Designed to provide you with a broad understanding of global higher education, our certificate program examines the challenges and opportunities facing higher education systems in different regions of the world.
The program outlines major trends and issues affecting this fast-growing field, and provides the skills to understand and analyze policy, practice, and theory. You’ll explore cross-cutting topics, such as leadership and management, economics and finance, student affairs, and teaching and learning, all from both global and regional standpoints.
The certificate provides you with the opportunity to hone your scholarly perspective, develop new skills, deepen your knowledge of key issues and trends in the international education field, and expand your professional network.
Successful completion of this certificate can be applied to a Master's in International Higher Education.
Please note that international students can only take this course online. International students are those who are not U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or those with permanent residence status (indefinite leave to remain).
Our international partnerships include a dual degree program with the University of Guadalajara (Mexico), a streamlined admissions process for students from Sophia University (Japan) and an exchange option with Yonsei University (South Korea). As a result, the students in our classes respresent a wide diversity of backgrounds and experiences.
Our program can be conducted entirely online, on a part-time or full-time basis.
Domestic students can also choose to take some or all of their courses on campus.
Boston College collaborates with key partners around the world, opening international networking opportunities to our students. You can also take advantage of the resources of the Boston College Career Center, which offers employment counseling and help with placements in the Greater Boston area.
This certificate consists of four courses and one field experience for a total of 15 credits.
Students typically take 18 months to complete the program, but it can be completed in 12.
Students are strongly encouraged to begin the program in the fall semester, but it is possible to begin the program at any time during the year.
Two core courses introduce the field, key concepts, and the intersections of theory, practice, and policy. The certificate culminates in a final applied research project, designed and conducted in collaboration with an international organization.
• Global and Comparative Systems of Higher Education
• Internationalization of Higher Education
• Applying Research in International Higher Education
Certificate students take two electives to complete their program. Electives are taught by globally recognized experts and also feature guest speakers, who provide additional insights from both a research and practicioner perspective.
Sample of Elective Courses:
|ELHE 7202||Global and Comparative Systems of Higher Education||3|
|ELHE 7603||Internationalization of Higher Education||3|
|ELHE XXXX||Elective Course||3|
|ELHE XXXX||Elective Course||3|
|ELHE 7903||Applying Research in International Higher Education (field experience)||3|
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
In 250-500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.
Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:
Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.
Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:
Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467