Prospective Students

Dear Prospective Higher Education Student,

Greetings from Fayetteville! We are now accepting applications for the Master of Education (MEd) in Higher Education degree at the University of Arkansas. Students in our master's program come from many colleges and universities and diverse undergraduate majors. Our professional preparation program equips students to serve as higher education leaders in a variety of postsecondary educational contexts. group of higher education students

Professional Preparation
The Master of Education (MEd) degree in Higher Education provides professional preparation for students to lead at both two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Students acquire practical administrative experience in higher education through graduate assistantships and internships. Prospective students interested in graduate assistantship should apply early to participate in the Division of Student Affairs Interview Days.

Connecting Scholarship and Practice
The MEd curriculum has been developed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for leadership in higher education and student affairs. Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and classmates during hands-on class projects while also completing practice-based experiences at institutions of higher education.

Great University, Beautiful Location

 shelton in classFounded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is located in Fayetteville, routinely considered among the country's finest college towns and in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular trails are within a short drive of campus. Fayetteville, one of several cities comprising the growing metro area of Northwest Arkansas, is served by a busy airport (XNA) and a reasonable car ride to many major cities—Dallas, Kansas City, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Tulsa, and Wichita.

Successful Placement
Our recent alumni have secured professional positions in a variety of areas of higher education, including academic advising, admissions, athletics, civic engagement, fraternity/sorority life, international studies, residence life, student activities, and student conduct. Since 2012, MEd graduates have accepted jobs at institutions in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, and Washington.

Financial Support
professor with higher education studentsMost students either have a graduate assistantship in an office on campus or work full time in higher education. Generally, graduate assistantships provide a tuition waiver (both in-state and out-of-state) and a competitive monthly stipend; some assistantships also provide additional benefits such as parking permits, housing, meal plans, and professional development money.

Involvement Opportunities
Many events and leadership opportunities are planned by our student organization, The Higher Education Organization (THEO). Our program is also home to the Theta Chapter of Chi Sigma Alpha Student Affairs Honor Society International.

Leave Your Mark—Literally
Our master's students have many opportunities to leave their mark on campus. Upon graduation, they become part of a unique tradition among the nation's universities: Senior Walk, consisting of more than three miles of sidewalks crisscrossing campus that are engraved with the names of more than 170,000 graduates, dating back nearly 140 years. It's concrete proof of our commitment to students.

Find out why the University of Arkansas is a great place to call home; apply to the Higher Education Program today!

For questions about the MEd Program, contact Dr. Leslie Jo Shelton (

Follow the Higher Education Program on Social Media




Twitter icon    Instagram logo



Graduate Assistantships and Financial Aid Available


Please visit our website or contact us for more information about the program and admission guidelines.


group discussion in higher education class

higher education program logo