​​​​​​​​​​Master of Arts in Education for International Students

Entering into a new culture can be intimidating and overwhelming, but at the University of Findlay, we strive to make our campus feel like a second home. The Master of Arts in Education (MAE) at the University of Findlay is built around ‘Educational Leadership’. Faculty members in the College of Education will help you customize your MAE degree to meet your professional career goals and academic interests. Findlay’s faculty of experienced teachers, educational administrators and human resource development professionals care about you and your future success. 

Findlay's MAE program:

  • Majority of courses are offered in person​
  • Can be completed in as few as 18 months
  • Arranges a designated international student advisor to help students plan their program of study, register for classes and offer support through the​ degree program
  • Encourages students to share their home culture in the classroom
  • Teaches course content in a culturally relevant manner that can be applied to other countries
  • The MAE may be completed entirely online from a student's home country

Areas of Study

International students looking to study on Findlay's campus can focus their studies in Educational Leadership by pursuing a strand in human resource development (HRD) or choose a specialization from Findlay's graduate course offerings.

Human Resource Development (HRD)

The HRD focus is designed to meet the growing demand for qualified training and development professionals by providing graduates with the knowledge base, skills, training and practical experience necessary for leadership roles in adult and continuing education.

Students earning a Master of Arts in Education in Human Resource Development must complete:
  • Graduate Education Core (five courses focused on Educational Leadership)

  • Human Re​source Development Strand (three courses)

  • Complete three courses from one of the following areas:

    Leadership- Increase your knowledge of effective leadership through interactions and strategy implementation.  
    Training and Development - For current and aspiring Human Resources professionals looking to gain a new perspective on management and organizational techniques.   

Choose your own focu​s

If you are interested in a career outside of human resources, you can choose to pursue a generalist degree. The generalist MAE program was made to be tailored to your personal and professional goals by allowing our students to choose the classes that are right for them.  This path consists of five education courses that focus on Educational Leadership along with an additional six graduate education courses that you and your academic advisor will select based on your career goals. This means that you get to choose classes that are offered at Findlay that match your individual interests to tailor your degree to your needs.

Students earning a Master of Arts in Education must complete:

  • Graduate Education Core (five courses focused on Educational Leadership)
  • 18 credit hours of graduate-level courses 


Admission Requirements

  • Original and official credentials showing completion and awarding of an undergraduate degree OR work completed through at least the 7th term 
  • Have a minimum score of at least 79 on a verified TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) with 20 or better in speaking and 20 or better in writing or a verified International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 6.5​​​
  • GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale with a 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergrad coursework or higher 
  • Three letters of recommendation if GPA is between 2.5 - 2.75 

If your TEOFL or IELTS scores do not meet these requirements, consider registering for Findlay’s Intensive English Language Program (IELP), offered on campus or online. This program is designed to improve your English language. 


“As an international and graduate student, my time at the University of Findlay has been extraordinary and breathtaking. The atmosphere is pleasant and conducive for learning. The staff members are very dedicated and ready to help. Learning experiences at Findlay are very active and accommodating. The assignments are marked in time with constructive remarks for areas that need improvement and compliments for tasks well done. Also, the courses offer flexibility and with the set deadlines, I am able to effectively balance my personal life with my studies." -Noorah Albadran, Findlay MAE Student

Learn More

For more information about life as an international student at the University of Findlay, please visit our international admissions page. 

For more information about the MAE program, contact Chris Moser Ed.D. at [email protected] or 419-434-5320.