A global experience for educators driven to make a difference and change the inequities in education world wide

A hybrid program that offers courses online and at our international campuses in Italy and Vietnam, the MEd in international higher education is for you if you live outside the U.S. and are drawn to the mission of access and equity at Loyola's School of Education

Our commitment to you

Upon graduation with an MEd in international higher education from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to commence work across the field of higher education, including administration, higher education policy, international student affairs, and study abroad.


You'll understand social justice and the application of social justice concerns in the domain of higher education, particularly in regard to student development, the advancement of intercultural understanding, and education abroad programs. You'll have the diverse cultural context to evaluate and advance the missions and programs of higher education institutions around the globe.


You will be a reflective leader, able to work in diverse cultural contexts to better understand, analyze, evaluate, and advance the missions and programs of higher education institutions around the globe. You'll also be adept policy analysts, able to use statistical analysis for data-driven decision making and develop and undertake effective, high-quality assessments and program evaluations. 

Professional Values

Graduates of Loyola's higher education program are committed to advancing social justice through education. You'll become a scholar-practitioner who is an agent of change on your campus.


Completion of this International Higher Education (IHE) MEd degree requires 36 semester hours, an internship, and completion of a final electronic portfolio. This program will include online and blended courses, with the course meetings taking place at Loyola's oversea centers in Rome and Vietnam.

Program Length

This cohort program is designed to be completed in two years, including summers. All courses must be completed within the cohort sequence.

Our program has been set up as a cohort because we find that students benefit greatly from joining a learning community and from networking and bonding with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students participate together in all of the required courses leading to the MEd degree.

In addition, students in the IHE MEd global cohort program benefit from the university’s policy of granting a 20 percent tuition discount to students enrolled in cohort programs. As a global/online cohort program students are exempted from paying the university’s Student Activity Fee, are exempted from the CTA U-Pass requirement and are exempted from the proof-of-immunization and proof-of-health-insurance requirements that apply to Chicago-based students.

Master's students in international higher education are required to maintain continuous enrollment during their program of studies.

A student may petition the IHE Program Director to be allowed to take a course out-of-sequence, yet remain a cohort member. Only one course may be taken out of sequence during a cohort student’s course of study. We cannot guarantee that seats will be available in an out-of-sequence course, nor that all required IHE courses will be offered in an online format. Taking a course out of sequence may result in a student being unable to complete the degree in two years. Permission to take a course out of sequence will be granted at the discretion of the Program Director.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses (36 semester hours) 

  • ELPS 405: Introduction to Educational Policy Analysis
  • ELPS 419: Leadership in Higher Education
  • ELPS 427: American Higher Education
  • ELPS 431: Evaluation in Higher Education
  • ELPS 432: Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher Education
  • ELPS 448: International Higher Education
  • ELPS 455: Comparative Education
  • ELPS 529: Educating Students Abroad: Lessons from Rome in Cultural Immersion
  • ELPS 550: Globalization and Education
  • ELPS 565: International Education Internship
    The internship requirement may be completed in the student’s country of residence or at another location arranged by the student.
  • RMTD 400: Introduction to Research Methodology
  • RMTD 404: Introduction to Educational Statistics

Comprehensive Assessment/Capstone Project: The preparation of an electronic portfolio is required.

Travel & Visa

Securing the necessary visas to travel along with related expenses are the student's responsibility.


Noah Sobe, PhD

Program Director and Faculty

“The program consists primarily of online coursework both because students have asked us for this and because it lets us reach students across the globe. It lets us bring our mission of 'enhancing professionalism in the service of social justice' to a whole new level. The master's in international higher will be especially useful to a person who works overseas and wants to gain a top-quality master's degree from a highly regarded US university without needing to relocate back to the US.”