What will I learn?

The Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Higher Education prepares graduates for entry-level leadership positions at public and private universities, community colleges, and proprietary institutions. The program is distinguished by its emphasis on integrating practical and relevant administrative skills with a broad understanding of issues facing higher education institutions. The M.Ed. program allows students to choose a sequence of courses emphasizing student affairs, intercollegiate athletics, or higher education organization.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

Discuss the historical and philosophical influences that have guided the evolution of higher education in the U.S.
Discuss the ways in which institutional mission, type and organizational structure shapes the nature of student affairs or intercollegiate athletics work.
Discuss the nature of leading and working with and in diverse organizations.
Discuss the requisite knowledge to fulfill key student affairs responsibilities (e.g., ethical practice, diversity awareness, supervision, assessment, etc.).
Discuss and articulate an informed perspective on several contested issues in higher education (e.g., student affairs, intercollegiate athletics, etc.).

Career Possibilities
Higher Education Organization

Entry to mid-level administration in non-student services at universities, community colleges, and proprietary institutions:

Facilities management
Public relations
Institutional advancement
Business affairs
Human relations administration

Student Affairs

Entry to mid-level management in student services:

Hall director
Cultural center director
Academic advisor
Study abroad programs
International programs
Intercollegiate athletics

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$22,807.00 per year
Start date

18 January 2022, 16 May 2022, 29 August 2022


College of Education

Carlson Education Building,

4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.,



89154, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor’s Degree – You must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or an approved international equivalent. Grade Point Average – You must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.00=A) for your bachelor’s degree, or a minimum 3.00 (4.00=A) for the last two years (60 semester hours).

For international students

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

A minimum GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work.

English Proficiency Requirement:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Minimum score: 6.5; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Paper-based) Minimum score: 74; (Computer-based) Minimum score: 213; (Internet-based) Minimum score: 80. Michigan Test of English Language Placement (MTELP) - Minimum score: 85; Pearson Test of English (PTE)- Minimum score: 65.

Application Deadline: Mar. 15 for fall semester; Oct. 15 for spring semester; Mar. 15 for summer semester

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.