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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

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“At the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE), I took courses in quantitative and qualitative research methods, survey design, and education policy, among others. These courses gave me skills that I have continuously used in my professional work since graduating.”

Audra Wingard, IEPA MA '18

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“Perhaps just as valuable as the courses were the guest speaker sessions that I got the opportunity to attend as part of the program. These sessions focused on topics ranging from philanthropic work, education technology, classroom teaching, and inclusive education to education financing.”

Mansoor Aslam Rathore, IEPA MA '20

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“Stanford’s ICE program distinguishes itself from other programs by its focus on ensuring that its students acquire the quantitative and qualitative skills to engage in high-quality education research in addition to expanding students’ breadth of knowledge on topics in education. ”

Lisa Overbey, ICE Doctoral Candidate

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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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