International Education Management and Leadership

University at Albany

M.A. Online
30 months
944 USD/credit
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Designed for early- and mid-career international education professionals, the  International Education Management and Leadership programme offered by University at Albany is designed to provide concise and in-depth understanding of cutting-edge issues and recent developments in the field.

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The Master of Arts in International Education Management and Leadership offered by University at Albany is a fully online, asynchronous, 10 course program (30 credits) designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective managers and leaders in the international education field. 

Aspiring and early career professionals as well as mid-career administrators will gain a focused, in depth, and coherent understanding of cutting edge issues and recent developments in international education management as embedded within the administration, leadership, data analytics, risk management, financing, and student support functions of higher education institutions and other international education organizations. Through a combination of scholarly and applied learning experiences, graduates of the program are prepared to be data-driven leaders in the international education management and field. 

Those completing this M.A. degree will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their jobs, either to comprehend aspects of the field as a whole, or to update knowledge and experience in particular areas.

The program is designed to be undertaken on a part-time basis.

The MA-IEML program is designed for the working professional to undertake on a part-time basis. The duration of the program depends on whether one undertakes a one or two course load, when one commences the program (fall, winter, summer), and other considerations, such as transfer credits and advance standing.  Students completing two courses per term (and no summer courses) can fulfill program requirements in five semesters; students who complete one course per term can fulfill program requirements in 10 semesters.  Most people will fall somewhere in between.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Core Courses 
  • Data Analysis Course 
  • Specialization Courses 
  • Elective Courses 
  • Capstone Course

Core Course Requirements:

The international education management and leadership core is designed to provide students with abroad exposure to all major areas of international education activity, including strategic planning and the profession, as well as general knowledge of higher education administration and finance which are the context within which international education is embedded.

The following three courses are required for all students in the MA in International Education Management & Leadership. 

  • Introduction to International Education Management (required first semester)
  • Administration of Institutions of Higher Education
  • Higher Education Finance


Classes limited to 20 students.

Early- to mid-career international education professionals working for educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations and associations, government agencies and private education companies. 


World class, full-time faculty, many of who are senior professors, teach small online classes (limited to 20 students).

  • Dr. Mitch Leventhal (Ph.D., University of Chicago), Program Director and Professor of Professional Practice & Entrepreneurship. Prof. Leventhal is a specialist in global higher education leadership, strategy, governance, quality assurance and business operations. Previously, he served as vice chancellor for global affairs at the State University of New York and is founding Chair of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC). In this program, he teaches courses on international education management and leadership and educational entrepreneurship.
  • Dr. Aaron Benavot (Ph.D., Stanford University), Professor.  Dr. Benavot focuses on comparative education, global education policy, and the interplay between education and sustainable development. Until recently, Dr. Benavot recently directed the Global Education Monitoring Report (UNESCO, Paris), which monitors progress towards global targets in education, and produces independent research and analysis to support evidenced-based policy making. In this program, he teaches courses on Comparative Education and various electives.
  • Dr. Jason E. Lane (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University), Interim Dean and Associate Professor. Prof. Lane is Director of the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT), as well as founding executive director of the SUNY Academic & Innovative Leadership (SAIL) Institute. Previously, Dr. Lane served as Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for the State University of New York. Dr. Lane focuses on leadership and governance of higher education, particularly as it relates to the emerging relationship between higher education, policy and politics, and globalization.  In this program, he teaches course focused on international education management and leadership and higher education administration. education.
  • Dr. Susan D. Phillips (Ph.D., Columbia University), Professor.  Prof. Phillips has served as Dean of the School of Education, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the University at Albany. Dr. Phillips' research has focused on decision making and career development. Her recent research has examined other-than-rational decisionmaking strategies as well as the role of relationships in career decision making. In addition to her numerous leadership roles, she has also been instrumental in creating cross-disciplinary initiatives, and has also worked with certification, accreditation, and licensing issues. In this program, she teaches higher education administration.
  • Dr. Kathryn Schiller (Ph.D., University of Chicago), Associate Professor. Prof. Schiller’s interests are quantitative methodology, policy analysis and sociology of education. Her research interests have included public/private school comparisons, school choice, transitions between levels of schooling, and the relationship between government policies and student achievement.  In this program, she teaches courses focused on quantitative analysis.
  • Dr. Teniell L. Trolian (Ph.D., University of Iowa), Assistant Professor. Prof. Trolian's research focuses on the educational experiences that influence college choice and college outcomes, with an emphasis student services, student-faculty interactions, and related areas. In this program, she teaches courses focused on international student services.
  • Dr. Gilbert A. Valverde (Ph.D., University of Chicago), Associate Professor.  Prof. Valverde conducts international research on the politics and political economy of educational quality. He is past-president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and a Fulbright Senior Specialist. He has worked as advisor, policy analyst and grant recipient with the World Bank, the OECD, the United Nations, universities, think tanks, and ministries of education throughout the Americas. In this program, he teaches courses in Comparative Education and various electives.
  • Alan P. Wagner (Ph.D., University of Illinois), Professor. Prof, Wagner is an economist with broad interests in global education policy. His most recent work concerns higher education and workforce development. Prof. Wagner previously held a senior position in the Directorate for Education, Employment, Labor and Social Affairs at the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In this program, he teaches courses on higher education finance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Cohort starts in January & August 2019


IELTS or TOEFL needed


  • Semi-structured
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    944 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 944 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
  • National

    944 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 944 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.

The per credit rate for out of state residents is $944.

For in-state students, the per credit rate is $462.


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