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SIT’s online 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 online program utilizes the same faculty and curriculum as the on-campus program. The primary difference is in the format.
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.
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requirements (including the language and culture proficiency requirement) within five years of the entry date will be withdrawn from the program.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.
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.
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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:
Students 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, international student coordinators, or international student recruiters. Graduates work in study abroad offices, NGOs, nonprofits, and government agencies as well as in other venues.
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:
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.
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.
As an educator, practitioner, and researcher, Alla has taught and advised graduate students in the comparative and international education program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
EdD University of Massachusetts
MEd University of Massachusetts
BS Georgetown University
Karla Giuliano Sarr is an international education practitioner and scholar. Karla's interests include basic education, multilingual education, cultural relevancy, community-school relationships, literacy, girls' education, training, and curriculum development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PhD, Nova Southeastern University
MA, SIT Graduate Institute
BA, University of Florida
Dr. Aleksandra Nesic currently lectures at Florida State University’s International Affairs Department and serves as an intercultural education specialist at FSU’s Center for Global Engagement. Dr. Nesic works with international students, scholars, and faculty from over 100 countries and implements intercultural, interfaith, and conflict transformation programs and learning assessment projects.
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.
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
To be considered for admission to the low-residency MA in International Education program, an applicant must have the following:
English Language Ability
Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.)
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.
Year 1 Tuition: $18,675
Year 1 Fees: $1,350
Year 2 Tuition: $18,675
Year 2 Fees: $1,350
MA degree total tuition and fees (all terms combined): $40,050
Year 1 On-Campus Room and Board: $686
Year 2 Estimated On-Campus Room and Board: $711
SIT estimates the costs to students for books, personal expenses, transportation. Individual expenses may vary.
Year 1 Books: $1,200
Year 1 Personal Expenses: $1,500
Year 1 Transportation Costs: $500
Year 2 Books: $1,200
Year 2 Personal Expenses: $1,500
Year 2:Transportation Costs: $500
Field Study Courses in year 1: Costs range from $2,200 to $5,450. See details on the locations, schedule, and costs of individual field courses.
Estimated Student Loan Fees:
Year 1: $225
Year 2: $225
Estimated fees are based on the average amount borrowed by SIT Graduate Institute students. See details on student loan options.
Direct costs and on-campus room and board are billed by SIT Graduate Institute. Indirect, off-campus housing costs, transportation expenses, and additional costs are not billed by SIT, but represent educational expenses associated with being an enrolled student.