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.


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Learning Outcomes

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


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Master of Education - Higher Education


Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education

The Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education delivers and provides instruction in innovative research that informs the educational process from early childhood through higher education. Our curriculum prepares graduates for leadership positions in diverse settings and roles, provides foundational support for programs across the university, and investigates educational policy to inform practice in P-12 through higher education.


College of Education

The College of Education creates an intellectual environment that promotes quality instruction, significant research, and professional service. With four unique departments, graduates receive the necessary tools and experiences to make an impact on local, national, and global scales.