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Global Higher Education MS Program

Be a leader in international higher education!

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What we do?

  • Offer the unique opportunity to study higher education administration and leadership from both an American and international perspective.

  • Prepare future leaders and ​researchers, practitioners and scholars in higher education in a ​cross-cultural, transnational context.

  • Train ​professionals for careers in international higher education (study abroad advising, international student services, and international admissions, etc.)

  • Prepare individuals with the capacities for critical thinking, problem-solving, data-driven decision making, and communication skills that will enable them to engage with internationalization of higher education. ​

    (Click here to see GHE courses and learning outcomes)

What can you do after graduation? steph_Milkey_latinamerica

  • Work in the field of international higher education

    e.g. Study Abroad ​advising and program management, international student services, and international admissions and recruitment, etc.

  • Work in the field of higher education administration

    Student Affairs, Admissions, Student Career Services, Academic Advising, and Assessment & Evaluation etc.

  • Pursue Ph.D. degree in Education in the US

    Currently, 12 GHE alumni are pursuing Ph.D. degrees at American h


    igher education institutions.

    Click here to see GHE alumni job placement.

Program at a Glance

  • Length of Study: 3 semesters minimum
  • Course requirement: 30 credits at the graduate leve. Click here to see the GHE courses.
  • Application deadlines: Click here to see how to apply.
    • Early-action deadline: December 1 ( for domestic and international students). Admission result notification by January 30. 
    • Regular accepting applications from domestic students: From December to July 1st.
    • Regular accepting application from international students: From December t​o March 31.
    • Regular applicants are notified of their admission decisions on a rolling basis between ​February 1 and July 20, typically within 30 days after their applications are complete (except submissions in December).
  • Program starts Fall Semester each year
  • Tuition: $5993.88 per semester for resident (in-state) students; $12657.32 per semester for non-resident and international students (based on 8 or more credits in Fall semester 2017). For most ​recent ​tuition rate, please check out University Tuition and Fees.

Unique Strengths of the Program:

  • Connect education with careers
  • Embedded internship to gain ​work experiences
  • Integrated Professional Development and leadership skill training
  • Intensive Advising and career coaching throughout the program.
  • A family-like collaborative learning community
  • 100% face-to-face (no online courses)
  • Student-centered and individual attention throughout the program

Cohort Program

The cohort model and the cohort spirit are the soul of the Global Higher Education Master's Degree Program (GHE). Through its cohort design, the Global Higher Education (GHE) program facilitates an intercultural, transnational, and family-like collaborative learning community. Students follow the course sequence together, which provides a daily platform for exchanging ideas, sharing experiences, and sharing expertise regarding current and critical issues in international higher education. As they move through the program together, students will have opportunities to participate in academic and social events together, expand their professional networks, and build life-long friendships among cohort fellows. Students who have completed the program describe the experience as irreplaceable. They all agree that the cohort allowed them to share cultures and to quickly form tight connections with their ​fellows.

What have GHE ​alumni said about the cohort model? farmmarket4

" I really like the cohort model, it helps me find my niche within a campus as large as UW-Madison."

"I think one of the most beneficial aspects of the GHE program was the cohort model. It really helped me connect with other students and learn from them, and it also provided comfort and familiarity in the courses."

"The cohort model and those relationships really helped me build my confidence because everyone was so supportive and we all wanted to see each other succeed. When I started the program I never expected to become so close with the cohort group, but I know I gained lifelong friends."

" I absolutely loved the cohort model.  I learned so much about the cohort members and their cultures over the course of the program.  They always offered diverse perspectives on higher education, many of which I will utilize in my professional experience.  Socially, the cohort model was great for meeting people right away and feeling more comfortable in a city where I barely knew anyone." 

" I love my cohorts from the bottom of my hearts! All the domestic students are so patient to listen to the international students' voices and so caring. I think the size of our cohorts is perfect."

" I think that our cohort model is amazing. It is great that our cohort is well-balanced when it comes to our members. Not only do we have an almost even amount of domestic and international students, but we also have international students from a variety of countries thus allowing us to gain more perspectives on different topics."

" I think we would have done even more together if we had more free time. The moments to get together and socialize are essential. That was irreplaceable in creating a comfortable learning community for domestic and international students alike."

Click here to see what GHE alumni have said about the program.

For more information, please contact
Program Director Prof. Dr. Weijia Li
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
University of Wisconsin-Madison
253F Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

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