Higher Education, MSEd

The M.S.Ed. in Higher Education will prepare students to take on leadership roles in institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies involved in constructing higher education nationally and worldwide. The program explores a wide range of topics including access to and equity within higher education, student development, postsecondary administration and management, organizational change, curriculum and pedagogy, economics and financing, and postsecondary policies at federal, state, and global levels. The program offers a variety of courses that enable students to shape a plan of study that will prepare them for their area of interest. The curriculum is based on interactive case studies, discussion-oriented seminars, individual and group projects, and hands-on, work-based applications of learning. The program offers practical higher education administrative experiences through graduate assistantships for full-time students.


A total of 10 course units are required for the Higher Education MSEd.

Higher Education Required Courses 1, 2
EDUC 592Professional Development in Higher Education1
EDUC 594Diversity in Higher Education1
Select 4 Higher Education courses4
Distribution Requirement
Select 1 Distribution Requirement Course 31
Elective Courses
Select 3 Electives 43
Total Course Units10

Comprehensive Examination

Higher Ed MSEd candidates must pass a comprehensive exam in order to graduate. To qualify to take the examination, students must have completed at least 5 Higher Ed CU's, or be enrolled in at least the fifth course unit. The exam is given in both the Fall and Spring terms. Under this planned program of study, FT students can take the exam in the spring semester.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.