Master's Global Higher Education program



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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 a career in international higher education.

  • 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. ​

 What can you do after graduation?

  • Work in the field of international higher education

    e.g. Study Abroad ​offices, International Student Services, International Recruitment, and International Enrollment Management 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, 13 GHE alumni are pursuing Ph.D. degrees at American higher education institutions.

Click here to see what GHE alumni are doing now. 

Unique Strengths of the Program:


  •  100% face-to-face (no online courses)

  • Student-centered and individual attention throughout the program

  • A family-like collaborative learning community

  • Embedded internship to gain ​work experiences

  • Integrated Professional Development and leadership skill training

  • Innovative Advising and career coaching throughout the program.

Program at a Glance

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-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 students said about the cohort model? 2017cohort_Thai_Stammtisch

(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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