Learn to plan and manage international education programs while staying in your current job and community.

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SIT’s online International Education program offers working professionals a flexible and customized path to a Master of Arts. The online program features the same faculty and curriculum as the on-campus program. The difference is the format – students already in the field can update skills and knowledge to keep up with 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. During the online portion of the program, students can study and complete assignments whenever they choose. This is combined with limited face-to-face interactions and residential coursework, reflective practice, and a final capstone paper and presentation, for a total of 36 credits.

Degree Sequence

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

  • Year I: First two weeks in June
  • Year II: Second week in June

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

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

Capstone Paper and Presentation

  • Final paper and presentation on campus

With SIT’s experiential curriculum, you’ll learn how to put theory into practice. In addition to core courses, a broad range of elective choices let you focus on courses that will help you meet your career goals.

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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.

Field Courses


Each year, SIT Graduate Institute offers a number of graduate study abroad programs and field courses at sites in the United States and around the world. Learn in depth about an important issue on the ground.

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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. Learn more about the intensive field courses.

Reflective Practice
A cornerstone of this program is the reflective practice. This allows you to apply learning from your SIT courses in the real-world setting of your job, enriching your learning experience.
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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.

Alumni Careers

Students at SIT Graduate Institute

Students in this program go on to work in the field in a variety of areas including study abroad offices, NGOs, nonprofits, and government agencies. Find out some of the career paths that may be open to you.

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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

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:

  • 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

SIT’s faculty are practitioners in their fields. Our diverse, multicultural faculty have worked across the world as leaders, trainers, and developers in the business, nonprofit, education, and public sectors.

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Core Faculty

Sora Friedman
Sora Friedman

Professor and Co-Chair
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)


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 (IE) for over 30 years, focusing on the preparation of new professionals in the field, IE management training, high school exchanges, the administration of adult exchanges in public diplomacy, and international policy advocacy. She joined the SIT Graduate Institute faculty in 2005 and was an adjunct faculty member for three years before that.

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Linda Drake Gobbo
Linda Drake Gobbo

International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)


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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Alla Korzh
Alla Korzh

Assistant Professor
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)
Global Youth Development and Leadership


EdD, International Educational Development, Columbia University, USA
MEd, Instructional Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
BA with Honors, Teaching English as a Second Language, Nizhyn State Pedagogical University, Ukraine

Dr. Alla Korzh is an educator, researcher, and practitioner in the field of international education with a regional focus on Eastern Europe. She holds a doctorate in international educational development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Karla Giuliano Sarr
Karla Giuliano Sarr

Assistant Professor and Co-Chair
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)


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.

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Ray Young
Ray Young

Assistant Professor
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)


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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Adjunct Faculty and Guests

Lynée Connelly
Lynée Connelly

Adjunct Faculty
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)


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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Aleksandra Nesic
Aleksandra Nesic

Adjunct Faculty
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)


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.

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Admissions Criteria

SIT Graduate Institute campus

We strive to create a diverse and experienced student body to enhance the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom. To be considered for admission to this program, you must meet the following criteria:

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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.
  • Students must have a job in the field of international education to complete their practicum requirement

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.)

  • Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of
    • 600 on the paper-based test (PBT)
    • 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or
    • 100 on the internet-based iBT.
  • Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher.
  • Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.

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.


See a breakdown of the costs for this program.

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Direct Costs

Tuition and Fees

Year 1 Tuition: $20,295
Year 1 Fees: $1,455

Year 2 Tuition: $20,295
Year 2 Fees: $1,455

MA degree total tuition and fees (all terms combined): $43,500

Year 1 On-Campus Room and Board: $700

Year 2 Estimated On-Campus Room and Board: $700

Indirect Costs

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

Additional Costs

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.