William and Mary School of Education

Higher Education Administration

M.Ed. Educational Leadership

The M.Ed. Program in Educational Leadership includes an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. This program is designed to prepare students for leadership and service positions in colleges, universities, community colleges, government agencies, research agencies, educational associations, and other post-secondary educational settings. Graduates have pursued careers in admissions,Higher Ed students student services, student records, intercollegiate athletics administration, campus facilities, university business offices, institutional advancement, institutional research, and other administrative and support services in higher education.

In addition to emphasis on higher education, the program includes courses which introduce graduate students to the theories of administration, organization, and policies that characterize educational institutions in general.

A prospective student who already holds a master’s degree and who is interested in advanced preparation for administrative, faculty, and research positions in higher education should consider applying directly to either the Ed.D. or Ph.D. Program in Education Policy, Planning and Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education.

The course requirements for the M.Ed. Program in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in higher education administration are as follows.

Core Component
EPPL 503 The Administration of Higher Education
EPPL 525 Assessment and Evaluation to Promote College Student Learning
EPPL 628 The History of Higher Education
EPPL 635 Organization and Governance of Higher Education
Research Component
EDUC F65 Research Methods in Education
Professional Focus

Select a minimum of 15 hours Students with assistance from their advisor create a professional focus by combining a minimum of fifteen credits (five courses) that provide knowledge and skills as background for professional employment.

Examples of professional foci include: Academic Services, Advancement in Higher Education, Multicultural Affairs, Recreational Services, Student Services, and Substance Abuse Programs and Services.

Culminating Courses
EPPL 585 Internship in Higher Education
EPPL 599 Masters Project
Electives (Optional)
EPPL 500 Orientation to Graduate Studies in Higher Education    1
EPPL 511 Budget Policy and Practice in Higher Education    1
Exit Interview

During the last semester of one’s programs of study, a student in the M.Ed. Program in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education must arrange an exit interview with the faculty advisor. The interview is conducted by faculty of the Higher Education Program to obtain feedback about a student’s experiences in the program.

Total Hours 36-38
Higher Education Administration - Educational Leadership Contact

[[jpbarber, Dr. Jim Barber]]

M.Ed. Program of Studies [pdf]