Master of Arts in International Education

SIT Graduate Institute

Program Description

Master of Arts in International Education

SIT Graduate Institute


Become an effective policy advocate and skilled program administrator through a carefully designed combination of faculty instruction, individual practice, analysis, and experience. Our low-residency format allows you to complete most of your coursework online so you can stay in your job and community.

Through an experiential learning model, you’ll develop expertise in advising, exchange management, community education, and volunteer program management. Keep up with trends in international curricula, program design, and transnational regulations and examine the effects of globalism, internationalization efforts, changing technology, and education policy on international programs as you master skills and strategies in program design and development.

By the end of the program, you’ll be prepared to run a program anywhere from a traditional school to a nonprofit organization to a refugee camp or homeless shelter, in the US or abroad.

There’s no better time than now.

Study abroad experiences have changed the lives and opened the minds of countless students. Today, international exchange and intercultural understanding are more important than ever. Whether you’re coordinating a semester abroad for a domestic student, helping international students get acclimated to their new community, or advising a university as part of a government team, you’ll be making a difference in the lives of students and in the communities that host them abroad.

Degree Sequence

On-campus coursework, two sessions in June (1–2 weeks each session)

  • Year one: First two weeks in June
  • Year two: 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 your professional experience

Capstone paper and presentation

  • Final paper and presentation on campus

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.

Put your developing skills to use during faculty-guided, reflective practice at your current job or a practicum placement.

During the online coursework phase, you’ll conduct reflective practice while engaged in professional work in the field of international education. During this period, you’ll remain engaged with faculty and other students and receive course credit for documenting the integration of your knowledge and skills.

Alumni Careers

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.

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 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


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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 28, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
June 2019
2 years
43,500 USD
Jan. 27, 2019
Priority deadline is January 27, 2019, and rolling thereafter
USA - Brattleboro, Vermont
Start date : June 2019
Application deadline Jan. 27, 2019
Priority deadline is January 27, 2019, and rolling thereafter
End date June 30, 2021
June 2019
USA - Brattleboro, Vermont
Application deadline Jan. 27, 2019
Priority deadline is January 27, 2019, and rolling thereafter
End date June 30, 2021