toward its transformation. Courses might include:

Gender, Development and Education (EDHI680)
Nonformal Education and Informal Learning (EDHI713)
Approaches to Women’s Studies (WMST602)
Gender and Development (WMST698R)

Peace and Environmental Education. This specialization provides students with an understanding of conditions, global and local, that lead to wars, violence, and conflicts. It informs students of theories and practices in peace education for peace keeping, peace making, and peace building. Also emphasized are understanding of political, economic, cultural, religious, and educational contexts for peace. Peace is also defined as a deep respect for nature and sustainable ecological ethics and education. Further, peace is seen as being achieved through both external efforts and internal endeavors to cultivate wisdom and equanimity. Through course work, students study alternative and transformative paradigms and acquire practical knowledge for peace and sustainable education. Courses might include the following:

Education for Global Peace (EDHI681)
World Religions and Implication for Education (EDHI683)
Ecological and Environmental Education (EDHI682)
Contemplative Inquiry and Holistic Education (EDHI788)

Political Economy of Education and Development. The term “political economy” is a contested one but generally has to do with a broad and integrated understanding of the politics and economics of issues. This specialization offers students an understanding of the debates about the theory and practice of political economy, current educational policies, and their relationship to development. Courses might include some of the following:

Political Economy of Education and Development (EDHI606)
Alternative Education, Alternative Development (EDHI684)
Globalization and Education (EDHI710)

Intercultural Education and International Student Exchange. Intercultural education is of paramount importance in today’s world where contact across cultures is increasing exponentially. This specialization offers an examination of the fundamental issues that combines culture, education, and development. These issues have recently been gaining importance to universities as they offer opportunities for much needed student exchange and study abroad. This specialization offers an examination of the higher education context in which those initiatives take place. Courses might include:

Education and Culture in a Global Context (EDHI607)
International Higher Education (EDHI750)
The College Experience (EDHI664)

In addition to the above specializations, others are possible. For example, students have developed specializations in professional education areas such as Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Primary and Secondary Education, Teacher Education, Education Leadership, Education Policy, Higher Education, and Public Health Education.

Specializations have also been developed in social science disciplines and applied areas such as Anthropology, Economics, Public Policy, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. The University of Maryland is a strong multiversity, offering many specializations, and we strongly encourage students to take courses outside of the IEP program from elsewhere in the Department, the College, the University, and the Region. IEP students are generally welcomed in all these places.

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Academic deadlines are provided by the Office of the Registrar for the academic year. Students should refer to the deadlines listed in Important Dates  prior to the beginning of the degree completion semester.  

Students should check with their Department or Program for any deadlines it may have.  Please contact:

Carol Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
(301) 405-8384


Visit the Department of Counseling, High Education and Special Education program handbooks and forms page.

The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student. 


Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements.   The Graduate Catalog  is the official listing of Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland.  The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.

Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process.  Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required.  Click here to access forms used by graduate students.