Higher Education

Engage in learning experiences that will teach you to support students, expand access to education and implement innovative change. Take the next step in your professional career as you learn how policy affects higher education and how that policy is made. Develop skills that will help you guide and form policy in the field.

Our curriculum puts a strong focus on social justice and the public good, and you will learn from award-winning faculty with diverse research interests that include access, equity, postsecondary policy and student success. All of our faculty are deeply engaged in scholarship and involved in key professional organizations, including:

  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

In addition to our faculty, you will learn from your peers. Our program brings together students with diverse professional, educational, social and cultural backgrounds and experiences. You will be part of a collaborative community that shares knowledge and experiences through the quarterly Lunch & Learn series, community events, professional development programming and more.


Our Programs

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    Master of Arts in Higher Education  

    Prepare for an entry-level position in higher education/student affairs administration.


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    Ed.D. in Higher Education  

    Become an expert in higher education and gain the skills to help solve post-secondary problems and challenges.


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    Ph.D. in Higher Education  

    Build the foundation for a research career in post-secondary education.


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Career Paths

Our Higher Education Department (HED) can help you pursue or advance your career in higher education administration, policy or research — either within or outside of an academic setting.