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Master of Education in Higher Education

The Graduate Studies program in Higher Education is designed to prepare its students to either begin professional careers in college or university administration or advance in their careers.  The administrative fields which graduates enter include college advising, career education, college admissions, student leadership, residential life, international education, student support, etc.  Depending on the organizational structure of the college or university, these fields may be housed in student affairs units or academic affairs units.

The program consists of 30 credits of coursework and 6 credits of field experience.  The program is designed to be completed in two academic years; however, students have up to five years to complete the program.  Courses are carefully designed to build from theory to practice, with students moving from foundational coursework to more specialized coursework as they move through the program.  The field experiences provide a capstone that synthesizes theory and practice as well as prepares students to enter the higher education job market.  Students who are professionals advancing in their careers through this program may, with approval, substitute additional coursework for field experiences.

Students who successfully complete the program earn an M.Ed. degree in Higher Education.

Application Deadlines *

Start Term
Application Deadline
Summer or Fall ​March 1
​Fall ​​​July 1

*Note that students can take up to 2 courses while their application is under review.

Admission Requirements

A 3.0 or higher undergraduate gpa is required for full admission.  Applicants with a 2.75 – 2.99 undergraduate gpa may be considered for conditional admission.  A conditional admission indicates that the student will be required to meet additional academic criteria during their initial coursework to gain full admission. Applicants who do not already have a master’s degree or who have less than a 3.0 undergraduate gpa are required to submit scores from the GRE or MAT examination.

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*Note on Current Higher Education Counseling Program

Students currently enrolled in the Higher Education Counseling track of the Master’s in Counseling Program will complete their program as originally designed.  When appropriate, and with the approval of the Program Director, students in this program may substitute courses in the new program for current requirements.

Program Courses  total credits: 36 (12 3-credit courses)

​Cor​e Courses: (7 classes, 21 credits – all students must take these courses) EDU 670:  Foundations of Higher Education 
​​ ​EDU 672:  Research and Program Evaluation
​EDU 674:  Counseling Theories
​EDU 676:  Student Development in Higher Education
EDU 678:  Culturally Competent Practice in Higher Education
EDU 680:  Org. Theory and Leadership in Higher Education
​EDU 682:  Higher Education Law and Policy
​​Field Component: (2 classes, 6 credits – students already working in higher education settings may substitute electives for the field courses, with director’s approval) ​EDU 684:  Higher Education Practice I
EDU 686:  Higher Education Practice II
​Electives/Specialization: (3 classes, 9 credits )
​EDU 690:  Career Counseling in Higher Education
​EDU 701:  Independent Study
EDU 740:  Special Topics*

* Potential special topics courses include, but are not limited to, academic advising, academic support, student mental health, athletics, strategic planning/budgeting/assessment, diversity.