Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum total of 36 graduate semester-hour credits.
  2. Completion of the following required 5 courses (15 credit hours) in HIED:
    • HIED 5033 — Student Affairs in Higher Education
    • HIED 5043 — Student Development in Higher Education
    • HIED 5083 — History and Philosophy of Higher Education
    • HIED 5063 — Diversity in Higher Education
    • HIED 6653 — Legal Aspects of Higher Education
  3. Completion of at least 5 courses (15 credit hours) of Higher Education Electives from the following:
    • HIED 5073 — Management of Higher Education Institutions
    • HIED 5053 — The Community College
    • HIED 5103 — Higher Education in International Contexts
    • HIED 5303 — Non-profit Fundraising
    • HIED 574V — Internship
    • HIED 6093 — Leading Change
    • HIED 6183 — Organization Development and Change in Higher Education
    • HIED 6303 — University Advancement in Higher Education
    • HIED 6353 — Critical Issues Facing the College or University President
    • HIED 6483 — Strategic Enrollment Management
    • HIED 6533 — Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness in Higher Education
    • HIED 6663 — Finance and Fiscal Management
    • HIED 6683 — Governance and Policy Making in Higher Education
    • HIED 699V — Seminar (Various topics)
  4. Completion of at least one (3 credit hours) reflective practice internship. With advisory committee approval, full time employees may substitute an additional HIED elective. Students may complete up to 2 additional reflective practice internships as HIED elective course requirements.
    • HIED 5643 — Reflective Practice in Higher Education and Student Affairs
  5. Completion of 3 credit hours in graduate level research methods. With advisor approval, students may select another graduate level research course.
    • HIED 5093 — Research in Higher Education and Student Affairs
  6. Maintain 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 comprehensive examination.
  8. Students enrolled in the Higher Education Program must hold a graduate assistantship or be employed full-time in higher education or a related field.
  9. Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degrees.

Revised March 2021