MA in Education

The Master of Arts in Education program is academically unique. Students will be equipped with a comprehensive educational and scientific foundation, including philosophical, theoretical, sociological, religious and methodological foundations.

The Master of Arts in Education Study Program is designed to meet the needs of graduates from master’s level who have mastery and competence in the field of education holistically with comparative insight into the philosophy and the praxis of Western, Islamic and Indonesian education. This program is open to applicants from various nationalities and religious backgrounds.
The philosophical foundation is provided through a comparative educational philosophy that includes Western, Islamic and Indonesian philosophies. The theoretical foundation is provided through the concept of psychology in the context of education, curriculum development and pedagogy, learning assessment, educational evaluation, educational leadership and management, and policy analysis, including the concepts of child development, learning theory, and learning principles and strategies. The sociological foundation is provided through a conceptual and practical study of the relationship between education and society. The religious foundation is given through a conceptual and experimental study of the relationship between religion and education. Meanwhile, the methodological basis is provided through scientific research methodology in the field of education, both quantitative and qualitative approaches, and data analysis.

Tati D Wardi, PhD

Head of MA Study Program

Career Path

The graduates of the MA in Education program of the Faculty of Education at the IIIU are intended to work and advance their careers as, but not limited to, academics, education practitioners, education program and curriculum designers, education researchers, education government officials, education managers and supervisors, education assessment specialists, education program evaluators, education policy analysts, and education consultants at national and international institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Master of Arts in Education graduates must have solid philosophical, theoretical and methodological foundations to become researchers, thinkers, designers and education consultants. This should be demonstrated by having the abilities to:

Demonstrate solid knowledge

about Islamic education philosophy and comparative philosophy of education, including the knowledge and expertise in one of the concentrations: (1) Curriculum, Teaching and Learning; (2) Educational Assessment and Evaluation; (3) Educational Policy, Management and Leadership; (4) Education and Society;

Conduct research projects

using a range of research methods (qualitative and quantitative) and related approaches to produce research that contributes to the body and advancement of knowledge in the field of education;

Show a proficient ability to communicate research through various formats

Show a proficient ability to communicate research through various formats
—oral, written and new media (social media platforms)—to international audiences in academic forums and public audiences;


an educational program or policy at all levels of education;

Professional Attitudes

Show professional attitudes appropriate for future career plans

Curriculum Structure

The curriculum of the IIIU’s Master of Arts in Education program consists of foundation, concentration, and elective courses. Foundation courses are subjects that are required for all MA in Education students. Concentration core courses are subjects to be taken by MA in Education students in their respective concentrations. As well, students are free to choose from elective courses to enrich and strengthen their knowledge and skills. Students can take elective courses offered in the Faculty of Education. There is an open possibility for Faculty of Education students who wish to take elective courses in other faculties in IIIU.

The IIIU academic calendar follows a semester system consisting of odd and even semesters for each academic year. All course sessions and thesis writing are conducted in English. The MA in Education program is a two-year course (four semesters).

Concentration Courses(6 credits)

IIIU’s Master of Arts in Education program offers four areas of concentration to choose from. Students must take at least two of the following compulsory concentration courses:

A. Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
1. Human Development
2. Learning Design and Technologies

B. Educational Assessment and Evaluation
1. Educational Evaluation
2. Educational Assessment

C. Educational Policy, Management and Leadership
1. Educational Policy Analysis
2. Educational Management and Leadership

D. Education and Society
1. Equity and Education
2. Education and Society

Foundation Courses(21 credits)

All students in the Master of Arts in Education program are required to take the following foundation courses:
1. Comparative Philosophy of Education
2. Psychology in Education
3. Education and Society
4. Educational Research Methodology
5. Statistical Analysis
6. Islamic Education
7. Islam Wasathiyah (mandatory course offered at the Faculty of Islamic Studies)

Independent Study(3 credits)

Master of Arts in Education students must take independent studies according to their topics of interest, with thesis research and writing as a final goal. Independent study is a separate learning process under the guidance of an academic supervisor to produce a literature review related to the
chosen topic.

Elective Courses(6 credits)

Master of Arts in Education students must take two elective courses of their choice.
There are four elective courses from which students can choose; each has 3 credits:
1. Learning Design and Technologies
2. Educational Management and Leadership
3. Equity and Education
4. Educational Assessment

Thesis(6 credits)

Students who have completed all required courses are set to conduct research and write a thesis on a topic based on their concentration as a final requirement to obtain a Master of Arts in Education degree. The research process and thesis writing will be guided by a thesis supervisor appointed by the Faculty of Education.