Higher Education Program Overview

The Higher Education option is designed to provide the foundations of practice, research and theory of higher education and student affairs essential for leadership in post-secondary contexts. Graduates from this program have the knowledge, skills, and experiences to become change-agents on college and university campuses.

Career Paths

The Higher Education option of the master's degree in Educational Leadership prepares students for a variety of profession in colleges and universities, government, non-profits, for-profit organizations. Professions our graduates have landed include:

  • Program coordinators and directors in higher education settings:
    • Student affairs
    • Residence life
    • Collegiate athletics
    • Admissions
  • Consultants
  • Policy analysts


  • Deadline to Apply: April 1
  • Program Start: Autumn semester
  • Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: Undergraduate degree (3.0 GPA minimum)
  • Minimum Program Hours: 36
  • Coursework: Leadership, planning, and organizational behavior; educational law; curriculum, instruction, and learning theory; personnel, supervision, and staff development
  • Other requirements: Practicum and Portfolio (M.Ed.) or Thesis (M.S.)

View the M.Ed. Curriculum Sheet or M.S. Curriculum Sheet

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