Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Business Development in International Education is a seven-month, nine-credit program that focuses on  the increasing need for educational leaders  who can make sound and nimble business decisions about programs, policies, and practices related to international education. The program will help students develop the skills required to develop, grow, or manage international education programs aligned with the strategic interests of their educational organizations. Students will examine key facets of the business side of international education -- including business development, marketing and recruitment strategies, contract management, policy analysis and risk management – and will consider the implications of these facets within their own organizational context.

Who It’s For

Colleges, universities, technological institutes, and secondary schools are all embracing internationalization of their programs. With the growth of international programs and schools and the increasing numbers of international students in educational institutions in many parts of the world, comes a growing demand for leaders who can provide their organization with a strategic vision and  a strong sense of business acumen about international education and its potential within the organization.  Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy. Please visit the program admission page for more information.


Graduates will develop an understanding of educational improvement concepts and research related to international education and be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to supporting student achievement and institutional growth.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Critically examine key issues, policies and perspectives that affect how post-secondary institutions integrate international education into their academic and business models;
  • Improve intercultural understanding, global awareness and internationalization efforts by analyzing and enhancing organizational structures, communication processes and leadership styles; and
  • Gain expertise in the business side of international education, including business development, marketing and recruitment, contract management, policy analysis and risk management.