Masters of Arts in Higher Education


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 few remaining graduate assistantships available for Fall 2021. Opportunities offer real-world experience, tuition waivers, and income.

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.

To apply, or see position details, explore Graduate Assistantships and Fellows.

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

Approximate Completion Time

Two years


Department Chair
Dr. Bruce Uhrmacher
303-871-2483, KRH 344

Admissions Contact
Noah Schlueter
303-871-2503, KRH 113

Academic Services Associate
Anna Millies
303-871-2494, KRH 351

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