Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

MEd in International Higher Education


The MEd program in International Higher Education provides students with deep knowledge of the changing landscape of higher education globally and will prepare them to work in multiple areas including higher education policy, administration, international student affairs and study abroad.

A collaboration between Loyola’s Higher Education and Cultural & Educational Policy Studies/Comparative International Education programs, the global cohort format of this degree program will ensure that this opportunity for advanced study and professional preparation is available to students who are not only based in Chicago or in the U.S. but anywhere around the world. We aim to recruit a cohort of students deeply committed to social justice whose diverse backgrounds and previous work experiences—as well as future career objectives—will enrich the learning environment.

Coursework in this program will be online with the exception of two blended courses that will require students to travel to Loyola’s campuses in Rome, and Vietnam for a two-week and one-week session respectively. The internship requirement may be completed in the student’s country of residence or at another location arranged by the student.

Program benefits

  • Study as part of an online global cohort, offering a rich diversity of perspectives.
  • Learn from faculty with international reputations for scholarship, policy work, and practice in higher education as viewed from a global perspective.
  • Benefit from networking and bonding with other students from across the world through a cohort that completes all required coursework together.

Program outcomes

  • Work in diverse cultural contexts to better understand, analyze, evaluate and advance the missions and programs of higher education institutions around the globe.   
  • Skilled policy analysts able to use advanced statistical analysis for data-driven decision making.   
  • Develop and undertake effective, high quality assessments and program evaluations.   
  • Demonstrate an understanding of 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 (relatedly) with respect to education abroad programs. 

Explore the program

The US Department of Education requires any institution offering distance education/online programs to students outside of its home state to acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Regulations vary from state to state. While Loyola University Chicago is authorized, exempt or pursuing authorization in most states, some restrictions apply. Please see our State Authorization page for the most up-to-date information.

Loyola University Chicago is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.