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IEPM Program of Study

Structure and Delivery: Most IEPM students pursue their degrees full time (9 credit hours per semester) over the course of two years (four semesters). IEPM courses typically meet during the week, usually in the evenings (4:10-7:00pm), with select courses occasionally offered during the day. With this course offering schedule, many students find that they can also pursue part-time employment on campus as either a graduate or research assistant for a faculty member.

IEPM course project meeting
Lisa Christensen ’12, Katie Payne ’12, and Kristin S. Anderson ’12 work on a group project for Professor Brian Heuser’s course on International Organizations and Economic Development.

Curriculum Requirements: 36 credit hours consisting of 12 hours of the IEPM core (4 courses); 6 hours of methodology (2 courses); and 18 hours of electives selected with the guidance of the faculty advisor. Additionally, a two-month practicum (which can be taken with or without course credit, as determined by the student) is usually taken in the summer after the first year.

  Credit Hours
I. IEPM Core Courses 12
International Issues in K–12 Education Policy Reform (3)
Comparative Issues in Higher Education Policy Reform (3)
International Organizations and Economic Development (3)
Education and Economic Development (3)
II. Methodology 6
Research Methods and Data Analysis I (3)
Research Methods and Data Analysis II (3)
III. Electives 18
Elective courses may be taken across Peabody College, as well as in other disciplines offered across Vanderbilt University upon consultation with and approval of your faculty advisor. Past IEPM students have elected to take courses through the law school, graduate school, business school, divinity school, and the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health. Some popular electives taken by IEPM students include the following; however, students are free to choose any others not included in this list:
Social Context of Education Leadership and Policy
Economics of Higher Education Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Development, Reform, Innovation
International Perspectives on Leadership Politics and Governance in Education
Grants, Policy, and Administration
Non-Profit Management
American Education History and Policy
Teaching and Teacher Policy
College and University Management
Postsecondary Access and Opportunity
Public Finance of Higher Education
College Student Personnel Services

Total number of course credits required for graduation: 36

IEPM Prof. Cravens with students
Professor Xiu Cravens with her students from the International Issues in K-12 Education Policy Reform Class.

Graduation requirements: In addition to completing 36 credit hours toward the degree, IEPM students must also either pass a comprehensive examination (offered in the spring) OR write and submit a master’s thesis paper on a topic of their choosing. Only upon successful completion of the comprehensive exam or the master’s thesis will the student be considered a candidate for graduation.

The IEPM Advantage: The IEPM program allows students to tailor their curriculum and experience to their own individualized pursuits, and many students have complemented their international education coursework with classes in business, law, religion, global health, regional and area studies, and other disciplines across Vanderbilt University. Combined with a summer practicum experience, our IEPM students are prepared with essential skills and specialized content knowledge necessary to tackle some of the greatest educational challenges of our time.

Many of our graduates go on to pursue careers with international development agencies, private foundations, advocacy groups, government bodies, private consultancies, non-profit organizations, school districts, and higher education institutions, among others. Some graduates of the program choose to pursue further graduate or professional study at the Ph.D. level. There is no one “traditional” path for IEPM graduates, and the program thrives on bringing together students of diverse and varied backgrounds, interests, and experiences as they relate to international education.