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Global Higher Education MS Program

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GHE Program Mission

The Global Higher Education Master's Degree Program offers the unique opportunity to study higher education administration and leadership from both an American and international perspective. It will prepare individuals with the capacities for critical thinking, problem-solving, and global competence that will enable them to engage in educational administration and innovations, as leaders ​or as researchers, as practitioners or as scholars in higher education in a global context.


What ​can you do after graduation from the GHE program?

  • Work in the field of international higher education
  • Work in the field of higher education administration
  • Pursue Ph.D. degree in Education
  Click here to see what GHE alumni are doing now. 

What will you learn at the GHE program? (Learning Outcomes):

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Develop transnational and intercultural awareness and global competence;
  • Describe and analyze issues, trends, and challenges concerning higher education and international higher education from multiple perspectives;
  • Identify and analyze issues and challenges pertaining to a given educational institution's engagement with internationalization and with globalized society;
  • Outline the current trends and focuses surrounding research on higher education in a global context;
  • Understand various aspects for developing, managing, and evaluating study abroad programs ​and administration and policy compliance in international student services
  • Design proposals aiming to solve a practical issue in the internationalization process of a postsecondary institution of the student’s choice.

Program at a Glance

Unique Strengths of the Program:

  • Intensive learning with embedded internship to gain hands-on experiences
  • Individual attention throughout the program
  • Integrated cohort experience within a dynamic, transnational, "family-alike" collaborative learning community
  • Innovative Advising and career coaching throughout the program.

Cohort Program

The Global Higher Education Master's Degree Program (GHE) is a cohort program. Through its cohort design, the Global Higher Education (GHE) program facilitates a dynamic, transnational, and "family-alike" 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 students said about the cohort model? (Based on GHE 2015 cohort survey)

" 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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