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 professional development in higher education leadership, including specialized coursework in higher education organization and governance, student affairs, counseling, 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:
Submission of official transcripts reflecting the baccalaureate degree and any graduate coursework delivered directly from the accredited college or university attended. Applicants are expected to have a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average.
Submission of a detailed personal statement (500 – 1000 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
Applicants who do not meet a specific requirement (e.g., GPA), but show strength in other requirements will be considered on an individual basis. Admission is not based on any single factor, but on a composite assessment of the application materials.
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
EDUC 563: College Admissions Counseling
EDUC 564: Strategic Enrollment Management
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