International Education (PhD)

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Program Description

The PhD program in International Education prepares graduates for academic positions in comparative and international education, or for a career as a professional educator/researcher in international and multinational settings. Doctoral students develop a course of study that concentrates on a cultural area of the world, with options to study abroad, and take courses in specialized research methods, social science or humanities disciplines, globalization, and educational policy. Students may tailor their studies for focus on (1) cross-cultural exchange and training which prepares graduates to conduct research, teach, and work in educational and cultural organizations that facilitate international exchanges and cross-cultural training; (2) global education which prepares graduate to conduct research, teach, and work in colleges, universities, schools, publishing houses, and educational agencies that design, develop, and implement global education programs; or (3) International development education which prepares graduates to conduct research, teach, and work in government agencies, private voluntary organizations, and foundations that provide educational assistance to underdeveloped countries to achieve sustainable economic growth.

Special Opportunities

The International Education Program supports a number of research and training projects through the Multinational Institute of American Studies, a center for public diplomacy that offers noncredit programs in American culture, politics, and society to foreign scholars, diplomats, and journalists. A student-led organization, the International Education Student Board sponsors lectures and meetings on topics of current interest. The program also cosponsors several summer study-abroad programs in cooperation with other programs across the University.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.