Ph.D. in OLPD
Leadership for Intercultural and International Education cohort

This cohort-based doctorate program option for international educators and those interested in leadership in international/intercultural contexts, is oriented toward working professionals and is specifically designed to meet the needs of leaders working in highly diverse organizational settings. It is possible to remain fully employed while studying for this advanced degree.

Students enrolled in the program spend three weeks on the U of MN-Twin cities campus for three summers (typically late June through mid-July) and complete courses offered online during the fall and spring semesters. Students also complete a 24 credit dissertation. This is often a dissertation thesis, the results of which, provide a contribution to their own organization as well as a related professional field.

Students are leaders and policy-makers working in international education, intercultural training and organizational development in diverse international/intercultural contexts. Our students themselves come from multicultural backgrounds, and bring a breadth of learning experiences to the classroom.


Doctoral students in Comparative and International Development Education gain the capacity to:

  • Articulate and analyze historical and contemporary challenges in education across international and intercultural contexts.
  • Design meaningful, relevant research projects; collect, analyze, and interpret qualitative and quantitative data; and provide clear and actionable insights for policymakers and practitioners.
  • Develop and teach courses in comparative, international, and intercultural education; research methods; and allied fields (e.g., applied linguistics, inclusive education, leadership, and teacher education).
  • Become faculty members in top internationally-oriented academic programs across the nation and globe who apply theory to practice and use practice to build theory in addressing some of our most challenging educational issues and problems.
  • Become leaders in international development, international education, and intercultural education institutions who use their expertise to improve policy, school organization, classroom practices, and formal and informal learning in international and intercultural contexts.


  • Senior international office
  • Head of school (International)
  • Independent consultant
  • Professor of international education
  • Director of study abroad office
  • Director of international student office


  • 72 credits completed in 3-5 years for full time students
  • Curriculum


Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
612-626-9377 |

Christopher Johnstone
Director, LIIE Program
612-626-9377 |