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Master of Arts in International Education (Online with Vermont Residency)

Master of Arts in International Education (Online with Vermont Residency)

Learn to plan and manage international education programs from a leader in the field while staying in your current job and community.

Students in IE classSIT’s low-residency Master of Arts in International Education program offers working professionals a flexible and customized way to further their careers. The program is designed so that individuals working in the field of international education can update their skills and knowledge to keep up with shifting trends in international curricula, program design, and transnational regulations without having to leave their jobs or home communities.
 
Coursework provides a comprehensive background in the historical, theoretical, and social foundations of international education programs, and reflective practice gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in their courses. Students are able to develop the professional competencies they identify as critical to their career.
 
The program comprises primarily online coursework. During the online portion, students can log in to study and complete assignments at any time. This is combined with limited face-to-face interactions as well as some limited residential coursework, reflective practice of a student’s ongoing professional work, and a final capstone paper and presentation, for a total of 36 credits.

The low-residency program utilizes the same faculty and curriculum as the on-campus program. The primary difference is in the format.

On-Campus Coursework
Two Sessions in June
(1–2 Weeks Each Session)

Online Coursework and Reflective Practice (the remainder of the year)

Capstone Paper and Presentation

Year I: First two weeks in June

Year II: Second week in June

 

10 to 15 hours of online coursework per week, plus Reflective Practice related to student’s professional experience

Final paper and presentation on campus

The program comprises (primarily) online and (limited) residential coursework; reflective practice of a student’s ongoing professional work; and a final capstone paper and presentation, for a total of 36 credits. While students must fulfill a number of degree requirements, they have opportunities to customize their learning according to individual interests.

  • Core Coursework (18 credits)
    Students are required to complete between 10 and 15 hours of work each week. Assignments typically include readings, electronic group work, electronic postings, papers, and projects. Through the coursework component, students acquire critical theoretical knowledge and new professional competencies. The following courses are required:
    • Foundations in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management – 4 credits
    • Practitioner Inquiry – 2 credits
    • Theory, Practice, and Policy of International Education – 3 credits
    • International Education Program Planning and Design – 3 credits
    • Advanced Concepts in International Education – 6 credits
       
  • Electives (2 credits minimum)
    Students can satisfy the program’s elective requirement in a number of ways, including by attending SIT courses offered in Vermont, participating in field courses offered around the world, or pursuing independent study. Students can also choose to take a course at a local institution and transfer the credit to SIT. Please note that in this situation, the course must be at the graduate level and the institution must be accredited.
     
  • Reflective Practice (15 credits)
    Since students in the program are already practicing professionals in the field, Reflective Practice is a structured approach for them to apply learning from their coursework to ongoing professional activity. Students receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills in a professional context while remaining engaged with faculty and other students.
     
  • Capstone Paper and Seminar (1 credit)
    Students demonstrate, assess, and synthesize their learning through preparation of a capstone project and participation in a one-week capstone seminar held multiple times each year on SIT’s campus in Vermont. Researching and writing the capstone paper takes students deeply into the experiential learning cycle, where they explore the meaning of their Reflective Practice experience, integrate theory and practice in a written and oral presentation, and make a contribution to the field of international education. Review past International Education capstone papers.

Degree Requirements
Students have five years from the time they enter the program to complete all degree requirements. A student who does not complete all degree requirements (including the language and culture proficiency requirement) within five years of the entry date will be withdrawn from the program. A student with extenuating circumstances must apply to the dean of the program for an extension.

All students must fulfill a Language and Culture Proficiency Requirement before they are eligible to graduate.

View the current academic calendar.

Study abroad as part of your master’s degree program.

International and US-Based Intensive Courses
Students have the option of completing a short-term intensive course at sites in the US or abroad. Typically ranging in duration from one to four weeks, recent intensives have been offered in Washington, DC; Bangladesh; Mexico; and Turkey.

Intensive field courses offer students pursuing an MA in international education the chance to interact with practitioners in the field, learn on-site, and expand professional networking. Short-term intensives are typically offered in January.

View our 2015 course offerings

Apply the knowledge and skills you acquire through your courses in your current job.

Reflective Practice
During the online coursework phase, each student conducts Reflective Practice while engaged in their current job. During this period, students remain engaged with faculty and other students and receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills while working as an international education professional in their current job.

The program prepares professionals to:

  • Advise international students
  • Design and lead cross-cultural programs
  • Coordinate and manage projects, resources, and staff
  • Develop courses and training modules on topics related to international education

advocacy courseStudents of SIT’s low-residency MA in International Education program gain the skills they need to advance in their current career. Graduates are prepared for positions as directors of study abroad or international student services, language program coordinators, trainers, community education specialists, program designers, or international student recruiters.

SIT has been a leader in the field of international education for more than 80 years.
Through SIT’s low-residency MA in International Education program, students have access World Learning’s network of international education and exchange programs and practitioners.
 
Positions held by alumni of the international education program include:

  • Associate Dean, International Education, University of Richmond, Virginia, US
  • Alumni Outreach Coordinator, US Embassy, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • International Student and Scholar Advisor, University of California at Berkeley, California, US
  • International Recruitment Officer, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
  • Director of English as a Second Language, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Massachusetts, US
Richard Rodman
Richard Rodman

Professor
International Education

PhD, Georgia State University
SCT, MAEd, Murray State University
AB, Indiana University

Richard Rodman, who holds a doctorate in comparative international education, teaches graduate courses in international education, program planning and project design, social change, and intercultural communication. Richard has a special interest in theory-to-practice modeling in international and experiential education, non-formal education, and intercultural communication.

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Sora Friedman
Sora Friedman

Associate Professor and Chair
International Education

PhD, George Mason University
Distance Education Certificate, University of West Georgia
MIA, School for International Training
BA, University of Maryland

Sora Friedman has worked in the field of international education since 1980, focusing on the administration of adult exchanges in public diplomacy, international training programs, high school exchanges, and international policy advocacy. She joined SIT Graduate Institute's faculty in 2005 and was an adjunct faculty member for three years before that. Sora holds a doctorate in cultural studies as well as a master’s degree in international administration and a certificate in distance education.

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Ray Young
Ray Young

Assistant Professor
International Education

EdD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
MEd, University of Massachusetts Amherst
BA, University of Colorado Boulder

Ray received his doctorate in teacher education and curriculum studies and his master’s degree in international education from UMass Amherst.

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Janet Y. Thomas
Janet Y. Thomas

Associate Professor
International Education

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
EdM, Widener University
BA, Norfolk State University

Janet Y. Thomas received her PhD in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also has an EdM in educational psychology from Widener University and a BA in the sociology of education from Norfolk State University.

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Linda Drake Gobbo
Linda Drake Gobbo

Professor
International Education

MBA, University of Massachusetts
MEd, Springfield College
BA, Hartwick College

A former dean of SIT Graduate Institute and member of the faculty since 1984, Linda Drake Gobbo teaches courses and advises students in international education and management in both the online and face-to-face programs. She has travelled as faculty with SIT Graduate Institute programs, and has also provided administrative support from the home campus to various SIT Study Abroad programs in such areas as crisis management, health, student development, and professional staff support.

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David Shallenberger
David Shallenberger

Professor
International Education

PhD, Fielding Institute
MBA, Stanford University
BA, Pomona College

David Shallenberger joined SIT Graduate Institute’s international education program in 2006, after four years serving as director of European and Middle Eastern studies for SIT Study Abroad. He also served for one year as dean of SIT Graduate Institute. 

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Carrie Wojenski
Carrie Wojenski

Adjunct Faculty
International Education

EdD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
MA, SIT Graduate Institute
BA, Wheaton College

Carrie Wojenski is the director of Global Affairs at Sacred Heart University. She is charged with oversight of study abroad programming and global initiatives. As co-chair of the university’s internationalization task force, Carrie assists senior management and the university community in defining the strategic goals associated with internationalization, as well as articulating the trends and developments in higher education related to internationalization and global engagement

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Katie Gilbertson
Katie Gilbertson

Adjunct Faculty
International Education

MA, SIT Graduate Institute

Katie Gilbertson is the director of International Student Services at Johnson & Wales University (JWU) which has 2,000 students on four campuses (Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, and Providence). She has a master’s degree from SIT Graduate Institute (founded as the School for International Training), and over 18 years of experience in the field of international education.

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Lynée Connelly
Lynée Connelly

Adjunct Faculty
International Education

MA, SIT Graduate Institute
BA, University of New Hampshire

Lynée Connelly holds a BA in linguistics and Italian and an MA in international education. She is currently a PhD student at the California Institute for Integral Studies. Her dissertation focuses on the influence and impact of international education during the five-year post-reentry period.

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William Hoffa
William Hoffa

Adjunct Faculty
International Education

PhD, University of Wisconsin
MA, Harvard University
BA, University of Michigan

Bill Hoffa holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He spent his early academic years as a professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University and Hamilton College and was founding director of the American Studies program at Hamilton.

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To be considered for admission to the low-residency MA in International Education program, an applicant must have the following:

  • US bachelor's degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability
  • Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
  • Intercultural and professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning
  • Experience and familiarity with instructional technology, distance learning, and/or independent learning
  • Demonstrated capacity for self-directed learning
  • Current experience in the field of international education is expected, but previous or anticipated experience may be considered.

English Language Ability
Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not attend an undergraduate institution at which the language of instruction was English must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

  • Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test.
  • For the new Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), SIT's operational standard for admission for applicants whose first language is not English and who did not attend an undergraduate institution at which the language of instruction was English is a minimum total score of 79. This includes section scores of at least 24 on the writing section and 23 on the speaking section. These section scores should be considered guidelines for recommended minimum scores on the new TOEFL exam.
  • Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 6.0 or higher.

These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT.

Our admissions staff works one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to attend an open house, talk with SIT faculty and staff, and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education — grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments — they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.

SIT welcomes students from all economic backgrounds. Students commonly fund their SIT degree through a variety of sources, including federal and private loans, SIT grants and scholarships, scholarships from other sources, and personal and family funds. SIT Graduate Institute’s Financial Aid Office provides information on all aspects of funding an SIT degree.

SIT is able to process federal loans and graduate PLUS loans for students in the low-residency MA in International Education program. We recommend that you begin the process of applying for financial aid as soon as possible, even before you are accepted for admission. Click here for more information on financial aid.

Direct Costs

Tuition and Fees

Year 1 Summer Fall Spring
Tuition $6,225 $6.225 $6,225
Fees $405 $405 $405
Residency Room and Board $658    
Year 2 Summer Fall Spring
Tuition $6,225 $6,225 $6,225
Fees $405 $405 $405
Residency Room and Board $658    

MA degree total tuition and fees with Vermont residency room and board (all terms combined): $41,096

Indirect Costs*

Year 1 Summer Fall Spring
Books $400 $400 $400
Personal Expenses $500 $500 $500
Transportation $500    
Year 2 Summer Fall Spring
Books $400 $400 $400
Personal Expenses $500 $500 $500
Transportation $550    

* Note: SIT estimates the costs to students for books and personal expenses related to being enrolled as a student in the International Education online program. Individual expenses may vary.

Additional Costs

Field Study Courses: Costs range from $1,975 to $4,545. See details on the locations, schedule, and costs of individual field courses.

Estimated Student Loan Fees:

Year 1: $300

Year 2: $300

Estimated fees are based on the average amount borrowed by SIT Graduate Institute students. See details on student loan options.

Billing

Direct costs are billed by SIT Graduate Institute. Indirect costs are not billed by SIT, but represent educational expenses associated with being an enrolled student.

Reservation of Rights

SIT Graduate Institute reserves the right to alter, without notice, its policies and fees.

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