International Education Specialization

Program Description

The International Education Specialization is a nine-credit stream within the two-year, 33-credit Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership program that focuses on  responding to the identified and increasing need for educational leaders  who can work effectively in international contexts and with internationalization of the institution in mind. The program will prepare students to develop the skills required to develop, grow, or manage international education programs, policies, and practices aligned with the strategic interests of their educational organizations. 

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, excellent relationship building skills, a strong sense of business acumen, and a high degree of  intercultural competence.  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 of the International Education Specialization 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.

In additional to the general program outcomes, graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze the leader’s own organizational context in light of existing cultural norms, national/international trends and global perspectives;
  • 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;
  • Foster and sustain an inclusive institutional culture and climate to support both student learning and faculty/staff professional growth;
  • Gain expertise in the business side of international education, including business development, marketing and recruitment, contract management, policy analysis and risk management;
  • Integrate evidence-based decision making approaches into administrative leadership practices to support growth and improvement;
  • Implement authentic and meaningful strategies that assure the academic quality of programs; and
  • Lead collaborative and systematic inquiry processes that support institutional growth and improvement.