International Education Policy
In the International Education Policy (IEP) Program, you will explore some of the most challenging issues facing teachers and learners worldwide — how to educate students in refugee camps; how to improve girls education in Afghanistan; how to deliver effective HIV/AIDS education in Malawi; how to help young people develop the skills they need in the 21st century — and be constantly challenged and asked, "What would you do?"
Working closely with classmates from around the world, you will learn to develop education policy recommendations, design innovative programs, and support their implementation and evaluation in ways that effectively improve access to quality and relevant education, promote peace and understanding, and empower every learner to realize his or her full human potential.
Effective education leaders can increasingly contribute to creating opportunities to improve the living conditions of people, to expand human freedoms and capabilities, to foster unprecedented understanding and collaboration, and to advance peace and sustainability.
Professor Fernando Reimers, faculty director
IEP is a year-long, full-time graduate program that prepares the next generation of leaders in international education reform. The many strengths of IEP include:
- Student-Led Learning Experiences – IEP students create opportunities to deepen their knowledge of topics that interest them, through study groups, leadership of student organizations, leadership of topical conferences, or participation in numerous co-curricular programs.
- Cohort and Community – The members of your cohort enrich the learning experience with their diverse professional backgrounds in international development, school reform, research, and policymaking. Roughly half of IEP students are international, and most have lived and worked in several countries and have travelled extensively.
- World-Class Faculty – IEP includes some of the top scholars and practitioners in their fields: education nonprofit management, early childhood development, literacy in developing countries, and more. These same world-class scholars will be your teachers, mentors, advisers, and connections to professional opportunities.
The IEP curriculum is rigorous and flexible, designed to develop your capacity to think analytically, critically, and systematically about ways to improve education. You will take courses across three core areas — international education, microeconomics, and research and evaluation — learn how to compare and analyze policy alternatives, use data to evaluate the efficacy of existing programs, and develop your own strategies for social change.
You will complete eight courses (32 credits) in total. At least five courses, including modules must be at HGSE, in addition to four electives either at HGSE, Harvard, or MIT through cross-registration.
- Microeconmics (1 course/4 credits)
You may petition to waive the microeconomics requirement with prior equivalent experience.
- International Education (2 courses/8 credits) one of which must be an "Issues and Concepts" below.
- A132 Educational Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Comparative Perspective (spring)
- A133 Cultural Explanations for Ethnic and Racial Inequality in Education (fall)
- A819 Contemporary Developing Countries' Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Social and Economic Problems (fall)
- A833Y Research Practicum on Expanding Quality Education for All Students (fall)
- AH103 Educational Outcomes in Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Perspectives (spring)
- H110G Learning in a Globalizing World: Language Acquisition, Cultural Awareness, and Cognitive Justice (January)
- H813 Bilingual Learners: Literacy Development and Instruction (fall)
- Comparative International Education: Issues and Concepts
- A801 Education Policy Analysis and Research in Comparative Perspective (fall)
- A803 Education in Global Cities: Transforming Education in New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Shanghai (fall)
- A804 Monitoring and Evaluation for Improving Education Systems (spring)
- A816 Education in Armed Conflict (fall)
- A818 International Organizations and Education for Development: The Role of the World Bank (fall)
- A822 The Consequences of Educational Policy Interventions in Developing Countries: Evidence from Recent Impact Evaluations (spring)
- A826 The Politics of Education in the Developing World (spring)
- A830 Comparative Education and International Development (spring)
- Research and Evaluation (1 course/4 credits)
- S005 Introduction to Educational Research (fall)
- S011 Understanding Today's Educational Testing (fall)
- S012 Empirical Methods: Introduction to Statistics for Research (fall)
- S040 Introduction to Applied Data Analysis (fall)
- A164 Program Evaluation (spring)
- S030 Intermediate Statistics: Applied Regression and Data Analysis (spring)
- S052 Applied Data Analysis (spring)
- S522 Analyzing Culture: Dialogue, Discourse, and Theme (spring)
Members of the IEP faculty are more than scholars of international education reform; they are experienced practitioners actively working with governments and NGOs worldwide. Our faculty members are renowned scholars in their fields, including microeconomic analysis, international program monitoring and evaluation, nonprofit management, early childhood development, education outreach in conflict zones, and social entrepreneurship.
Alumni & Student Profiles
IEP graduates work as leaders within international education nonprofits, NGOs, and government agencies, and as social entrepreneurs running their own initiatives to improve educational quality and access worldwide.
Using handwritten letters, a student tells a refugee’s story.
The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for International Education Policy, reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.
Connect with Admissions
More information about our admissions application requirements and instructions, tuition and financial aid, and answers to frequently asked questions is available on our website. If you have additional admissions-related questions, please contact Ernald Furxhi or call 617.495.3414.
Connect with Program Staff
If you have specific questions about IEP program requirements, please contact program coordinator Andrew Hall or call 617-495-4845.
Virtual Information Sessions
View the International Education Policy recorded virtual information session to learn more about the program from faculty, students, and staff.