College of Education and Human Services

MA in Higher Education

DEPARTMENT OF GRADUATE HIGHER EDUCATION

(SYMBOL: HED)

Ellis (Program Director)

 

The Master of Arts degree (M.A.) in Higher Education is a graduate program focused on the many facets of American colleges and universities, the history and purpose of higher education in society, current trends and dynamics in higher education, and the role of educational leaders within these institutions. This degree is ideal for those seeking to become upwardly mobile in the field of higher education.

The M.A. in Higher Education degree will also prepare you for a variety of higher education careers, including residence life, student development, admissions, financial aid, career development services, intercollegiate athletics, ministry programs, student leadership, student support services, and other areas of college administration.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the M.A. in Higher Education will be able to:

  1. Apply their understanding of the relationship of higher education to the development of college students of various ages and demographics.
  2. Evaluate current trends and forces impacting higher education in the United States in light of history and social context.
  3. Describe the internal and public governance dynamics of colleges and universities.
  4. Apply legal and ethical principles to decision-making within higher education settings.
  5. Evaluate and apply research related to the study of higher education.
  6. Implement responses to problems or opportunities facing higher education institutions.

Requirements for the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Higher Education

1.  Higher Education Core Requirements - 21 hours

HED 7113 History and Philosophy of American Higher Education
HED 7213 Understanding and Applying Research in Higher Education
HED 7663 The College Student: Issues, Policies, and Programs
HED 7993 Administrative Leadership in Higher Education
HED 8003 Planning and Financial Management of Colleges and Universities
HED 8033 Christian Foundations in Higher Education
HED 8443 Law and Higher Education

2.  Leadership Requirement – 3 hours

BUS 7033 Organizational Management and Leadership

3.  Cognate Requirement - 3 hours from the following:

BUS 7443 Leading Organizational Transformation
CNL 7313 Career Development Information and Vocational Education 
HED 8263 Higher Education Practicum
HED 8903 Selected Topics
Other course as approved by program director

4.   Capstone - 3 hours

HED 8913 Higher Education Project

Minimum semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

 

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