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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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ICE Students

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

Vehbi Tandogan

“While I entered the ICE MA program anticipating that I would primarily be a qualitative researcher, the program allowed me to explore research methods with which I was unfamiliar. With the support of my professors in my qualitative and quantitative research courses, I was able to become both a more competent producer of research, but also a more informed and analytical consumer of it.”

Vehbi Tandogan, ICE MA '21

Shizza Fatima

“Through rigorous coursework in qualitative and quantitative research methods, theoretical topics in education, and practical skills in education planning, policy, and pedagogical methods, I explored several key themes in international education and gained deeper insights in understanding education and its roles in society from a critical perspective.”

Shizza Fatima, IEPA MA '21

Ana Beatriz Pereira Montosa

“The innovative and interdisciplinary ecosystem at Stanford coupled with the research-oriented background of the Graduate School of Education provided me both the policy development hands-on experience and the education policy theories that I need to influence entire education systems’ beliefs.”

Ana Beatriz Pereira Montosa, IEPA MA '21

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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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