Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Higher Education has two concentrations, Organization and Administration, and Student Affairs.

As PDFs

1. Completion of a minimum total of 33 graduate semester-hour credits.

2. Completion of the following required 7 courses (21 credit hours) in HIED:

  • HIED 5003 — Overview-American Higher Education
  • HIED 5033 — Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • HIED 5043 — Student Development in Higher Education
  • HIED 5083 — History and Philosophy of Higher Education
  • HIED 5073 — Management of Higher Education Institutions
  • HIED 5643 — Reflective Practice in Higher Education and Student Affairs (Course may be repeated for an additional 3 credit hours)
  • HIED 6653 — Legal Aspects of Higher Education

3. Completion of at least 3 courses (9 credit hours) of Higher Education Electives from the following:

  • HIED 5033 — Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • HIED 504V — Practicum in Higher Education
  • HIED 5053 — The Community College
  • HIED 5063 — Diversity in Higher Education
  • HIED 5103 — Higher Education in International Contexts
  • HIED 5303 — Non-profit Fundraising
  • HIED 574V — Internship
  • HIED 605V — Independent Study (limited to 3 credit hours)
  • 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 3 credit hours in research methods or statistics approved by advisor. Students typically choose 1 course 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

5. 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.

6. Satisfactory performance on a written comprehensive examination.

7. 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).

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

Revised June 12, 2019

1. Completion of a minimum total of 33 graduate semester-hour credits.

2. Completion of the following required 5 courses (15 credit hours) in HIED:

  • HIED 5003 — Overview-American Higher Education
  • HIED 5043 — Student Development in Higher Education
  • HIED 5083 — History and Philosophy of Higher Education
  • HIED 5073 — Management of Higher Education Institutions
  • HIED 6653 — Legal Aspects of Higher Education

3. Completion of at least 12-15 credit hours of Higher Education Electives. Choose three advisor-approved Higher Education electives from the following:

  • HIED 5033 — Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • HIED 504V — Practicum in Higher Education
  • HIED 5053 — The Community College
  • HIED 5063 — Diversity in Higher Education
  • HIED 5103 — Higher Education in International Contexts
  • HIED 5303 — Non-profit Fundraising
  • HIED 574V — Internship
  • HIED 605V — Independent Study (limited to 3 credit hours)
  • 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 3 credit hours in research methods or statistics approved by advisor. Students typically choose one course 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

5. For students with no prior full time administrative experience, the completion of HIED 5643 — Reflective Practice in Higher Education is required (3 credit hours). For students with full time administrative experience, an additional course (3 credit hours) from the HIED elective list above is required in lieu of Reflective Practice.

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 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).

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

Revised June 12, 2019