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International Education Policy (HIEP)   

Program Title and Classification

International Education Policy

Graduate Degree Program

College: Education

Abstract

The Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education (HESI) program is committed to advancing the positive role education can have in society. Our faculty and students study core facets of the education system; this includes the functioning and impact of colleges and universities, student learning and development in higher education, and the enactment and implementation of K-18 and nonformal education policies in an international context. HESI offerings are characterized by a particular emphasis on social justice, diversity, policy, and system change. Our students and faculty are scholars, practitioners, change agents, and innovative leaders active in universities, as well as in national and international organizations and policy-making bodies. The program is a collaborative community that develops theory, conducts research and translates these to practice, and engages students, educators, and professionals in the advancement of education.

The HESI programs offers three areas of concentration: Higher Education; Student Affairs; and International Education Policy. Please only include one area of concentration on the application. Before applying students should familiarize themselves with each concentration area and choose the one that most closely fits their own particular needs and aspirations. The College of Education website (http://www.education.umd.edu/) offers descriptions of all the concentrations, faculty profiles and contact information, and is an essential resource for all applicants.

Note that, as of 2012, the HESI graduate programs are part of a new department, the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. Previously, Student Affairs was part of the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services and Higher Education and International Education Policy were part of the Department of Education Leadership, Higher Education and International Education.      

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.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample

Please see the "How to Apply" section for details and deadlines.

Grade Point Average (GPA): A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is required. A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5 is required for doctoral programs.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
1 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Dec


Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://www.education.umd.edu/CHSE/admissions/admission_criteria/

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Core Requirements
Thesis option: 30 credits

 

EDHI 672: Modes of Inquiry in Education Research (3 credits)

EDHI 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Quantitative or Qualitative Methods course (3 credits)

One additional research methods course (3 credits)

International Education Electives and Disciplinary Professional courses (9 credits)

Complete two of the following courses:

EDHI 605: Comparative Education (3 credits)

EDHI 606: Political Economy of Education in a Global Context (3 credits)

EDHI 607: Culture and Education in a Global Context (3 credits)

 

Non-thesis option (Master's Paper required): 30 credits

 

EDHI 672: Modes of Inquiry in Education Research (3 credits)

EDHI 679: Master's Seminar (3 credits)

Quantitative or Qualitative Methods course (3 credits)

International Education Electives and Disciplinary Professional courses (15 credits)

Complete two of the following courses:

EDHI 605: Comparative Education (3 credits)

EDHI 606: Political Economy of Education in a Global Context (3 credits)

EDHI 607: Culture and Education in a Global Context (3 credits)

*Non-thesis students must also complete a Master's paper.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete 90 credits beyond the Bachelor's degree, including a maximum of 24 credits transferred from a previously earned Master's degree. Students are also required to complete 12 credits of EDHI 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research, which is included in the total credit requirement. 

Core courses:

EDHI 605: Comparative Education (3 credits)

EDHI 606: Political Economy of Education in a Global Context (3 credits)

EDHI 607: Culture and Education in a Global Context (3 credits)

Research Methods courses:

EDHI 672: Modes of Inquiry in Education Research (3 credits)

Quantitative Methods course (3 credits)

Qualitative Methods course (3 credits)

Two courses in Methodological Approaches (6 credits)

International Education Electives and Disciplinary Professional courses (30 credits)

 

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 90 credits beyond the B.A. Twenty-four credits are usually accepted for transfer from a previous M.A. degree and 12 credits are awarded for dissertation research, which means the degree generally requires 54 credits of coursework which can be completed in 2 to 3 years. 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.

 

Facilities and Special Resources

Faculty and students in the Department work closely with area schools, colleges, universities, associations and other education-related organizations. Extensive resources in the Washington, D.C., area, including international agencies and non-governmental organizations, provide exceptional opportunities for internships, field experiences, and research to enhance formal course experiences.          

Financial Assistance

The Department has a very limited number of merit-based fellowships and graduate assistantships available to doctoral students. Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students in March only for the following fall semester. Assistantships are also awarded in the spring for the following fall semester, but occasionally an assistantship may become available at another time of year. A large number of assistantships are also available throughout campus, and many students regularly find assistantships in other departments and offices on campus. Both fellowships and assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. It is to the student's advantage to apply well before the published application deadlines and to submit a complete application package if they intend to be considered for a fellowship, assistantship, or other form of financial aid. It is a requirement that a student be admitted as a condition of eligibility. International students' applications are not considered complete and are not reviewed by the Department until they have received clearance from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), which can take additional time. If you need information about ISSS clearance visit the ISSS website at www.umd.edu/ies. For more information on financial assistance, see the department web site: www.education.umd.edu/chse/admissions/finance.        

Website

http://www.education.umd.edu/CHSE/admissions/admission_criteria/

Contacts

Kenglin Lai, Graduate Assistant for International Education Policy

Counseling, Higher Education, & Special Education

University of Maryland, 3214 Benjamin Bldg

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-2858

Fax: (301) 405-9995

klai123@umd.edu

 

Carol Scott, Coordinator

Counseling, Higher Education, & Special Education

University of Maryland, 3214 Benjamin Bldg

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301.405.8384

Fax: (301) 405-9995

chse-admissions@umd.edu

 

Associated Information

Courses

EDCI

EDCP

EDHI

Keywords

HESI

Relationships

Higher Education (HIED)

Student Affairs (HISA)