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M.Ed Higher Education Leadership (Online)


The Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership degree features a 36-hour program of study designed to prepare professionals for leadership roles in post-secondary educational settings, including four-year colleges and universities, community and technical colleges, and related educational organizations. The program provides a broad preparation in higher education leadership, including specialized coursework in higher education organization and governance, student affairs, finance, and strategic planning.


Requirements for Admission

Admission to the program is not based on any single factor, but on a composite assessment of the following:

  • Graduate Application (online) and non-refundable application fee.
  • Submission of an official transcript directly from each regionally accredited college or university from which a degree has been conferred. Applicants are expected to have a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average.
  • Successful completion of either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). See Academic Catalog for details.
  • Submission of a detailed personal statement (1,500 – 3000 words) which informs the faculty about:
    • the applicant’s personal and educational background
    • strengths and weaknesses
    • understanding of and motivation and suitability for entering into the higher education profession
    • long-term professional goals

Program Requirements

Students in the Higher Education Leadership Program complete nine common core courses, two electives, and one field based experience for a total of 36 credit hours.

Common Core Courses
EDUC 537 Student Development Services in Higher Education
EDUC 539 Higher Education Administration
EDUC 613 Foundations of American Higher Education
EDUC 622 Critical Multicultural Issues in Higher Education
EDUC 624 Basic Counseling Skills
EDUC 550 Career Counseling and Development
EDUC 551 Counseling Theories and Practice
EDUC 562 Legal & Ethical Leadership Issues in Education
EDUC 512 Data Collection and Analysis

Electives (select two)
EDUC 530 Strategic Planning and Assessment in Higher Education
EDUC 533 Higher Education Finance
EDUC 534 Advanced Leadership in Higher Education
EDUC 538 Theories of Student Development in Higher Education

Field Experience (select one)
EDUC 634 Practicum in Higher Education Administration
EDUC 635 Practicum in Higher Education Student Affairs
EDUC 655 Internship in Higher Education Administration
EDUC 658 Internship in Higher Education Student Affairs

Graduate Certificates are also available in the following two areas:

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership (12 hours)
EDUC 539 Higher Education Administration
EDUC 530 Strategic Planning and Assessment in Higher Education
EDUC 533 Higher Education Finance
EDUC 534 Advanced Leadership in Higher Education

Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs (12 hours)
EDUC 537 Student Development Services in Higher Education
EDUC 538 Theories of Student Development in Higher Education
EDUC 539 Higher Education Administration
EDUC 613 Foundations of American Higher Education


US News and World Report Best Public College in the SouthFor eight consecutive years (2012-2019) The Citadel has been named the #1 Public College in the South offering up to a master's degree (U.S. News & World Report). The Citadel was also named the #1 College for Veterans in the South.

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