Master of Education - Higher Education

The Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Higher Education prepares graduates for entry-level leadership positions at public and private universities, community colleges, and proprietary institutions. The program is distinguished by its emphasis on integrating practical and relevant administrative skills with a broad understanding of issues facing higher education institutions. The M.Ed. program allows students to choose a sequence of courses emphasizing student affairs, intercollegiate athletics, or higher education organization.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Discuss the historical and philosophical influences that have guided the evolution of higher education in the U.S.
  • Discuss the ways in which institutional mission, type and organizational structure shapes the nature of student affairs or  intercollegiate athletics work.
  • Discuss the nature of leading and working with and in diverse organizations.
  • Discuss the requisite knowledge to fulfill key student affairs responsibilities (e.g., ethical practice, diversity awareness, supervision, assessment, etc.).
  • Discuss and articulate an informed perspective on several contested issues in higher education (e.g., student affairs, intercollegiate athletics, etc.).

Career Possibilities

Higher Education Organization

Entry to mid-level administration in non-student services at universities, community colleges, and proprietary institutions:

  • Facilities management
  • Public relations
  • Institutional advancement
  • Business affairs
  • Human relations administration

Student Affairs

Entry to mid-level management in student services:

  • Hall director
  • Cultural center director
  • Academic advisor
  • Study abroad programs
  • International programs
  • Intercollegiate athletics

Graduate Catalog

The graduate catalog is the official repository of the graduate program requirements, and Graduate College policies.

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