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MS in Global and International Education

The MS in Global and International Education provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of education’s role in economic, political, and socio-cultural development; international educational exchange; and the internationalization of education. The program builds knowledge about education’s role in societies around the world and an appreciation for how education professionals can be integral to fulfilling that role.  

Class topics include:

  • Contemporary and historical views on the relationships among education, culture and society
  • Formal and informal education and national development
  • Education in development policy
  • International cooperation and education
  • The role of the state and market forces in education
  • Global and regional disparities in areas such as literacy
  • Educational exchange, international service learning, and study abroad

A required capstone provides an opportunity for students to apply gained knowledge and skills to a significant problem. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. The MS in Global and International Education only admits new students in the fall term.

Online Delivery

The MS in Global and International Education is offered entirely online.

Drexel University has been offering online courses since 1996 and is the winner of the 2010 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education. At Drexel, we are committed to providing quality education online through reputable, accredited programs with no fixed class hours.

Our online students receive the same world-class education as our on-campus students.


Students in Drexel’s MS in Global and International Education choose one of five areas of concentration to suit their individual career objectives. The concentrations have been specifically developed to address new trends and developments in the field.

Educational Policy

Through this concentration, Global and International Education students wishing to work in the dynamic field of educational policy acquire the tools to analyze, craft, and implement policy effectively.

E-Learning Leadership

Distance learning is rapidly expanding, bringing educational access to remote and impoverished communities. Professional aptitude in e-learning is a must for certain careers in the field of international education.

Higher Education

Higher education is becoming increasingly globalized through foreign exchanges, international students, and technology. Students in this concentration learn to work in and with institutions and become acclimated to the higher education environment.

Learning Technologies

For educators to be effective in today’s high-tech world, it is increasingly important to be well-versed in learning technologies and technology trends. This concentration prepares education professionals to understand the ever-evolving landscape of educational technology and to be able to solve problems through the application of this knowledge.

Peace Education

The concept of building peace through pedagogy is a growing trend in global education. This concentration combines multiple interdisciplinary and multicultural theories in an effort to understand and counter the roots of cultural violence through education.

Advisement and Support

At Drexel, we understand the demands and difficulties of pursuing an advanced degree and do everything we can to help our students succeed.

Throughout the program, students receive the support of an academic advisor who serves as a mentor throughout the program. Our advisors help select courses, provide guidance on degree requirements, resolve academic issues, and facilitate connections between students, among other supports.

As an added resource, Global and International Education students have access to Blackboard that provides an online community where students can:

  • access course information
  • network with classmates, faculty, and program advisors
  • join discussion boards and share news
  • check job postings
  • access archived presentations
  • access online tutorials

If you would like to speak to the academic advisor for this program, please visit the Academic Advisor Directory.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Global and International Education program are prepared to take on educational challenges on a global scale. They come away with knowledge, skills, and new ways of thinking that allow them to make a positive impact on education across political and cultural boundaries.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for educational leaders with knowledge and skills related to international education, and a lens through which challenges and issues are viewed from and international perspective, are on the rise, and the MS in Global and International Education positions students well for a wide range of careers.

Global and International Education graduates are qualified to work in organizations such as:

  • International education associations
  • Accreditation agencies
  • Local community outreach centers
  • Ministries and governmental agencies
  • International development agencies
  • Human service agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations

Our graduates have found positions as administrators, managers, and researchers in national and international organizations, foundations, associations, and corporations.