Master of Arts in International Education (Low Residency)



The program comprises (primarily) online and (limited) residential coursework; reflective practice of a student’s ongoing professional work; and a final capstone paper and presentation, for a total of 35 credits. While students must fulfill a number of degree requirements, they have opportunities to customize their learning according to individual interests.

An outline of all degree components, including required coursework, is provided below.


  • Coursework (18 credits). Students are required to complete between 10 and 15 hours of work each week. Assignments typically include readings, electronic group work, electronic postings, papers, and projects. Through the coursework component, students acquire critical theoretical knowledge and new professional competencies.

    Required coursework:
    • Foundations of Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management
    • Practitioner Inquiry
    • Theory, Practice, and Policy of International Education
    • International Education Design, Delivery, and Evaluation
    • Advanced Concepts in International Education I, II
  • Reflective Practice (15 credits). Since students in the program are already practicing professionals in the field, Reflective Practice is a structured approach for them to apply learning from their coursework with ongoing professional activity. Students receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills in a professional context while remaining engaged with faculty and other students.

  • Course Electives (2 credits). Students can satisfy the program’s two-credit elective requirement in a number of ways, including by attending SIT courses offered in Vermont and/or Washington, DC; participating in field courses offered around the world (most recently in Bangladesh, Mexico, and Turkey); participating in professional development workshops (with additional academic work as needed); or pursuing independent study. Students can also choose to take a course at a local institution and transfer the credit to SIT. Please note that in this situation, the course must be at the graduate level and the institution must be accredited.

    Review sample elective courses. (PDF)

  • Capstone Paper and Seminar. Researching and writing a capstone paper takes students deeply into the experiential learning cycle, where they explore the meaning of the practicum experience, integrate theory and practice in written and oral presentations, and make a contribution to intercultural fields. Students demonstrate, assess, and synthesize their learning during a one-week capstone seminar held multiple times each year on SIT’s campus in Vermont. This experience includes giving a presentation of the capstone paper to the capstone group and interested members of the SIT community; reading and critiquing colleagues’ contributions; and participating in theme-based synthesis discussions.  Review past International Education capstone papers.

All students must fulfill a Language and Culture Proficiency Requirement (PDF) before they are eligible to graduate.

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