Degree Requirements


Leslie Shelton
HIED Program Coordinator
108 Graduate Education Building

M.Ed. in Higher Education (HIED)

Areas of Study:

Requirements for the Master of Education Degree: (Minimum 33 hours.) The master's degree program in higher education provides academic preparation for persons who plan to seek entry level positions at the director or assistant director level in both two-year and four-year institutions for which a master's degree is appropriate preparation, including community colleges and technical colleges, liberal arts colleges, and four-year colleges and universities. Depending upon prior experience, graduates may expect to find employment in a wide variety of positions in residence life, financial aid, career planning and placement, student activities, student union management, alumni affairs, development, public information, continuing education, financial management, human resources, and institutional research, or as adviser to fraternities and sororities, or minority students.

In combination with course work outside of Higher Education, students may prepare for positions in development and in other beginning level positions in post-secondary institutions and educational agencies.

M.Ed. Program Requirements

1. Completion of a minimum total of 33 graduate semester-hour credits (or 27 plus thesis), including at least 24 hours in higher education.

2. Completion of the following required seven courses in Higher Education:

HIED 5003     Overview-American Higher Education (Fa) 3   
HIED 5033 Student Affairs in Higher Education (Fa) 3
HIED 5043 Student Development in Higher Education (Sp) 3
HIED 5083 History and Philosophy of Higher Education (Sp) 3
HIED 5073 Management of Higher Education Institutions (Su, Fa) 3
HIED 5643 Reflective Practice in Higher Education and Student Affairs (Sp, Su, Fa)       3
HIED 6653 Legal Aspects of Higher Education (Sp, Fa) 3

3. One 3-hour adviser-approved Higher Education elective course.

4. Additional 6 hours of adviser-approved electives to be selected from Higher Education or other relevant areas [may include 600V(6) Master's Thesis].

Electives in Higher Education may be selected from the following:

HIED 504V      Practicum in Higher Education (Sp, Su, Fa) 1-6   
HIED 5053 The Community College (Irregular) 3
HIED 5063 Diversity in Higher Education (Irregular) 3
HIED 5103 Higher Education in International Contexts (Irregular) 3
HIED 574V Internship (Sp, Su, Fa) 1-3
HIED 605V Independent Study (Sp, Su, Fa) 1-6
HIED 6183 Organization Development and Change in Higher Education (Irregular) 3
HIED 6533 Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness in Higher Education (Irregular)     3
HIED 6663 Finance and Fiscal Management (Irregular) 3
HIED 6683 Governance and Policy Making in Higher Education (Irregular) 3
HIED 699V Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa) 1-6

Other Higher Education courses, designed primarily for doctoral students, with instructor's approval.

Other related areas might include adult education, counseling, business, psychology, sociology, communications or other fields of interest to the student.

5. A minimum of 3 hours in research methods or statistics selected from the following: HIED 5093 Research in Higher Education and Student Affairs, ESRM 5013 Research Methods in Education, ESRM 5393 Statistics in Education and Health Professions or other equivalent course.

6. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on all course work for the degree. No grades below "C" will be accepted for graduate degree credit.

7. Satisfactory performance on a written comprehensive examination.

8. Students enrolled in the Higher Education Program should hold a graduate assistantship or be employed full-time in higher education or a related field (exceptions must be approved by faculty).

Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degrees.