Application Process

MACIE students stand in the Education building stairway for a group photo, 2019

Thank you for your interest in MACIE, the Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural and International Education.

Please consult the BGSU Graduate Admission requirements to ensure that you meet basic requirements for admission to the university.

Students may apply to the program for the upcoming semester at any time; however, for best consideration for graduate scholarships and GA funding, an applicant should meet the stated deadlines:

  • Fall Term Application Deadline: February 15, to be considered for a graduate assistantship in the following academic year. A student admitted to the Fall Term may defer until the Spring Term with approval of the Program Coordinator.
  • Spring Term Application Deadline: October 21. Students may join the program in the spring, but graduate assistantships are generally not available until the following Fall Term. 
  • Summer: MACIE does not admit students for the Summer Term.    

Please allow enough time for all application materials, required test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation to arrive prior to the appropriate deadlines listed above.

Upload these materials directly to the BGSU Graduate College Application:

To be accepted into the MACIE program, applicants must submit an application to the BGSU Graduate College

  • The Graduate College only accepts online applications: Apply now or return to an existing application
  • This online application form will prompt you to submit the necessary requirements, including submitting any relevant test scores, transcripts, your application essay, resume, letters of recommendation and other suggested forms, such as TOFL/IELTS scores for international applicants and DOS letters for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. 
  • Please consult the BGSU Graduate Admission requirements to ensure that you meet basic requirements for admission to the university.
  • Although the Graduate College at BGSU is waiving the GRE requirement, the MACIE program continues to accept GRE scores as an option if applicants wish to submit them.
  • Alternatively, applicants may substitute an additional writing sample instead of GRE scores.

Additional writing sample

Program applicants should select either Option A or Option B and upload the writing sample as an "Additional Document" directly to the Graduate College Application.

Option A: Academic Paper

Submit an academic paper from prior academic studies. The paper must:

  • Address a topic or issue of relevance to the MACIE program. To learn more about the program’s course of study see the MACIE Program Information page
  • Be written in English 
  • Be at least 5 pages in length (double-spaced, 12-point font)  
Option B: Essay

Provide an essay about a topic that you would like to investigate while enrolled in the MACIE program. This paper must:

  • Address a topic or issue of relevance to the MACIE program. To learn more about the program’s course of study see the MACIE Program Information page
  • Include the following:
    • A clear articulation of the topic or issue (for instance, the influence of poverty on school achievement at the primary school level in a rural area of Tennessee in the United States…) 
    • A description of factors relevant to the topic and related to research (for instance, the effects of food scarcity on children’s ability to concentrate in school, or the effects of high rates of mobility on children’s capacity to form lasting social bonds in school) 
    • A discussion of the significance of this topic or issue  
  • Be written in English 
  • Be at least 3 pages in length (double-spaced, 12-point font)   

Contact the MACIE Program Coordinator, Dr. Margaret Booth ( if you are unsure that your academic paper or essay is appropriate and relevant.

  • Unofficial Transcripts are acceptable for the application, but official transcripts must be sent if you are admitted and attend BGSU
  • Your reasons for wanting to join the MACIE Program;
  • How your background experiences have prepared you for the Program; and
  • Your career goals
  • Reflecting work history, professional and volunteer experience
  • Highlight any educational and/or international experience
  • Each recommendation consists of the 
    • (a) Reference Form (sent to recommender from admissions system), and
    • (b) a brief, 1-page letter of recommendation. Both documents should be submitted together by the recommender. We strongly suggest that at least one recommendation from an academic reference.
  • The admissions system sends your recommenders a link for upload of recommendation documents.
  • International Students are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores, unless English is your first language, or you were educated in English-medium schools. If you are admitted with scores below the Graduate College recommended minimums (TOEFL IBT 80, IELTS 6.5, MELAB 77, PTE 53) or admitted without submitting scores,* you are required to take two English classes within your first two semesters of enrollment. 
  • Check out the Placement Assessment Information page (click the Graduate tab) for more information.

Optional Graduate Assistantship Application: 

The deadline for preferred consideration is February 15 for Fall Term; October 21 for Spring Term.

  • To complete the application for a Graduate Assistantship, please:
    • Check the box for "interested in Graduate Assistantship" on the MACIE application
    • If you submitted a GRE score instead of a writing sample, you may need to submit a short essay (750 words, maximum) about: your research (qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods and/or historical), teaching (informal, K-12, university, adult, etc.) and/or administrative skills; computer software/programs you have used academic and/or professional work; your experience with data collection, data analysis, and/or scholarly research; your ability to conduct research (such as reading, writing, speaking, translating, transcribing) in a language other than English; and how a graduate assistantship would enhance your professional development
  • Graduate assistantship (GA) positions are awarded through each academic department. Many times, the MACIE program places incoming MACIE students in GA positions within the College of Education & Human Development, but sometimes, students apply to other departments and colleges. A list of open GA positions are usually listed on the Graduate Colleges' page, for more information check the Available Graduate Assistantships
  • For Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program Applicants (United States Peace Corps), send a copy of your Description of Service. This is not required for the application, but the DOS must be submitted if you join our program to be considered a Coverdell Fellow.  

Questions about the application process?

Contact the MACIE Program Coordinator, Dr. Margaret Zoller Booth ( or +1 (419) 372-7975.

Updated: 04/24/2023 03:45PM