MEd Higher Education Leadership


The M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership provides a relevant, accelerated, and cost-effective graduate program for aspiring college and university administrators. Led by experienced and insightful faculty, the program coursework is designed to provide a comprehensive context for the higher education professional with leadership aspirations and can be completed online in 12 months. Specifically, coursework includes higher education history, institutional administration, research methodology, organizational change, student development, human and financial resource management, and higher education law. 

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  1. Develop a broad-based foundation in higher education history, organization, and administration.
  2. Select appropriate conceptual frameworks to guide their practice.
  3. Synthesize a leadership philosophy from both theory and practice.

Entry Requirements

Students will be admitted into the M.Ed. Higher Education Leadership major by the faculty once the following application criteria are met:

  • Successful admission to graduate school.

Master of Education - Higher Education Leadership

All courses applicable to the program must be attained, at least 30 hours are required for the degree.

HIED 5300Career & Professional Development Seminar3
HIED 5301History of Higher Education3
HIED 5302Planning and Resource Management in Higher Education3
HIED 5303Higher Education Law & Ethics3
HIED 5304Student Development and the College Environment3
HIED 5305Research Methods in Higher Education3
HIED 5306Critical Issues in Higher Education3
HIED 5307Leading Change in Higher Education3
HIED 5308Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education3
HIED 5312Organization and Administration of Higher Education3
HIED 5090Culminating Portfolio0
Total Credit Hours30


HIED 5090. Culminating Portfolio. 0 Credit Hours.

This course provides students an opportunity to reflect and synthesize programmatic experiences into a culminating portfolio.

HIED 5300. Career & Professional Development Seminar. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides students intentional opportunities to engage in self-reflection, work place skill enhancement, and leadership development.

HIED 5301. History of Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of the history and development of American higher education. Emphasis is placed on the influence of political, economic, and social forces.

HIED 5302. Planning and Resource Management in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of the economics and finance of higher education in the United States, with an emphasis on the analysis of financial policies and current issues at the national, state, and institutional levels.

HIED 5303. Higher Education Law & Ethics. 3 Credit Hours.

This course explores legal aspects and issues of constitutional, statutory, and case law and the ethical implications on professional practice and compliance. Current trends and potential ethical dilemmas of the practitioner will also be covered.

HIED 5304. Student Development and the College Environment. 3 Credit Hours.

This course serves as an overview of the field of student affairs and the impact of the college environment on student development.

HIED 5305. Research Methods in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides a general overview of research in the field through an introduction to research methodologies and basic statistics.

HIED 5306. Critical Issues in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is an examination of social, political, ethical, and economic issues that impact higher education.

HIED 5307. Leading Change in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides a survey of organizational change and corresponding leadership dynamics in the field of higher education.

HIED 5308. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines various aspects of assessment and evaluation in higher education such as assessing student outcomes, reviewing program outcomes, and institutional accreditation.

HIED 5312. Organization and Administration of Higher Education. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of organization and administration in contemporary colleges and universities. Emphasis will be placed on the theory and practices of the organization as it relates to governance, structure, and management.