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Students and Alumni

The International Comparative Education program draws students from diverse backgrounds. They represent many countries, undergraduate majors, and experiences. ICE students are willing to question conventional beliefs about the role of education in society, and value learning from others with different perspectives.

Master's papers

An integral part of the ICE/IEPA master’s program is the planning, research, and writing of the master’s paper—considered the most demanding, yet rewarding, aspect of the program.

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Graduates of the International Comparative Education program enjoy many options for career paths, including research and program management positions in education research and development organizations as well as private sector jobs.

Sample job placements of ICE/IEPA master’s graduates

To learn more about Stanford EdCareers, the career resources center at the Graduate School of Education, visit the EdCareers website.

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Hear from our alumni

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“When I started at Stanford, I had no research background, no familiarity with statistics, and no experience with data coding. In one year, with the help of my mentors and collogues, I co-wrote a complete quantitative research paper, and was hired at the Rural Education Action Program to assist with data collection, data analysis, and research publications.”

Hannah Johnstone, ICE MA '20

Camille Fabo

“It is a life-changing experience to be surrounded by such a diverse cohort, made of brilliant people who are all moved by their common passion for education and learning. Their experiences and cultural backgrounds brought so much to the table during discussions and debates, and it is both inspiring and enlightening to understand what international policies actually mean.”

Camille Fabo, IEPA MA '22

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“... learning and collaborating with researchers and students passionate about providing equitable learning opportunities to all students motivated me to pursue my goal further. Every scholar I spoke with in the GSE was deeply concerned about one’s contribution to education and believed that learning could improve lives.”

Risako Ninomiya, ICE MA '22

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What you need to know

Admission requirements

To learn more about requirements for admission, please visit the Application Requirements page.

Financing your education

To learn more about the cost of the program and options for financial support, please visit Financing Your Master’s Degree on the admissions website.

Contact admissions

For admissions webinars and to connect with the admission office, see our Connect and Visit page.

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