International Higher Education MEd

About the International Higher Education Master's Program at Loyola

Today's interconnected world needs scholar-practitioners who want to make a difference in international higher education. If you are interested in globalization, international policy, and promoting social justice and equity in higher education, consider the MEd in International Higher Education program at Loyola University Chicago.

This higher education degree at Loyola explores multiculturalism, critical issues in international higher education, research within this field, and more. It will prepare to become a reflective leader who is able to apply social justice frameworks to international higher education contexts. This international education program culminates in the development of an electronic portfolio you can share with future employers.

Program Structure

The International Higher Education MEd is a part-time program designed to be completed in two years, including summers. Courses are completed in an asynchronous (self-paced), online format, with the exception of two study abroad courses that take place in person at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center and in Mexico.

Why Choose Loyola for Your International Higher Education Degree?

Highly accessible and featuring two study abroad courses, Loyola's MEd is distinctive among higher education degree programs. It offers a rigorous curriculum rooted in social justice and critical thinking.

A flexible, accessible format

Manage your graduate studies with your work, family, and other commitments through an MEd that can be completed almost entirely online. Finish full time in just two years.

Receive the benefits that come from being part of a cohort, such as networking and building relationships with other students who share your passion for higher education.

The cohort model also includes a 20-percent tuition discount as well as exemption from various university fees and other requirements that apply to Chicago-based students.

Two study abroad courses are weaved into the curriculum to enrich your education. You will have the opportunity to study in both Mexico and Rome.

Become an agent of change through an MEd in International Higher Education that is centered on advancing social justice through education.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Education faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the International Higher Education MEd program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the International Higher Education MEd program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide International Higher Education MEd learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the International Higher Education MEd totals $36900.00, or 36 credit hours at a cost of $1,025.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

This program's cohort model includes a 20-percent tuition discount as well as exemption from various university fees and other requirements that apply to Chicago-based students.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Visit the School of Education Scholarships page for detailed information about eligible scholarships.

More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the International Higher Education MEd are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Priority: February 15
Final: June 1

Please note that applications are not reviewed until the deadline passes.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the International Higher Education MEd include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be 500-1,000 words and describe your personal and professional interests and goals in international higher education, how the program will advance your professional goals, and life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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Applying online to the International Higher Education MEd program is a swift, uncomplicated, and cost-free process. After submission, you can proceed to send and upload any additional requirements.

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