MA in Cross-Cultural & International Education


MACIE, THE MASTER OF ARTS IN CROSS-CULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION  is an academic, research-oriented graduate program in the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy (EFLP) at Bowling Green State University.

The MACIE program offers students rigorous coursework with opportunities for collaborative, community service. We prepare our graduates to be effective leaders in cross-cultural and international education arenas. With a core curriculum in educational foundations, research methods, and a minor outside of Education, our students examine education issues from diverse perspectives in international, transnational, and global contexts. 

The program connects cultural and international understanding with educational theory and practice through a unique combination of courses from several disciplines at BGSU. Students construct the academic basis for their program from select courses in the College of Education and Human Development and other colleges on campus. The students then apply this academic foundation to a practical cross-cultural/ international internship experience. Students have participated in a variety of internships in formal and non-formal settings, including international sites in China, South Africa, Vietnam, Chile, Costa Rica and Belize, and domestically with Yup'ik students in Alaska, refugee organizations in Colorado, Washington and Texas, and Mexican migrant populations in Ohio. Students complete the MACIE program with comprehensive examinations or a master’s thesis.

The upcoming academic year MACIE will welcome its second Fulbright Student Scholar, Ms. Marila Palyga from Russia. We congratulate Mr. Pardis Rahimi, our first Fulbright student, on his graduation from MACIE in May 2016. In addition, three MACIE students have won Fulbright Awards since 2014. That year, Ms. Samantha Martin was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Research Grant to continue her study of the educative process of traditional healing in Java, Indonesia. Two MACIE students were also awarded Fulbright Teaching Felllowships for 2015-2016: Samantha Boss will be teaching in Mexico, and Jessica Batterton will be working in Rwanda; MACIE student Brad McDonald was also an alternate for a research Fulbright in Serbia.

MACIE students continue to support the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program, under the leadership of BGSU Professor Sharon Subreenduth. The TEA Program, managed by IREX and funded by the US Department of State, brings 18 outstanding high school educators from around our globe to Bowling Green for six weeks of intensive academic and cultural experiences. Dr. Subreenduth and BGSU will again host IREX-TEA scholars in 2017. 

2016-2017 promises to be a busy and productive year, as we welcome our largest cohort of international students to beautiful Bowling Green. Drs. Collet and Bang will be on sabbatical for the 2016-17 academic year, with Dr. Collet will spend the fall semester at Oxford University, and Dr. Bang continuing her research in South Korea. Dr. Frey returns from sabbatical in 2015-16, where he was a visiting Associate Professor at Keio University in Tokyo. MACIE also is welcoming two new faculty members in Assessment, Research and Statistics who will be teaching MACIE students this coming year. 

Do you have questions about MACIE? Contact Dr. Christopher Frey, MACIE Program Coordinator, at  macie@bgsu.edu  or +1 (419) 372-9549.