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International Comparative Education (ICE) / International Education Policy Analysis (IEPA)

Program Requirements

Students must complete at least 48 units at Stanford to receive a Master's degree in ICE or IEPA. The following constraints are placed on those 48 units:

  • All courses must be at or above the 100 level – courses numbered below 100 do not count toward the MA degree.
  • At least 24 units must be at or above the 200 level (EDUC 180 or 190 count toward this requirement).
  • At least 27 units must be from courses offered by the Graduate School of Education (EDUC units).
  • At least 16 units must be taken for a letter grade (as opposed to Credit/No Credit).
  • A 3.0 GPA must be maintained for all courses applied to the master's degree.
  • Students must enroll in a minimum of 8 units during Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters, and cannot exceed 18 units in any quarter.
  • ICE/IEPA students must choose one of the following unit plans. Combinations, alterations, or exceptions to these unit plans are not allowable.
    • Enroll in at least 11 units Autumn and Winter quarter, at least 8 units Spring quarter and exactly 6 units in Summer quarter OR
    • Enroll in at least 11 units Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarter and exactly 3 units in Summer quarter
    Note: Students must enroll in at least 6 units during all quarters (including Summer) in which they wish to maintain eligibility to receive financial aid (such as loans).
  • English for Foreign Students (EFSLANG 600 level) and Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (ATHLETIC) courses cannot be applied towards the master's degree.
  • All courses taken outside the GSE must be approved by the Program Director.
  • See the "Coterminal Degree” section for unit requirements applying to students admitted through the coterminal degree program.

Required Courses

Note: All course information is subject to change. Please consult ExploreCourses and Axess for final course offerings.

Students in the program are required to take the EDUC 206 series in order to complete their MA paper requirement. By enrolling in EDUC 206A,B,C and D, students are advised through the entire process of developing their projects up to completion of their papers at the end of Summer Quarter.

Additional Requirements for IEPA

Choose one of the following (students are encouraged to enroll in both):

306 Series

Enroll in two (students are encouraged to enroll in all three): 

Research Methods

Choose one from the following:

Students are encouraged to take both EDUC 200A & EDUC 200B. EDUC 200B is required of students who plan to use qualitative methods for their master's papers. In Autumn quarter, ICE/IEPA students have third enrollment priority for EDUC 200B. In Winter quarter, ICE/IEPA students have first enrollment priority in EDUC 200B. 

All students who plan to collect their own data for their MA papers are required to enroll in EDUC 206B for 3 units and take no more than three additional courses that quarter. In Spring quarter, they must enroll in a Directed Reading or Directed Research with their advisor, which will count as one of their main courses.

For those who plan to conduct quantitative data analyses, in addition to (or in place of) EDUC 200A, students have the option of enrolling in the following courses: EDUC 400A, 430A, 430B, ECON 102B, or an equivalent with approval from the program director. Students often take more than one of these courses and are highly encouraged to take a mini course in methodology (e.g., SPSS and/or Stata). 

Students who plan to collect their own quantitative data using survey methods (interviews, questionnaires) for their MA papers are required to take EDUC 399A: Designing Surveys.

English for Foreign Students

Non-fluent speakers of English are strongly encouraged to take one of the following writing courses:

Additional ICE-Related Courses Offered in the GSE in 2017-2018 (Recommended)

Project: MA Paper (Due Friday, August 3, 2018)

In order to make satisfactory academic progress in the ICE/IEPA program, students must have their MA paper proposals approved by the start of Spring quarter. Failure to do so means that the student is not making satisfactory progress and will trigger an academic review.