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Earn Your Doctorate

The Ph.D. in Leadership for Intercultural and International Education (LIIE) from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a competitive, cohort-based program designed to support the next generation of international education leaders.

The LIIE program allows students to earn a critical, research-based doctoral degree from one of the top CIDE programs in the country while maintaining full-time employment. Students spend three weeks taking courses together on campus, and complete coursework online during the academic year.

Who Enrolls?

Participants have been professionals in:

  • international and I.B. schools,
  • colleges and universities (particularly Study Abroad and International Students offices)
  • language institutions
  • government and educational ministries
  • research/policy institutes
  • international development organizations

The majority of participants maintain full-time employment while studying for their degree.


Past program curricula have included courses in the following:

  • Internationalization of Education
  • Cross-cultural perspectives on leadership
  • Comparative Education
  • Critical Issues in Education
  • Program Evaluation
  • Inquiry Strategies in Educational and Organizational Research
  • Advanced Seminar in Intercultural Communication
  • Advanced Organization Development
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Case Studies for Policy Research
  • Participatory Action Research Methods
  • Culturally Responsive Leadership


The University of Minnesota recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its students and in supporting its academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining students with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota and the LIIE program faculty actively seek diverse representation of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in this program.

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Schedule: next cohort (2023-25)

  • November 1, 2022: application due
  • Summer 2023: full-time study on campus (3-week residency)
  • Fall & Spring 2023: coursework online, part time
  • Summer 2024: full-time study on campus (3-week residency)
  • Fall & Spring 2024: coursework online, part time
  • Summer 2025: full-time study on campus (3-4 week residency)
  • Fall & Spring 2025: dissertation work (depending on student progress)