Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education

The Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies offers this degree program in face-to-face or online formats.

Is this program for me?

The Higher Education Master’s Program prepares those who aspire to leadership positions in student affairs and other key administrative areas within a college or university.

The program provides practical experiences and theoretical foundations offered within a diverse setting which prepares students to become good citizens in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society.  It fosters mutual respect and teamwork and helps build communities whose members are judged by the quality of their character and their contributions.

This program is designed to be comleted in fifteen (15) months.  See Course Sequence for more deatails.

Which delivery method (face-to-face or online) is for me?

We offer two modes of degree pursuit – face-to-face and online cohorts. For those who value in-person experiences and comprehensive internship opportunities, the face-to-face cohort is a wonderful way of building academic and personal connections. For interested applicants who are not able to come to campus but still want a rigorous curriculum, the online cohort offers a strong alternative.  

The online program follows the same admission, course schedule, and performance expectations as our traditional master’s degree. The online program is well-suited for high-caliber, full-time professionals at community and four-year colleges who are seeking career advancement but are unable to visit the UH campus (or any university campus) multiple times each week.  Both the online and traditional programs utilize a cohort model that is structured to enable part-time students to earn their Master's Degree in two years. 

Additional information about the online program:

  • Press Release regarding the Online Master's in Higher Education
  • Please see the Graduate Admission Deadlines for the face-to-face or online master’s degree program.

Contact Dr. Lyle McKinney, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, if you have further questions about which program delivery option may be right for you.   

What will I learn?

Through specialized course work, a Comprehensive Exam or Master's Thesis, and internships students will have the ability to:

  • Work in diverse, fast-paced, and often uncertain contexts unique to colleges and universities.
  •  Positively influence student adjustment to college, academic performance, and ultimately, commitment to the attainment of a bachelor's degree.
  • Realign campus support services with student needs through meaningful strategic planning and policy analysis which will result in rapidly increased student growth and diversity.
  • Exhibit leadership qualities grounded in theory and practice.

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan.  Following is the most current sample degree plan for the M.Ed. in Higher Education.  In addition, this diagram provides an example of the course schedule throughout the program for the Fall 2011 cohort.

What can I do with my degree?

Graduates of the M.Ed. in Higher Education may pursue the following careers in four-year postsecondary institutions and community colleges:

  • Vice President/Director of Student Affairs
  • Vice President/Director of Academic Affairs 
  • Director of Counseling/Advising Services
  • Director of Admissions/Financial Aid 
  • College or University Registrar
  • Director of Institutional Advancement/Fundraising 
  • Leading/Directing other Campus Services and Programs: study abroad; community partnerships; workforce development; student health and wellness; alumni and public relations, etc.

To apply for this program, please see Graduate - How to Apply.

Learn more about this program.