M.Ed. - Educational Leadership - Higher Education Administration

Do you have a passion for higher education? The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration 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, 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.

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.

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Master's students in the Higher Education Administration program complete a 36 semester hour program designed to be completed in two years with an internship completed in the summer between the first and second year. Course topics include:

Core Study:

  • History of Higher Education
  • Organizational theory and change
  • Educational research for practice
  • Developmental themes and social contexts of college students

Professional Focus:

Each student, with assistance from an advisor, creates a professional focus by combining 12 credits (four courses) that develop knowledge and skills in a specific professional context. 

Culminating Experiences:

  • Master's project: Each student prepares and presents an original project related to their area of professional focus
  • 140-hour Internship in a higher education setting 

See the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education Administration Program of Studies for more details.

Higher Education Program Coordinators

Stephanie Blackmon
Class of 1963 Associate Professor of Higher Education

Pamela Eddy
Professor of Higher Education


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