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International Education

293 Master's Degrees Annually
13 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#186 in Popularity (Master's)

Types of Degrees International Education Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many international education graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 293
Graduate Certificate 48
Doctor’s Degree 13

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in International Education?

293 Master's Degrees Annually
83% Percent Women
27% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 83% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of international ed majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of International Ed Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 24
Black or African American 19
Hispanic or Latino 23
White 127
International Students 85
Other Races/Ethnicities 15

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in International Ed. About 29.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Japan
  • Canada

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that international education students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $52,550 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $51,125 (25th percentile) and $53,875 (75th percentile).


It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in international ed, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Online International Education Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 schools offered some type of international education program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 9 1
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 20 6
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to international ed.

Major Number of Grads
Educational Administration 43,584
Teacher Education Grade Specific 29,615
General Education 23,737
Special Education 20,510
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20,147
Curriculum & Instruction 18,738
Student Counseling 13,672
Instructional Media Design 6,790
Teaching English or French 4,389
Other Education 3,071
Multilingual Education 1,452
Educational Assessment 968
Education Philosophy 479
Teaching Assistants 6


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