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  • MS in Global and International Education


    Learn how Moorhouse earned her degree while abroad

    Today's leaders need the skills and practical knowledge to work within the context of global economic, political, cultural, and community influences on education. Drexel University's accredited online Master's in Global and International Education prepares you to work effectively with the complex global challenges, trends, and issues influencing education and learning in diverse parts of the world, including the United States.

    Graduates of the MS in Global and International Education program pursue careers in international and cross-cultural exchange, higher education, ESL programs, education abroad, law firms, international education associations, accreditation agencies, local community international outreach centers, the US government, international development or human service agencies, and non-governmental agencies.

    Secondary Concentrations

    These concentrations have been specifically developed to address new trends and developments in the field. Choose from one of five areas or create your own:

    • Educational Policy — Acquire the tools to analyze, craft, and implement educational policy effectively.
    • E-Learning Leadership — Develop professional aptitude in distance learning, a rapidly expanding field that brings educational access to remote and impoverished communities.
    • Higher Education — Master working in and with institutions of higher education as the field becomes increasingly globalized through foreign exchanges, international students, and technological advances.
    • Learning Technologies — Explore new learning technologies and trends, applying them toward solving problems in the ever-evolving technical landscape of education.
    • Peace Education — Learn to understand and counter the roots of cultural violence through education, utilizing a combination of interdisciplinary and multicultural theories.
    • Customized — Work with your advisor to create a path that meets your individual career objectives.

    Upon graduation, you will be able to:

    • Recognize the various dimensions of educational interventions
    • Develop, analyze and implement new educational policies in a variety of multi-cultural settings, both public and private
    • Provide critique on international, comparative, and educational research
    • Lead organizations in addressing the dramatic change in society and culture due to globalization and how these influence education

    Optional Study Abroad Opportunities

    The program offers study abroad opportunities during the summer term each year. These opportunities are designed for working professionals who are unable to spend more than two weeks away. This summer, the program is excited to announce a study abroad opportunity in Vietnam. You will visit important historical sites and meet with local experts, likely to include key diplomats, policy-makers, political leaders and educators. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to expand your knowledge of how policy-makers in the US and in Vietnam mobilize education for diplomatic goals, and the role that teachers and students play in promoting diplomacy.

    Global Education Colloquium

    The MS in Global and International Education program hosts the Global Education Colloquium on the third Tuesday of every month. Each month, the GEC features a distinguished speaker and lively discussion. The topics presented are the result of research spanning the full range of learning, teaching and training topics including international studies, higher education, peace education, social justice, inequality, politics of knowledge, policy, leadership and organizational change.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Core Courses 
    EDHE 680 Foundations of Evaluation3.0
    EDGI 500 Introduction to Global, International & Comparative Education3.0
    EDGI 504 History and Theory of Comparative Education3.0
    EDGI 510 Culture, Society & Education in Comparative Perspective3.0
    EDGI 512 Globalization and Educational Change3.0
    EDGI 520 Political Economy of Education Reform3.0
    Primary Concentration Courses  
    EDGI 506 Comparative Higher Education Systems3.0
    EDGI 508 Understanding Research in International & Comparative Education3.0
    EDGI 514 Education and National Development3.0
    EDGI 518 Analysis of Policy Issues in Global & International Education3.0
    Capstone Requirement 
    EDGI 715 Co-op with Portfolio1.5
    EDGI 716 GIE Co-op Experience with Seminar4.5
    Select one of the following Secondary Concentrations:9.0
    Secondary Peace Education Concentration*
    EDGI 530
    Peace Education 
    EDGI 532
    International Organizations in International Education 
    EDGI 534
    Conflict Resolution in an International Context 
    Secondary Higher Education Concentration
    Select 3 of the following Higher Education courses:
    EDHE 500
    Foundations of Higher Education 
    EDHE 510
    Governance, Management & Administration in Higher Education 
    EDHE 520
    Student Development & Customer Service Management 
    EDHE 530
    Higher Education Law 
    Secondary E-Learning Leadership Concentration
    Select 3 of the following E-Learning Leadership courses:
    ELL 501
    The Purpose and Business of E-Learning 
    ELL 502
    E-Learning Technologies 
    ELL 503
    Teaching and Learning Issues in E-Learning 
    ELL 504
    Learning Technologies & Disabilities 
    ELL 604
    Design & Delivery of E-Learning I 
    ELL 605
    Design & Delivery of E-Learning II 
    Secondary Educational Policy Concentration**
    Select 3 of the following Educational Policy courses
    EDPO 620
    Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications 
    EDPO 624
    Shaping of American Education Policy: Global Forces 
    EDPO 632
    Ethics in Educational Policy Making 
    EDPO 636
    Access & Equity in Educational Policy Making 
    Secondary Learning Technology Concentration
    Select 3 of the following:
    EDLT 538
    New Media Literacies 
    EDUC 535
    Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology 
    EDLT 537
    Technologies for Performance Support 
    EDUC 532
    Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience 
    Sample Electives 
    You can select courses as additional electives from within the School of Education or from another Drexel University program (with School of Education approval), such as international business administration, foreign languages, women's studies, or science/technology/society. 
    EDGI 600
    Study Abroad Experience 
    EDGI 610
    International Ecotourism & Education 
    Total Credits45.0



    As an alternative secondary concentration, you may create a customized area of study from other Drexel University departments/programs such as International Business Administration, Women's Studies, or Science/Technology/Society.


     To complete the Drexel Educational Policy Certificate, complete 2 additional 3-credit courses: EDPO 628 and EDPO 640.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $894 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1192 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Career Outlook

    Drexel's Global and International Education program goes beyond the traditional “bricks and mortar” of a college campus. The degree provides students with the skills and knowledge to pursue careers within and outside of academia. Depending upon your concentration(s,) there are numerous career opportunities:

    • International Organizations: World Bank, Inter- Monetary Fund-IMF, Inter-American Development Bank-IADB, United States Agency for International Development-USAID, United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization-UNESCO, International Association of Universities-Affiliate of UNESCO, Institute of International Education-IIE, Council for International Educational Exchange-CIEE, Association of International Education Administrators-AIEA
    • Non-profit and for-profit Organizations/Corporations: Museums, informal education organizations, foreign language businesses
    • Government Agencies' Educational and Training Divisions/Programs: U.S. Department of Education, State Departments of Education, National Center for Education Statistics-NCES, Federal TRIO Programs/Council for Opportunity in Education-COE
    • Politics: Political consultant, lobbyist, advisor

    Organizations where our current students and graduates work

    Administrative Concepts, Inc.
    AHA Bolivia
    Al Tawheed Primary School
    Blue Ocean Language Center
    Columbus Council on World Affairs
    Davis and Elkins College
    DC Public Schools
    Drexel University
    Ecole Sainte Marie
    English Childrens Center
    Exile International
    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    Felician College
    Global Arena
    Guy Carpenter & Company
    Ilsan Daejin High School
    Institute of International Education
    Irish American University
    Johnson and Wales University
    Kogei High School
    Marshall University
    Ministry of Presidential Affairs
    Salisbury University
    Seagoville Elementary
    Sogang University
    Wall Street Institute

    Job Titles of our current students and graduates

    Academic Counselor
    Admissions Counselor
    ALT Teacher
    Assistant Principal
    Bilingual Customer Service Rep
    Business Development Representative
    Client Service Generalist
    Director of Academic Affairs
    Director of International Programs
    Director of Student Activities
    Director of Study Abroad
    English Instructor
    English Tutor
    Fellowships Coordinator
    Fullbright Scholars Coordinator
    International Programs Officer
    International Student Advisor
    LeBow International Recruitment
    Program Director- Center for Civic Engagement
    Project Manager
    Regional Program Director- Economic Education
    Research Intern
    Residential Life Coordinator
    Senior English Foreign Teacher
    World Cultures Catalyst Project Coordinator

    Co-Op Topics our current students and graduates have studied

    A Chance for All: Favela Children in Jundiai

    Analyzing the Link Between Co‐Curricular Activities and International Student Retention and Satisfaction

    An Action Research Study on FLES Implementation in the Wyomissing Area School District

    An Assssment of Peace Education for War Affected Children in East Africa

    An Examination of the Cultural Awareness Training at the President’s Scholarship Office

    Creating a Continuum: A Fresh Look at Reporting & Grading & the Hiawatha Leadership Academy

    Community College: Global Awareness through Study Abroad

    Community Colleges' International Partnerships: American Association of Community Colleges' Global

    Education Commission

    CDPeace: Acting locally, Expanding Globally

    Community Service and Global Citizenship with Semester at Sea

    Developing a Model for the Implementation of a Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project Within the Cultural Context of Africa

    Developing Online Curricula for the National Hispanic Entrepreneurs Organization

    Development of Social Studies Curriculum Reflecting Global Cultures and World History for K‐4 Students in Rwanda

    Elementary Schools, Darfur & Advocacy: Do we expose our youth?

    Emergency Preparedness Planning: Suggestions & Implementations for Social & Technological Disaster Recovery

    Empower Through Education: A Model College Preparatory and Support Program for Students Who are Deaf in Developing Nations

    Establishing Resource Manual and Training Program to Further the Professional Development of AEMC's in‐house Interpreters

    Exploring Study Abroad Programs for non‐Traditional Graduate Students

    Fast-forword Reading Progress Indicator As A Measure of Second Language Readiness

    Global Communities: Assessment and Evaluation of Global Education Best Practice for the Development of a Secondary/Dual‐Credit Global Education Curriculum

    Global Perspectives for High School: A College Preparatory Model for the Global Marketplace

    Improving Education in Southern Sudan for Orphans Through the Implementation of a Best Practice Model

    Improving English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in China

    Incorporating Sustainability into Cross‐Cultural Courses at Eastern Mennonite University

    Increasing Minority Participation in Study Abroad

    In Pursuit of Peace: Implementing Peace Education in Palestine

    Intercultural Education in a Korean High School

    International Field Experience for Pre‐Service Teachers: Measure of Programs for Preparing Teachers to Globalize the Classroom

    Internationalizing the Japanese Classroom Transforming Elementary Schools to Promote Global Learning

    Language Literacy and Business Skills Training for Women in Guinea

    Measuring Program Impact: A Model for Nonprofit Organizations Providing Global Education Youth Outreach

    Merging a Culturally Diverse Campus through On‐ Campus Physical Activity

    Partnerships for Peaceful Communities

    Project Global Inform

    Short‐term Study Abroad, Sports and Reflection

    Study Abroad: A Focus on Reflection

    The Importance of Study Abroad Experiences for Global Perspective in College Students

    The Value of International Internships in Global Workforce Development

    Using Learning Technologies to Teach Multiculturalism in Japanese Primary Schools

    Viability and Efficacy of the Training of Trainers phase of Teacher Professional Development in Nepal: A Theory‐Driven Process Evaluation

    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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