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

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:

To learn more about our programs engagement please check out the HED Engaged Report.

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 experience. You will be part of a collaborative community that shares knowledge and experiences through quarterly Lunch and Learn series, community events, professional development programming, and more.

Degree Programs

We offer three degree programs:

Masters of Arts in Higher Education
Prepare for an entry-level position in higher education/student affairs administration.
Ed.D. in Higher Education
Become an expert in higher education and gain the skills to help solve post-secondary problems and challenges.
Ph.D. in Higher Education
Build the foundation for a research career in post-secondary education.



Why Study at DU

There are many reasons to study at the Morgridge College of Education. 100% of our admitted on-campus students receive financial aid. Our job placement rate for graduating students is outstanding. Our programs are exceptional and nationally recognized. Our faculty serve in a multitude of leadership positions within professional organization and on editorial boards and are nationally recognized scholars. Beyond these reasons, you will find that there is no better place to live than Denver.

Take the light rail directly from DU to downtown where you can enjoy amazing restaurants, sporting events, and nightlife or take a short drive west for spectacular mountain scenery and recreation. There are plenty of options to make your time at DU even more fulfilling.


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