Frequently Asked Questions


The purpose of this degree is to prepare effective leaders in the internationalization of schools and communities and to be positive facilitators of cross-cultural understanding. The focus of this degree program is to prepare a global educator who is able to:

  • infuse education policy and practices with cross-cultural awareness
  • serve as a leader in internationalizing curriculum
  • foster international educational partnerships.

Since the MACIE program welcomes applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds, experiences, and expertise, there are endless opportunities available for those who seek to increase their marketability by earning a degree in cross-cultural and international education.  MACIE graduates are currently working in a variety of positions in international development, with international organizations and non-profits, school policy reform, international and study abroad education, transitional schools for prospective international students, and acting as school administrators and teachers. The interdisciplinary nature of the MACIE degree allows our students to pursue any of these options, plus many more.

The required core courses serve to enhance research, analytical, and writing skills, as well as those skills developed in the cognate (minor). The combined skills are a foundation of knowledge required to succeed in a multicultural and global environment.  Whether you decide to work in the US or abroad, successfully serving diverse populations requires the cultural sensitivity and awareness that the MACIE program seeks to instill.

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) wishing to be considered for the Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows program will apply to the MACIE academic program and for a graduate assistantship like all other applicants. RPCVs must also submit a copy of their “Description of Service (DOS)” showing that they completed their service in good standing. The DOS can be obtained from your country officer or from the Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC: http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whyvol.eduben.fellows

MACIE Application Questions

If you are seeking a graduate assistantship (or are a Peace Corps Volunteer), applications for the Fall semester must be complete by 15 February in order to receive full consideration for funding. Students wishing to attend part-time or those who are not seeking funding may apply until 1 April for fall admission. Students wishing to join MACIE in the spring semester should have complete applications submitted by 15 November.

Please click on the following link for the application form and further instructions:http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/gradcol/page24959.html

The program is designed to be completed by full-time students in four semesters, or approximately two years. Some students who satisfy all prerequisite needs (including language) and elect to take comprehensive exams instead of completing an MA thesis have finished in three full semesters (1.5 years).

No. Bachelor’s degrees from all disciplines are welcome.  MACIE welcomes applicants from a variety of fields and interests. However, some background and/or experience in an area of education (formal or non-formal) and the social sciences is preferable.

No, it is not necessary to have a teaching certificate in order to enroll in the MACIE program. BGSU is currently developing a graduate teaching program that we hope will be available for MACIE students in Fall 2014.

MACIE welcomes a diverse student body that will enrich the program with a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives.  Therefore, we accept students at all stages of their careers, meaning, students that seek to enroll immediately after completing their undergraduate degree are encouraged to apply, as well as students that have years of work experience within their chosen fields.

A minimum GPA of a 3.0 for undergraduate work is desired.

Although it is not advisable, under certain circumstances it is possible to defer acceptance to the MACIE program for either a semester or year.  Please understand that due to the limited number of graduate assistantships available, we cannot promise that if you choose to defer, an assistantship will be available to you at a later date.

Graduate Assistantship Questions

Yes. The MACIE program has a limited number of competitive Graduate Assistantships available. Interested candidates should complete the Graduate Assistantship Application Form and send it to the MACIE Secretary. A link to that form can be found at our website: http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/edhd/eflp/macie/page55859.html

Yes. All applicants interested in enrolling in the MACIE program on a full-time basis, regardless of country of origin, are eligible to apply for a graduate assistantship.

Students may submit application items when they are available. The first step is to complete an application form for the Graduate College.  Once that office receives that form, they will begin a file for you and add your items as they come in.

No, only full-time students are eligible for graduate assistantships.

There are no minimum criteria to be considered for an assistantship. All students who apply by 15 February and are accepted to MACIE will be given full consideration for funding. Please keep in mind that no graduate assistantships are guaranteed, however. Financial assistance is provided on both a first-come and qualifications basis.  

Program Course of Study

Currently, MACIE has five cognates: 1) Gender Constructs across Cultures, 2) Educational Development and Marginalized Populations, 3) Second Language Acquisition, 4) Public Health, and 5) Public Policy

Yes. In consultation with their academic advisors, students may create an interdisciplinary cognate based on their own research and professional interests. Like other cognates, these courses must come from outside the College of Education and Human Development.

Yes. BGSU now has a 12-credit Certificate in TESOL. Students interested in this cognate should take the Second Language Acquisition Cognate, and then take one additional class for the certificate. For more information on the TESOL Certificate, please visit: http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/english/page123384.html

Yes. In the past, MACIE students have pursued graduate certificates, and second master’s degrees in education and foreign languages. After graduation, several MACIE graduates have enrolled in the Ed.D. in Leadership Studies. For more information about the doctoral program in Leadership Studies, see: http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/edhd/eflp/leadership/

MACIE students generally complete their interenship during the summer after the first year. Students have worked in formal and non-formal school settings in South Africa, Guatemala, China, Chile, Costa Rica, and Vietnam. Domestically, interns have worked with Indigenous students in Alaska, migrant workers in Northwest Ohio, and in a variety of social service and educational agencies in and around Bowling Green.  Although most students have interned within a school setting, several students have also pursued opportunities with non-profit organizations and NGOs. Coverdell Fellows/RPCVs please note: as a condition of your Peace Corps service, your internship must be completed in the United States and its Territories.

Yes. MACIE has a modest amount of funding to supplement the costs of travel and housing for internships.

Presently, only Comparative Education (EDFI 6010) and Research in Education (EDFI 6420) are occasionally available online. Students wishing to take a class online should consult their advisor first.

Yes.  Part-time applicants are welcome.

Yes.  Please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Christopher Frey at macie@bgsu.edu, or call 419-372-9549.

Please direct all other inquiries to the program coordinator, Dr. Christopher Frey, at 419-372-9549 or via email to macie@bgsu.edu. You can also reach our department secretary, Rori Burkett, at 419-372-7377.