Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


Completion of this MEd degree requires 36 semester hours, an internship, and completion of a final electronic portfolio. This program will include online and blended courses with the course meetings taking place at Loyola's oversea centers in Rome and Vietnam.

Required Courses (36 semester hours)
See Course Sequence for more information.

  • ELPS 405: Introduction to Educational Policy Analysis 
  • ELPS 419: Leadership in Higher Education
  • ELPS 427: American Higher Education
  • ELPS 431: Evaluation in Higher Education
  • ELPS 432: Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher Education
  • ELPS 448: International Higher Education
  • ELPS 455: Comparative Education
  • ELPS 529: Educating Students Abroad: Lessons from Rome in Cultural Immersion
  • ELPS 550: Globalization and Education
  • ELPS 565: International Education Internship
  • RMTD 400: Introduction to Research Methodology
  • RMTD 404: Introduction to Educational Statistics

Length of the Program: This cohort program is designed to be completed in 2 years including summers.  All courses must be completed within the cohort sequence.

Comprehensive Assessment/Capstone Project: The preparation of an electronic portfolio is required.

Continuous Enrollments: Master's students in international higher education are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that students complete the cohort in the course sequence and time frame as defined.

Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation for the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

  • February 1 for August conferral*
  • August 1 for December conferral
  • December 1 for May conferral

* Candidates graduating in August are eligible to participate in the preceding May commencement ceremony in Chicago.

Travel & Visa: Securing the necessary visas to travel along with related expenses are the student's responsibility.


The School of Education’s MEd in International Higher Education has been set up as a cohort program because we find that students benefit greatly from joining a cohort learning community and from networking and bonding with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students participate together in all of the required courses leading to the MEd degree.

In addition, students in the IHE MEd global cohort program benefit from the university’s policy of granting a 20% tuition discount to students enrolled in cohort programs.  As a global/online cohort program students are exempted from paying the university’s Student Activity Fee, are exempted from the CTA U-Pass requirement and are exempted from the proof-of-immunization and proof-of-health-insurance requirements that apply to Chicago-based students.  This cohort program is designed to be completed in 2 years including summers.  All courses must be completed within the cohort sequence.

However, we recognize that circumstances may arise that require a student to take a leave of absence or request an alteration to the program sequence.

Alterations to Course Sequence: A student may petition the IHE Program Director to be allowed to take a course out-of-sequence, yet remain a cohort member.  Only one (1) course may be taken out-of-sequence during a cohort student’s course of study.  We cannot guarantee that seats will be available in an out-of-sequence course, nor that all required IHE courses will be offered in an online format.  Taking a course out-of-sequence may result in a student being unable to complete the degree in 2 years time.  Permission to take a course out-of-sequence will be granted at the discretion of the Program Director.

Per general School of Education policy graduate students may only count towards degree completion no more than two courses with a grade of C or below.  If an IHE cohort student needs to retake a course either because of this requirement or because of a grade of F, this will be considered an out-of-sequence course and require approval from the IHE Program Director as specified above. The short term ELPS 529 (Rome, July) and ELPS 448 (Vietnam, January) overseas study-abroad courses are a mandatory part of this program.  In extenuating circumstances they may be taken out of sequence the following year.  However, to preserve the integrity of this degree program other courses may not be substituted for them and they must be taken as study-abroad courses.

Leave of Absence: To request a leave of absence from the IHE Program students must complete a leave of absence request form and submit it to the IHE Program Director.  Students have a maximum of one year for the leave and must indicate when they plan to return from the leave (e.g., the beginning of the Spring, Fall or Summer term).  A leave of absence is equivalent to “pausing” one’s graduate studies for a period of time.  If a leave of absence is approved this means that when a student recommences studies he or she remains a cohort student (though he or she may be assigned to join a cohort different from the one he or she began with).  No courses are taken during a leave of absence.  Upon the resumption of studies the student is expected to proceed to degree completion at the pace and according to the established program course sequence.   If a student is granted a full year leave of absence but requests to rejoin the program in less time this will be permitted provided there is space available in the course(s) in which the student wishes to enroll.

Cohort Program Withdrawal: A student admitted to the IHE MEd Cohort Program may request to leave the cohort and work towards completion of the IHE MEd degree requirements as a non-cohort student.  The IHE MEd required courses may be taken either online or at Loyola’s Chicago campus.  However, please note that we cannot guarantee course availability and openings in courses for students who withdraw from a cohort.  Students who withdraw from the cohort may take one, two, or three courses per semester but must have any modifications to the specified course sequence approved by the IHE Program Director.  Students who withdraw from a cohort must adhere to the university’s requirements regarding continuous enrollment and have five years from acceptance to complete the program. (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion.)  IHE MEd students who withdraw from the cohort will no longer receive the 20% cohort tuition discount. As students in a global program geared towards online coursework they will still be exempt from the requirements that apply to Chicago-based students for semesters when they are only enrolled in online courses.  However, in semesters when an IHE MEd student is enrolled in any face-to-face courses at Loyola’s Chicago campus he or she will be required to pay the Student Activity Fee as well as U-PASS and Health Insurance fee/waiver if enrolled at full-time status (8 credits or more). 

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