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.

Program Faculty

Our dedicated faculty are experts in their fields who will support students throughout each stage of the program. Faculty for this program come from both the Higher Education and Cultural and Educational Policy Studies units.

Higher EducationCultural and Educational Policy Studies
  • Blanca Torres-Olave
  • Tavis Jules
  • Noah Sobe


Completion of this International Higher Education (IHE) MEd degree requires 36 semester hours and completion of a final electronic portfolio. Most of the courses take place online in an asynchronous format; the study abroad courses take place in person at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center and in Mexico.

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.

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.

Continuous Enrollments
Master's students in international higher education are required to maintain continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Assistant Dean of Student Academic Services.


Degree Requirements

Required Courses (36 semester hours) 

  • ELPS 405: Introduction to Educational Policy Analysis
  • ELPS 427: Foundations in Higher Education
  • ELPS 431: Evaluation in Higher Education
  • ELPS 432: Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher Education
  • ELPS 433: Student Development Theory
  • ELPS 448: International Higher Education
  • ELPS 455: Comparative Education
  • ELPS 503: Critical Issues in the Internationalization of Higher Education
  • ELPS 529: Educating Students Abroad: Lessons from Rome in Cultural Immersion
  • ELPS 550: Globalization and Education
  • RMTD 400: Introduction to Research Methodology

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.

Admission Requirements

Interested in applying? Check out the MEd International Higher Education application requirements.

  • For application related questions, contact: Brittney Marshall (bmarshall@luc.edu), Enrollment Advisor
  • For program structure and academics related questions, contact: Blanca Torres-Olave, Program Chair

Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships

The School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable. You can learn more on the Financial Assistance page.

Alumni Voices

When you complete the MEd in International Higher Edcuation program, you will join a wide-network of alumni. Hear from some of our former participants about their experiences in the program.