Master of Arts in Higher Education

Learn to support students, improve accessibility, and innovate and implement change through the Morgridge College of Education's MA in higher education. By joining the program, you can gain valuable insight into the manner in which policy is developed and how it impacts higher education, as well as skills that can allow you personally to affect and improve those policies. With a strong focus on social justice and the public good, the higher education MA allows committed individuals to develop the abilities necessary to advance their careers and improve educational outcomes through administration, policy and research.

You'll have the opportunity to learn from a renowned teaching staff with a wide range of research interests, and you'll also be a part of a collaborative and diverse community of students with whom you'll share knowledge and experiences while expanding your professional network. The MA offers three optional emphasis areas: public policy; organizational change and college student affairs; diversity and higher learning. In addition to your coursework, you'll complete multiple real-life projects and have the opportunity to pursue a variety of service-learning partnerships with local educational institutions and organizations.

Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes for the Masters of Arts in Higher Education are as follows:

  • Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge about higher education as modeled in the core curriculum.
  • Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge about their specific interest area(s) (College Student Affairs; Public Policy and Organizational Change; and Diversity and Higher Learning).
  • Students will demonstrate a critical understanding of the values of diversity, equity and inclusion as exhibited by Inclusive Excellence and its applications.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply theory to practice.
  • Students will be able to connect and integrate materials from the curriculum, co-curriculum and additional experiences as it relates to their personal and professional interests.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups and/or individuals in diverse settings.
  • Students will express their personal and professional growth and development through critical reflection of their experiences in the program.
  • Students will demonstrate the development of their personal and professional values.
  • Students will demonstrate self-awareness and the strategies needed for continuing professional development.

Graduate Assistantships and Fellows

Applications are Being Accepted! There are many graduate assistantships available for Fall 2021. Opportunities offer real-world experience, tuition waivers, and income. Applications due May 3, 2021

As an MA student in the Higher Education program (HED), you can apply for graduate assistant and fellowship positions. These positions give priority to incoming first-year students making a two-year commitment. If you are a returning student there are many employment opportunities available at DU or with campus partners for you to explore.

NOTE: Preference for all positions will be given to incoming Higher Education M.A. students.

Program Requirements

You’ll need to complete 50-quarter credit hours. You must also complete a Capstone project and an internship. Examples of previous internship locations include:

  • University of Denver Offices of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence
  • Inclusive Excellence Fellows – a unique program that places Higher Education students across campus to work on diversity and social justice-related concerns in academic and administrative units
  • Locally headquartered policy organizations, including the Education Commission of the States
  • Local post-secondary institutions, including Community College of Aurora, Colorado School of Mines and the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver