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Higher Education Leadership, MS


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Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership

Normal Time to Completion: 22 Months

This program is offered online.

The Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership is a specialized degree program. Students will work through coursework designed to prepare them to respond to the challenges faced by professionals in the field of higher education administration. Core coursework will explore leadership and change management theory; analysis of demographic trends; assessment and evaluation practices; exploring the delivery of all aspects of student services; and, solving problems of practice. Following the core, students will select a four-course concentration in either Student Affairs or Administration. At the end of the program, students will demonstrate mastery of educational research, planning, methodology, and design as they work towards the completion of an action research project in the Capstone courses. The Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership is designed to prepare graduates for careers or career advancement in higher education. Graduates will be scholars, leaders, and practitioners in the field of higher education administration.

The Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership degree is not designed to fulfill the educational requirements for any educational credential, such as a state teacher's license or TESOL certification. Professional credentials vary by state and include requirements outside of education, which may include exams, background checks, work experience, and more. Learn about teaching certification requirements through the state departments of education: https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html.

Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership Outcomes

  1. Students will identify and discuss the history, philosophy, and changes in trends in higher education.
  2. Students will analyze theories and approaches of leadership and change management as they apply to organizational needs and culture.
  3. Students will describe contemporary student populations and analyze demographic trends in postsecondary education.
  4. Students will analyze and critique the policies and laws that shape and govern contemporary practices in institutions of higher education.
  5. Students will develop the awareness and skills necessary to practice social justice and demonstrate cultural competency in higher education.
  6. Students will evaluate and analyze ethical standards and decision-making practices as related to higher education administration.
  7. Students will evaluate and apply effective solutions to professional problems of practice in higher education.
  8. Students will apply theories of educational research, planning, methodology, and design towards the completion of an applied project.

Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership


Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership Core Courses: 12 Required Credits


Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership Concentration Courses: 12 Required Credits


Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership Capstone: 9 Required Credits


Total Program: 33 Required Credits


Administrative Leadership Concentration


Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership with a Concentration in Administrative Leadership

The Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership with a concentration in Academic Affairs is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to serve as leaders and administrators in academic affairs. Students will develop foundational knowledge in the following areas: policy, politics, and pressing issues; leadership in administrative services; organizational structure and governance; and, the role of faculty in post-secondary education.

Higher Education Leadership with a Concentration in Administrative Leadership Outcomes

  1. Students will identify, analyze, evaluate, and apply effective leadership approaches in the professional practice of higher education administration.
  2. Students will explain and apply the policies and laws that shape and govern contemporary higher education practices.
  3. Students will describe and discuss processes of institutional decision making with a focus on interpreting the roles and influences of various stakeholders.
  4. Students compare the changing roles of faculty in post-secondary education.

Student Affairs Concentration


Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership with a Concentration in Student Affairs

The Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to serve as leaders and administrators in student affairs. Students will develop foundational knowledge in the following areas: the adult learner; multiculturalism; student leadership development; and, law and ethics.

Higher Education Leadership with a Concentration in Student Affairs Concentration Outcomes

  1. Students will define and describe the various functions of student affairs professionals and the impact of current issues on professional practices.
  2. Students will integrate key student development and leadership approaches into student affairs practices.
  3. Students will examine, discuss, and integrate foundational concepts and theories of working with diverse student populations into professional practices.
  4. Students will relate the concepts of equity, bias, and ethical decision making to the laws that govern higher education practices.

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