Application Process

COVID- 19 Update

Due to COVID-19, BGSU is temporarily waiving the GRE and GMAT requirements for all applicants to the MACIE program through fall 2021 (please see the alternative option for this on the MACIE Application Process page).
Graduate application fees for new domestic applicants to MACIE for the fall semester are also being waived through fall 2021.
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: November 15. 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.

1. 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.
  • GRE scores are waived if the applicant submits an additional writing sample and participates in a program interview (see below for more information).

During the application process, upload the additional writing sample as an "Additional Document" to your Graduate College Application. After you submit your application to the Graduate Admissions, you will be contacted by a MACIE faculty member to schedule your program interview.

Step 1: Additional writing sample

Program applicants should select either Option A or Option B, then upload your writing sample directly to your BGSU Graduate College Application.

  • Contact the program Coordinator, Dr. Booth, if you are unsure that your academic paper or essay is appropriate and relevant.
Option A: Academic Paper

Submit an academic paper from your undergraduate 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 7 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) 

Step 2: Applicant Interview  

All applicants to the MACIE program who choose to submit an academic paper or essay instead of taking the Graduate Record Exam must also participate in an interview with a MACIE faculty member.

  • Once you submit your complete application to the Graduate College, a MACIE faculty member will contact you to organize an interview (the recommended application deadline is February 15th for the Fall term, and is November 15th for the Spring term).
Description: The interview may be done in person, or through Skype, Zoom or a similar telecommunications application. The interview will consist of the following items:
  • The applicant’s background, and why they have chosen the MACIE program 
  • The applicant’s purposes and goals for graduate study 
  • Why the applicant believes they are a good fit for the program 
  • Specific questions the interviewer has regarding the applicant’s submitted academic paper or essay  

Questions about the application process?

Contact the MACIE Program Coordinator, Dr. Margaret Booth (

  • 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, and 
    • (b) a brief, 1-page letter of recommendation. Both documents should be submitted together, either by the recommender, or the student. We strongly suggest that at least one recommendation from an academic reference and one that is related to your professional work. Recommendation Form can be found here
  •  Please be sure that your letter writers upload this form directly to the BGSU Graduate College.
  • 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.

2. Optional Graduate Assistantship Application: 

Email these materials directly to Dr. Booth, the MACIE Program Coordinator or mail to the address specified in the application. The deadline for preferred consideration is February 15 for Fall Term; November 15 for Spring Term.

  • Graduate Assistantship Application (please complete this if you are seeking any financial support from the MACIE Program, including RPCVs). To complete this application, please include:
    • The application form
    • A writing sample, academic (preferred) or professional
    • 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. 

Email these materials directly to the MACIE program coordinator: Dr. Margaret Booth.

Questions about the application process?

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

Helpful hint: When you request transcripts, test scores, and other materials for your MACIE application, order an extra copy or two for your personal files, especially if the documents come from outside the United States.