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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

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

Tracy Luan

“The IEPA program was my compass in navigating the complex and often turbulent waters of global education policy. Guided by remarkable professors, the program was an incubator for my ideas, challenging me to examine educational paradigms across varied cultural and socio-economic landscapes. It taught me to appreciate the subtleties of policy impacts in contexts vastly different from my own, weaving together a fabric of insight that spanned continents and classrooms.”

Tracy Luan, IEPA MA '23

Jacob Ramirez

“I learned how to conduct detail rich and unbiased qualitative interviews, how to develop engaging curricular experiences for nontraditional students, how to facilitate knowledge transfer through hands-on learning with both traditional and cutting edge fabrication techniques, and more importantly, how to actually use all of this knowledge to make an impact.”

Jacob Ramirez, IEPA MA '23

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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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