Frequently Asked Questions

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.


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. 

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows

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 Questions

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.


MACIE admits students 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 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 Questions

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. The first step is to complete an application form for the Graduate College.  Once the Graduate College receives your application, they will create a file for your materials as they arrive.  

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. 

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 their webpage

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, please visit their website

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 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, Dr. Margaret Booth at or +1 (419) 372-7975.

Please direct all other inquiries to the MACIE Program Coordinator, Dr. Margaret Booth, at or +1 (419) 372-7975.