Program Information

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.

Candidates must complete a minimum of 30-33 semester hours of graduate coursework:

  • Core Educational Component (12 credit hours total)
  • Interdisciplinary Component (9 credit hours total)
  • Research and Inquiry Component (6 credit hours total)
  • Cross-Cultural, International Internship (3 credit hours total)
  • Master's Capstone Component: choose either Plan I or Plan II (0-3 credit hours total)
    • Plan I: 33 minimal hour program culminating in a Master's thesis
    • Plan II: 30 minimal hour program culminating in a comprehensive examination OR a final applied project

Please go to the Office of the Bursar page, Graduate students - Calculate your cost of attendance for information about the cost of graduate courses at BGSU. Check the General MACIE Questions in the FAQ tab for more information. 

  • An interdisciplinary introduction to the concept of culture and its relation to education; cross-cultural and international education; globalization; text and language; immigration and displacement; human possibility, subjectivity and identity.
  • Comparative study and critique of the role of education in national and global development. Emphasis on the interrelationship between cultural, economic, and political factors and the roles of education in selected developed and developing nations.
  • Study of theories of human development and perspectives on learning from a cross-cultural approach. Special emphasis placed on the contextual nature of human development and its relation to sociocultural contexts.
  • Critical examination of the historical, cultural, economic, social and political forces shaping education policy from an international and global perspective.
  • All students must complete a minor, or "cognate" of a minimum of nine graduate credit hours.
  • The cognate consists of courses from the College of Arts and Sciences or other Colleges across campus that focus on topics related to a particular international or cross-cultural theme:

Student Designed Cognate:

In the event that a student has a particular professional interest in an area that logically combines nine hours of courses in the College of Arts and Sciences or other colleges across campus for another international thematic strand, that student, under the guidance and approval of the advisor, may create his/her own cognate.  

Optionally, students may pursue a Graduate Certificate to fulfill their cognate credit hours. Possibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Note: Most Graduate Certificates have additional requirements that go above and beyond what the MACIE program requires, so consider these factors when choosing your cognate.

TESOL Graduate Certificate:

BGSU offers a 12-credit TESOL Certificate, which MACIE students can earn by taking one additional TESOL class. For more information, see the TESOL Certificate Program page. 

Women's Studies Graduate Certificate:

BGSU  offers a 16-credit Women's Studies Certificate, which MACIE students can earn by taking two additional courses and doing a capstone project or thesis that relates to women's studies. For more information, see the Women's Studies Graduate Certificate page.

Ethnic Studies Graduate Certificate:

BGSU  offers a 15-credit Ethnic Studies Certificate, which MACIE students can earn by taking two additional courses in ethnic studies or a related field. For more information, see the Ethnic Studies Graduate Certificate page. 

Education Certificate Cognates:

New to the program! Students may now elect particular cognate pathways within the College of Education and Human Development resulting in the completion of a graduate-level certificate program in a particular area such as special education or assistive technology. Please contact Dr. Bruce Collet, MACIE Program Coordinator, for more information.

A Note on Course Selection:

Because  most cognates take students outside of the College of Education & Human Development, course changes are out of the control of MACIE faculty. Students should check the course listings on-line for the most up to date list of course names and schedules. Some departments utilize the same course number (e.g. 6800) for several different topics. Some courses are offered once per semester, per year, or on demand.  Check with department for planned offering.

 
  • The cognate consists of courses from the College of Arts and Sciences or other Colleges across campus that focus on topics related to a particular international or cross-cultural theme:
  • Students take at least nine (9) credit hours in ONE of the following interdisciplinary cognates:

Gender Constructs across Cultures

HIST/WS 6140: Gender and the State in Modern Europe
ETHN 6400: Women and Globalization
ETHN 6500: Sexuality, Race, and Nation
ECON 5400: Women, the Economy, and Society
SOC 5500: Gender in Families
SOC 6530: Social Psychology of the Intimate Dyad
WS 6200: Feminist Theory
WS 6800: Global Feminism
WS 7700: Seminar in Women’s Culture
WS 7800: Women of Color and Feminism

BGSU  offers a 16-credit Women's Studies Certificate, which MACIE students can earn by taking two additional courses and doing a capstone project or thesis that relates to women's studies. For more information, see the Women's Studies Graduate Certificate page.

Educational Development and Marginalized Populations

ETHN 6200: Theories of Race Relations, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism
ETHN 6400: Women and Globalization
FCS 5860: Understanding Latino Families
POLS 5600: Politics and Issues of World Development
POLS 5730: International Law
POLS 5750: International Organization
POLS 5760: Politics of International Economic Relations
POLS 5790: Conflict Resolution
POLS 5800: Special Topics (Human Rights)
POLS 6440/6450: Environmental Policy; Env’t Management
POLS 6510: Seminar in Comparative Government
POLS 6710: Seminar in International Relations
PUBH 5030: Issues in Global Health
SOC 6210: Population & Society
SOC 6540: Family Theory and Resolution
SOC 7230: Population and Third World Development
SOC 7260: Migration
SOC 7380: Race and Ethnic Relations
HIST 5030 (4030): Contemporary Africa
HIST 5040 (4040): Africa and World Politics
History courses with a focus on marginalized populations
WS 6800: Global Feminism

BGSU  offers a 15-credit Ethnic Studies Certificate, which MACIE students can earn by taking two additional courses in ethnic studies or a related field. For more information, see the Ethnic Studies Graduate Certificate page. 

Second Language Acquisition

ENG 6100: Theories in TESL
ENG 6150: Modern English Linguistics
ENG 6160: Language Variation
ENG 6120: Methods in TESL
ENG 5170: Applied Syntax
ENG 5180: Applied Phonology
SPAN 6800: Second Language Acquisition (taught in English and Spanish)
SPAN 6800: Seminar in Spanish Linguistics
Sociolinguistics/Psycholinguistics Options (e.g.: FREN 5300, GERM 5200, SPAN 6550, or other socio- or psycholinguistic course)

BGSU offers a 12-credit TESOL Certificate, which MACIE students can earn by taking one additional TESOL class. For more information, see the TESOL Certificate Program page. 

Public Policy

HIST 6120: Introduction to Policy History
HIST 6140: Gender and the State in Modern Europe
POLS 5540: Politics of Commonwealth of Independent States
POLS 5730: International Law
POLS 5750: International Organization
POLS 5760: Politics of International Economic Relations
POLS 5780: International Conflict
POLS 5790: Conflict Resolution
POLS 6120: Public Administration Ethics (US focus)
POLS 6200: Public Administration and Public Policy (US focus)
POLS 6230: Public Policy Analysis/Program Evaluation
POLS 6710: Seminar in International Relations
SOC 7230: Population and Third World Development

Course Selection:

Because cognates take students outside of the College of Education & Human Development, course changes are out of the control of MACIE faculty. Students should check the course listings on-line for the most up to date list of course names and schedules. Some departments utilize the same course number (e.g. 6800) for several different topics. Some courses are offered once per semester, per year, or on demand.  Check with department for planned offering.

  • Identification and evaluation of research problems, research designs, use of library resources, data gathering, and writing research reports.
  • Statistics as a tool in education and research, descriptive statistics, transformation of scores, sampling and probability, linear correlation and regression, introduction to statistical inference, basic tests of significance, and effect size.
  • Examines the history and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research in education. Students will review a variety of qualitative studies and apply fundamental methods of data collection and analysis in conducting a small qualitative case study.
  • Students will spend a minimum of 120 contact hours at the field site and and enroll in a minimum of 3 credit hours for EDFI 6890.
  • All students must complete a supervised internship (and EDFI 6890 course) in a setting which provides a unique opportunity for the individual to learn and participate in a professional environment different from the participant’s own cultural perspective. This internship can be in an international setting or in an under-served cultural population within the United States. 
    • (As part of Goal #3, Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows must complete their internship in the United States or its Territories.) 
    • In this course, students apply academic learning to the practice of educational development. The academic portion of this class consists of reflection and synthesis of the internship and academic courses in structured, online discussions. For students completing Option I (thesis), this internship may also serve as the location and preparation for the thesis research. 
  • Check out the selected MACIE internship sites, in the MACIE Internships Page.

Students can complete this requirement in one of three ways:

  • Students can enter the program with a prerequisite of at least two semesters of a foreign language (undergraduate or graduate).
  • Students may demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through an exam process. (Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows demonstrate proficiency by submitting their Description of Service showing training in a foreign language related to their PC service.)
  • Students may take 4-6 credit hours of a foreign language. (Possibilities include at least 6 credits of an undergraduate foreign language or 4 credits in a graduate level intensive language course.)
  • Students who select to complete Plan I will conduct a student led major research project
  • This is the most common and traditional capstone experience (for a list of theses that have been completed by past MACIE students see the MACIE Thesis page)
  • A minimum of three (3) thesis credit hours is required. Enrollment hours may exceed three (3) credits but no more than 3 hours are creditable toward degree
  • It is expected that MACIE students will work with a Thesis Committee Chair, at least one additional MACIE faculty member, and at least one faculty member from outside the MACIE program, as part of their MA Thesis Committee
  • Check the BGSU Thesis/Dissertation Handbook for more detailed requirements and information
  • Students selecting Plan II who choose to take the comprehensive examination, will do so at the end of their final semester in the program
  • Students must be enrolled in at least one (1) credit hour at the University when taking the comprehensive exam.
  • Students selecting Plan II who choose to complete an Applied Project will create and develop a finished product (described in more detail below), write an accompanying research-based academic paper and give a final presentation upon completion

Applied Project Description

Applied Project:

The applied project is a completely developed project that helps the student develop skills, knowledge and materials relevant to the student’s work/career/post-graduate goals. The applied project is not a project proposal. Applied projects may be conducted with a community partner, university partner, NGO, or other organization, or may be an individual project. Suggested topics may include developing/leading one of the following:

  • Curriculum Proposal/Project (for example, a proposed curriculum for a charter school focused on environmental education, second language acquisition)
  • Grant application (completion of a grant proposal, with faculty approval)
  • Summer Youth Program
  • Professional Development Project for Teachers
  • Development of a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Program Evaluation
  • Film/Extended Video
  • Study Abroad/Experiential Education Trip/Project
  • On-Campus Program/Project
  • Another professionally relevant project with a focus on cross-cultural and international education, as approved by the Applied Project Team

Project Paper:

All projects will include a research-based academic paper that includes an introduction, justification for the project, and a literature review. The total length of the Project Paper is at the discretion of the student’s Project Committee Chair.

Project Presentation:

Students will provide a final presentation of their project to members of their project faculty team (see below), and to any member of the university or wider community interested in attending.

The Applied Project Team:

It is expected that MACIE Project students will work with a Project Committee Chair, one additional MACIE faculty member, and one faculty member from outside the MACIE program throughout all phases of the project as articulated above.

General

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.

The MACIE program welcomes applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds, experiences, and expertise, so there are endless opportunities available for those who seek to increase their professional opportunities by earning a degree in our program.  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 enhance your research, analytical, and writing skills, as well as those skills developed in the cognate (minor). These combined skills are a foundation of knowledge for success in a cross-cultural and international environment.  Whether you work in the US or abroad, successfully serving diverse populations requires the cultural sensitivity, critical knowledge, and attention to context that the MACIE program seeks to instill.

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is located in the lovely and affordable college town of Bowling Green, Ohio. BGSU enrolls approximately 18,000 students on its campus, and the city is home to about 30,000 people from all over the US and world. BGSU enrolls outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, and was recognized in 2014 as one of the Top 100 Public Universities in the country by US News and World Report. In addition to its excellent tradition of teacher education, BGSU has strong programs in American Culture Studies, Popular Culture, English, Music, Higher Education, and many others. 

Bowling Green is a very affordable community, and you will find that average rents that are far lower than larger university towns and big cities. Bowling Green City Schools are rated "Excellent" by the Ohio Department of Education. BG is a center for learning, culture, sports and entertainment for the Northwest Ohio Region. Bowling Green has many activities for families with children, bars and restaurants for socializing, and BGSU and the community host many activities and events throughout each year. 

BGSU is located about 15 miles from Toledo, Ohio, where regular train and bus service connects to Chicago, Cleveland, and other major cities. Bowling Green is about one hour south of Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan, and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport connects to cities around the world. Bowling Green has four distinct seasons, with pleasant summers, colorful autumns, cold, often snowy winters, and flowery springs. In fact, our region was recognized by The Weather Channel for having the Best Winter of 2013-2014! That little joke aside, Bowling Green and Bowling Green State University are great places for your graduate study. 

Please go to the Office of the Bursar page, Graduate students - Calculate your cost of attendance for information about the cost of graduate courses at BGSU. The MACIE program is held on the Main BGSU campus. MACIE students general take between 9-12 credits as full-time students and 4-8 credits as part-time students. All BGSU students need to provide proof of insurance, see the Student Insurance Office page, Student Insurance Program for more information about requirements for domestic and international student health insurance.

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who are admitted to MACIE become Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows after we receive your Description of Service (DOS). There is no additional application, nor special assistantships for Coverdell Fellows. Admitted RPCVs are awarded Graduate Assistantships like all other MACIE students.

Between the time RPCVs are admitted and begin the program, they should submit their DOS (Description of Service) Document to become Coverdell Fellows. The DOS can be obtained from your country officer or from the Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC.

MACIE Application

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.  

Students wishing to attend part-time or those who are not seeking funding may apply until July 1 for fall admission. Students wishing to join MACIE in the spring semester should have complete applications submitted by November 15.

 Please consult the BGSU Graduate Admission requirements to ensure that you meet basic requirements for admission to the university. Please consult the MACIE Application Process page for full details.

The program takes between three to four semesters to complete for full-time students. Those who write a thesis usually take four semesters plus one summer, or about two years. Students completing the program by the comprehensive examination can complete the program in three semesters, or about 18 months.

Students may transfer up to nine relevant graduate hours from another university, with approval from the Program Coordinator and Graduate College. In that case, it may be possible to complete the program with comprehensive examinations in one calendar year.

MACIE welcomes part-time students as well, particularly teachers and other education professionals from the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan regions.  

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.

As of Fall 2014, BGSU has a new M.Ed. in Teacher Education that allows students to become certified in mathematics, science, and world language education. Students in the MACIE program may count some of their classes toward this second, separate master's degree. For more information about the M.Ed. in Teacher Education, please visit their website.

udents with a wide variety of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives. We generally seek applicants with at least one year of immersive experience living, working or studying in another culture or country. 

Yes, a student may defer enrollment, one time, for up to a year without reapplying. 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

Yes. The MACIE program has a limited number of competitive Graduate Assistantships available. These assistantships range from Research Assistantships with MACIE faculty; Teaching Assistantships in courses in the College of Education and Human Development, and Administrative Assistantships in various office around BGSU. In order to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship, applicants must complete the Graduate Assistantship Application, found at the bottom of the Application page. 

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, however, it is important to note that applicants must submit and upload their general application to BGSU to the Graduate Admissions in the Online Application.

Usually the first step is to complete an application form for the Graduate College.  

  • Once you create an account with the Graduate College and start working on your application, your materials will be placed in a file as they arrive. 
  • If you choose to waive the GRE requirement, you should also contact Dr. Collet, the MACIE Program Coordinator to schedule your program interview after you have submitted your Graduate College Application.

Additionally, you can send your Graduate Assistantship application form and other materials to Dr. Collet, the MACIE Program Coordinator.  

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. Please pay attention to the dates listed for the positions to be filled, as well as the deadline for applying. (Note, do not apply to a position until you have been accepted to the MACIE program.)

Only full-time students are eligible for graduate assistantships, but part-time students may be awarded partial tuition scholarships as available. 

There are no minimum criteria to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship. All students who apply by 15 February and are accepted to MACIE will be given full consideration for a GA position, which includes a modest stipend and partial to full tuition scholarship. 

MACIE Program

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.

Additionally, MACIE students may choose to pursue a graduate certificate in a relevant subject from outside the College of Education and Human Development for their cognate, some examples are:

And with approval from within the College of Education and Human Development:
 

Keep in mind, however, that most of these Graduate Certificate programs have additional requirements that must be met, so consider these factors when choosing your cognate.

Yes. In consultation with their academic advisors, students may create an interdisciplinary cognate based on their own research and professional interests. 

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, TESOL Certificate Program page.

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 at BGSU. For more information about the doctoral program in Leadership Studies, visit the Leadership Studies page.

The MACIE Internship Program is designed to allow you to complete an intensive professional experience in a setting that is cross-cultural to you. We encourage students to seek out internships that will further their professional goals, whether at a school, a social service agency, NGO, or other non-profit. The internship usually is completed during the summer after the first year.

Internationally, MACIE students have worked in formal schools, informal education agencies and universities in South Africa, Guatemala, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan.

Domestically, MACIEs have interned at the American Cultural Exchange Service, Catholic Charities, First Peoples Worldwide, World Learning, and on experiential education trips to the Navajo Nation; local schools and agencies including the Ohio Migrant Education Center, Global Connections, the World Affairs Council of NW Ohio, and the Great Lakes Consortium, to name a few.  

Please visit the MACIE Internship page for more information.

Please Note: Coverdell Fellows' internships must be in the United States or its Territories as part of the Peace Corps' Third Goal.

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

There are occasionally courses available online, including Statistics in Education, some TESOL Certificate and other cognate courses. However, core courses are generally only available on campus. 

Yes.  Part-time applicants are welcome. Our core and research courses are always taught in the evening, allowing working professionals to take courses after work, and some cognate courses are available online. We welcome applications from professional educators, administrators, and others in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan regions. 

Yes. The Program Coordinator will be happy to speak with you by phone, exchange emails, or participate in video conversations with applicants from the US and abroad.

In addition, we regularly host prospective students on campus, and coordinate meetings with faculty and students in the program.

If you would like to speak with students and faculty, or visit Bowling Green State University and the MACIE Program, please contact the Program Coordinator, email Dr. Bruce Collet or call +1 (419) 372-7354.

Please direct all other inquiries to the MACIE Program Coordinator, email Dr. Bruce Collet or call +1 (419) 372-7354.