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Graduate Programs

M.Ed. in Higher Education

The Master’s in Higher Education (M.Ed.) prepares students to be administrative leaders in colleges and universities, working with students and in a variety of roles supporting the advancement of higher education. The curriculum focuses on learning and development of college students, college access, equity and diversity, and organizational development. Students will gain a broad understanding of current trends, leadership challenges, and opportunities to advance social justice in higher education. The Master’s in Higher Education is a 36-credit program.

Learn more about the Higher Education Fellowship program, which offers a full-tuition fellowship.

Program Components

Core Courses (16 credits) 

The core of our program emphasizes social justice and the multifaceted and critical role that postsecondary institutions play in a democratic, pluralistic, and complex society. Required courses for all students are as follows:

  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Higher Education in American Society
  • Research Methods
  • Capstone

Areas of Concentration and Electives (12 credits)

Student Affairs

  • Student Development
  • Counseling and Advising
  • Financial Management in Higher Education
  • The College Student Experience
  • Student Affairs Theory & Practice

Leadership and Organizational Development

  • Financial Management of Higher Education
  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Fundraising and Grant Writing
  • University-Community Relations

Fellowship/Electives (8 credits)

Each student in the fellowship program works 25 hours a week (average) in their assigned fellowship setting. Fellows also meet twice monthly with an experienced practitioner to reflect upon the experience and document skill and competency development. Students who are not participating in the fellowship program will elect 8 additional course credits.


All students will complete a capstone experience – an applied learning project or extended research – under the guidance of an advisor and supervisor. Your capstone can be practice- or policy-focused. You could also serve as an undergraduate course teaching assistant, or concentrate on development of a new program or initiative for student learning.

For more information, contact:

Office of Graduate Admission





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