Join a community of global scholar-practitioners and make a difference in international higher education!

The IHE MEd program at Loyola's School of Education offers a rigorous curriculum rooted in Social Justice and critical thinking.

Program Highlights

  • A highly accessible online / summer study abroad format which allows students to manage graduate study along a busy work schedule.
  • Rolling admissions up until 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
  • Two study abroad courses (Mexico and Rome) embedded in program requirements

Our commitment to you

Upon graduation with an MEd in international higher education from Loyola, you will possess the knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to commence or advance work across the field of international higher education, including areas such as

  • Higher education administration
  • Student affairs (International student and study abroad offices, among others)
  • Policy analysis
  • Private sector and non-profit organizations focused on international education


You'll understand social justice and the application of social justice concerns in the domain of higher education, particularly in regard to comparative and international education, intercultural communication and understanding, and critical perspectives on international higher education theory and practice.


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 conduct 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 campus and in your professional field.

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


The IHE M.Ed. is designed to be completed in two years, including summers. 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 requirements include 36 semester hours and completion of a final electronic portfolio. All courses must be completed within the predetermined curricular sequence.

A Cohort Model

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.

As part of a global cohort program, students in the IHE MEd receive the following benefits:

  • A 20 percent tuition discount across the entirety of the program
  • Exemption from various university fees, including the Student Activity Fee and the CTA U-Pass
  • Exemption from proof-of-immunization and proof-of-health-insurance requirements that apply to Chicago-based students.

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.

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 and Cohort Sequence

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.

IHE M.Ed. Course Sequence: 2021-2023 Cohort (36 semester hours)

TermYear 1Year 2

ELPS 427: Foundations in Higher Education

ELPS 455: Comparative Education

ELPS 433: Student Development Theory

ELPS 503: Critical Issues in the Internationalization of Higher Education


ELPS 432: Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher Education

ELPS 405: Introduction to Educational Policy Analysis

ELPS 431: Evaluation in Higher Education

ELPS 565: Capstone

Summer I

RMTD 400: Introduction to Research Methodology

ELPS 550: Globalization and Education

Summer II

ELPS 448: International Higher Education - Rome Center - 2 wks

*July 2022; dates TBA in Fall 2021

ELPS 529: Educating Students Abroad: Lessons from Mexico - 1 wk

*July 2023; dates TBA in Fall 2022


Culminating ePortfolio (August)

Travel & Visa

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

Admission Requirements

We are currently acepting applications for Fall 2023. See our MEd in International Higher Education application page for more information and to apply.

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 Education program, you will join a wide-network of alumni. Hear from some of our former participants about their experiences in the program.