This online master's program is designed to develop budding scholars’ and practitioners’ abilities to research and understand the relationship between education and the economic, social, political, and cultural developments that shape national and regional systems of schooling. Issues of access, opportunity, and equity provide a common focus in the program.
Professionals can take this degree to broaden their intellectual outlook and develop important analytic and research skills. Other students can take this degree as a first step toward a Ph.D. program. Depending on course availability, the concentration requirement provides the ability to specialize in practical areas like higher education administration or educational leadership; or in thematic areas like literacy and language education, development studies, or public policy.
In addition, students may receive credit for relevant international travel and study as well as research and practicum experiences tailored to students’ individual circumstances and learning needs. The degree requires 30 hours of coursework.