Master of Arts in
International Education (Part-Time Hybrid)

Learn to lead education programs in communities around the world without leaving your job. Earn your master's degree online with brief summer residencies.

At a Glance

For programs beginning in 2021




Part-Time Hybrid

Priority deadline

January 31, rolling thereafter

Final Deadline

April 15

I-20 Deadline for Student Visas

March 1


2 Years


United States

Critical Global Issue of Study

Education & Social Change

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Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.


SIT created the first MA in international education two decades ago and today offers this popular master’s degree online to busy full- and part-time professionals. The program features short, intensive summer residencies and carefully curated online coursework built around our proven experiential learning.

Customize your program to fit the unique demands of your career and long-term professional goals by choosing from a variety of electives focused on leadership, peacebuilding, language education, international development, and intercultural service. You may also conduct independent studies to advance your career objectives.

Start with a two-week summer residency on our scenic Vermont campus, where you will meet your cohort and faculty advisor, begin your coursework, and receive an introduction to SIT’s reflective practice—our structured approach to learning that lets you apply your coursework to your ongoing professional activity for credit.

For the remainder of the summer and into spring, you will study for your master’s degree online alongside your advisor and cohort, with the support you need to attain professional expertise as an international educator focusing on global studies, program and curricula development, administration, and research skills.

In the second year of your studies, you will reconvene with your cohort in Vermont, review what you have learned, and reconnect during a one-week summer residency. After studying online for the rest of summer and fall, you will complete your coursework that spring and present a capstone paper.

This program spans six semesters, with 10 to 15 hours of coursework a week and reflective practice. Designed especially for aspiring professionals, this primarily online master’s degree program will guide you in meeting the immense challenges of the international educator, positioning you for rapid advancement in the field.

Career Paths

Students who have graduated with this degree work in careers such as the following, among others.

  • Study abroad advisor

  • Education consultant

  • University professor, assistant, or associate

  • US embassy education specialist

  • Program designer

  • Exchange program manager

  • Community educator

  • Admissions director

  • Country development officer

Visit the SIT blog to read more about SIT Graduate Institute alumni careers.

Program Sites

Part-Time Hybrid Format

  • Courses take place almost entirely online 
  • Brief summer residencies in Vermont  

Brattleboro, Vermont

Summer residencies and capstone presentation typically take place on Vermont campus, or online virtually.

Vermont is at the forefront of sustainability, education, and regeneration. New England is a haven for start-ups, transition towns, community-owned forests, artisanal food and beverage companies, sustainable farming, eco-architecture, green energy, and many environmental and social justice organizations. SIT’s beautiful southern Vermont campus offers woodland trails, hiking, running, and cycling, as well as a private library, study rooms with mountain views, and an entertainment space where students often gather at the end of the day to socialize. You will also be a few miles from downtown Brattleboro, which offers an array of shops, restaurants, and eateries.

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.



International education professionals are most effective when they understand the context, issues, skills, and possible paths forward of their field. Become an effective educator through a carefully designed combination of faculty instruction, individual practice, analysis, and experience. Our part-time, hybrid format allows you to complete most of your coursework for this international education master’s degree online so that you can stay in your job and community.  

Through SIT’s experiential learning model, you will examine the historical, theoretical, and social foundations of the international education field; design a variety of educational programs; and develop and conduct field-based research projects. In doing so, you will learn about advising; exchange management; non-formal and community education; volunteer program management; language teaching administration; conflict transformationinternational education development; and social justice education.  

By the completion of the program, you will be prepared to run educational programs for any age level in your home community, nation, or abroad in traditional or nontraditional schools, nonprofit organizations, governmental offices, refugee camps, or shelters. 

In this program, you will learn:  

  • The historical context as well as the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that shape education around the world 
  • To articulate critical understanding of education systems with emphases on social justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity
  • To demonstrate knowledge of influential theories in international education (IE) 
  • To understand the perspectives, relationships, roles, and influences of stakeholders in the international education field 
  • How power, privilege, and oppression mediate educational practices around the world 
  • How international education policy is developed and implemented at the institutional, local, state, regional, national, and international levels 
  • To apply fundamental research skills, including conceptualizing, designing, conducting, and presenting original research in the IE field 
  • To design, deliver, and evaluate international education programs (including proposal preparation, needs assessment, curriculum design, budgeting, human resource management, health and safety, crisis management, marketing, recruitment, and evaluation) 
  • To create and implement IErelated content through writing, facilitation, and public speaking 
  • To promote equity, inclusion, diversity, and social justice in education 
  • To uphold high ethical standards and critical reflexivity in all aspects of one’s professional work 
  • Value reciprocity in knowledge– and skills-sharing 

This program requires completion of the Language and Culture Proficiency Requirement for graduation. Details can be found in the catalog.

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information.

This is SIT

  • We value active togetherness, reciprocity, and respect as the essential ingredients for building a sustainable community.
  • With open minds, empathy, and courage, we facilitate intercultural understanding and respect for the commonalities and differences between people.
  • We champion social inclusion & justice in all that we are and all that we do, from ensuring our community and our programs amplify the voices, agency, and dignity of all people to deliberately instilling the principles and practices of inclusion in all ofour work.
  • We are committed to human and environmental well-being through sustainability and contributing to a better world for all living and future generations.


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

The program spans six semesters, totaling 36 credits. Curated online coursework combined with limited residential coursework and reflective practice within your ongoing professional activities conclude with final capstone paper and presentationWhile you fulfill your degree requirements, you will have the opportunitto customize your learning according to your interests through both mandatory and elective coursework listed below. 

Core Coursework (18 credits)

You 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, you will acquire critical theoretical knowledge and new professional competencies. The following courses are required: 

  • Foundations in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management – 3 credits 
  • Practitioner Inquiry – 3 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)

You can satisfy the program’s elective requirement in a number of ways including by selecting SIT courses, pursuing independent study, or taking a course at a local institution and transferring the credit to SIT. Please note that in the last situation, the course must be at the graduate level and the institution must be accredited. 

Reflective Practice (15 credits)

Reflective practice is a structured approach for you to apply learning from your coursework to ongoing professional activity. You’ll receive course credit for documenting the integration of your knowledge and skills in a professional context while remaining engaged with faculty and other students. 

Capstone Paper and Seminar (1 credit)

Demonstrate, assess, and synthesize your learning through preparation of a capstone project and participation in a one-week capstone seminar held multiple times each year. Researching and writing the capstone paper takes you deeply into the experiential learning cycle, where you’ll explore the meaning of your reflective practice experience, integrate theory and practice in a written and oral presentation, and make a contribution to the field of international education.  

Faculty & Staff

International Education (Part-Time Hybrid)

Alla Korzh, EdD
Program Chair, Doctorate in Global Education (EdD) • Associate Professor, Global Masters in International Education
Sora Friedman, PhD
Professor, International Education • Chair, MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management • Chair, MA in International Education
Melissa Whatley, PhD
Assistant Professor of International and Global Education, Doctorate in Global Education (EdD)
Nicolas Stahelin, EdD
Assistant Professor, MA in Climate Change and Global Sustainability
Roberto Villaseca, PhD Candidate
Co-Chair, Global Master of Arts in International Education
Bruce W. Dayton, PhD
Executive Director, Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) • Chair, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations • Associate Professor and Chair, MA in Peace and Justice Leadership
David Shallenberger, PhD
Affiliated Faculty, MA in International Education

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