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Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership

  • Total Credit Hours: 39
  • Degree Format: Hybrid


The Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership Program allows students to develop as scholars and professionals through a blend of classroom learning and practical experience. Students are immersed in the operations of academic affairs as well as student services in the higher education field. Faculty members will maintain commitment in the areas of service and research for the sharing of knowledge and will provide leadership to students. Students will experience learning that will enhance the appreciation and knowledge of diversity in the classroom and workplace including numerous hands-on experiences.

What You'll Learn

Courses expose students to a range of learning and development theories; explore the history of American higher education and discuss being a higher education professional on today’s diverse campus, Students will also interpret financial and organizational structures, evaluate institutional effectiveness, and analyze educational research. 


Students must complete one guided internship as part of the Higher Education Leadership Program. Students may choose to do a second internship as their guided elective course.  An internship typically lasts one semester or the equivalent of 150 hours of work on a supervised project. Campus offices and/or personnel are excited to work with Higher Education Leadership interns to envision and develop experiences tailored to the future career aspirations of those students. Interns should keep in mind, however, that the experience is as fulfilling as the efforts they put into integrating learned theories with the assigned duties. Faculty encourage students to engage in an established internship experience or to develop and seek approval for a new internship opportunity with any on-campus department or external institution.

The successful student intern will:

  • Apply theory to student affairs work
  • Recognize and learn to work with campus culture
  • Establish a professional network
  • Develop personal outlook on student affairs
  • Understand professional responsibilities 

Students are encouraged to pursue diverse internship experiences that will enable them to translate theory into practice as they develop a personal philosophy of higher education. Read more about graduate assistant and internship opportunities.

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