Masters of Arts in Higher Education

Our Master of Arts (M.A.) program prepares you for entry-to-mid-level positions in higher education/student affairs administration. Within the program, you can choose to focus your studies on one of three optional emphasis areas:

  • College Student Affairs
  • Diversity and Higher Learning
  • Public Policy and Organizational Change

One of the major benefits of the program is that you will complete multiple real-life praxis projects, beginning in your first year. This research and practical experience is part of your coursework, and will help you develop the skills to be an effective and innovative leader in higher education. You will also have the opportunity to engage in service-learning partnerships with local college access organizations, college success organizations, postsecondary institutions, four-year institutions, and other intermediary organizations.

Graduate Assistantships and Fellows

As an M.A. student in the Higher Education program (HED), you can apply for graduate assistant and IE fellows positions. IE fellows apply to positions located throughout DU’s campus. Each position focuses on inclusive excellence within the context of the positions specific context. These fellows positions are reserved for 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.

How to apply – Select a position below. Follow the instructions provided in each application to apply.

View Closed HED 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


Admissions Contact
Rachel Riley
303-871-2509, KRH 110
Office Hours: By appointment only

Department Chair
Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama
303-871-3753, KRH 363

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

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