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International Comparative Education (ICE)

12 months
56487 USD/year
56487 USD/year
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The International Comparative Education (ICE) concentration offered by Stanford University is a multidisciplinary, international, cross-cultural program of training that places educational problems into an international and comparative framework.


Key facts

There are two tracks at the Master's level of the ICE concentration offered by Stanford University :International Comparative Education (ICE) and International Education Policy Analysis (IEPA). The ICE and IEPA MA programs are run jointly and concurrently in the Graduate School of Education. The Master's ICE/IEPA program provides an interdisciplinary overview of the major theoretical and empirical issues in education, development, and policy, together with an opportunity for students to pursue a limited amount of specialized course work and reading in their areas of professional interests. 

The admissions process does not distinguish between programs by setting quotas or limits for each program. In fact, students have the option, once they enter the program, to switch from one program to the other depending on how their interests evolve. An integral part of this program is the MA paper, which familiarizes students with trends, methods, and research findings in their areas of specialization. Students in IEPA are required to have a policy perspective in their MA paper, and, if appropriate, policy recommendations stemming from one's findings.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Applied Research Methods in Comparative Education
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Economics of Education in the Global Economy
  • The Politics of International Cooperation in Education
  • World, Societal, and Educational Change
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Statistical Methods in Education
  • Statistical Methods: Precalculus
  • Applied Statistics
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Survey Design
  • Directed reading or research with advisor
  • International Education Policy Workshop

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


29 SCH


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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold before enrollment at Stanford, a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association.
  • Applicants from institutions outside the U.S. must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. See minimum level of study required of International applicants.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English.
  • International students enrolled must be able to read English with ease, understand rapid idiomatic English as used in lectures and group discussions. 

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Stanford

1100 - 1600 USD /month
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