Higher Education is a level of education that follows secondary education (high school). In the United States, higher education is most associated with college or university study. Higher Education includes teaching, research, applied work (medicine, dental), and social services activities of universities. It is often divided between both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Masters in Higher Education programs prepare students for careers in higher education. Curriculum explores themes in the history and development of higher education both in the U.S. and around the world. These programs study colleges as institutions, student learning and development, the profession of student affairs, research and assessment methods, access to higher education and diversity, and the theory and practice of leadership. Programs also integrate current theory, best practices, and opportunities for practical application.
Skills gained include change management, legal issues in higher education, funding, management of higher education institutions, and educational politics and history. Courses are varied and include Schools, Communities and Social Justice, The College Student, The Academic Profession, and Contemporary Issues in Higher Education. Prerequisites include a demonstration of commitment to and expertise in higher education and exceptional undergraduate merit. Graduates work throughout the college system, as administrators and in curriculum development.
Proficiency and aptitude in various educational administration subjects are developed in most Master of Higher Education Administration (MHEA) degree program via both individual projects and group assignments. The coursework often blends educational administration theories with realistic case study scenarios in order to bolster the students’ leadership skills, funding and budget management capabilities and organizational aptitudes.
The curriculum of a master’s degree program in higher education administration tends to integrate learning activities, such as writing reports, problem-solving projects and simulation exercises. Methods and techniques for career mapping, college catalog analysis and mediating asynchronous online discussions are also normally part of the coursework. Classes in the majority of graduate degree programs are available in classroom and online delivery formats.
A capstone research project is a graduation requirement for some MHEA degree programs. These projects usually involve independent study on a higher education administration subject that is of special interest to the student, such as fundraising or technology trends. Capstone projects typically culminate with a written report and a group presentation of the research results.
Successful completion of approximately 48 credit hours of classroom instruction and research projects and internships are generally required for graduation from most higher education administration master’s degree programs. Common coursework can include:
Organization and administration of higher education
College and university student personnel management
History of higher education
Legal issues in higher education
Higher education business management
The Master’s in Higher Education program is designed for individuals who wish to advance their knowledge and skills while working within higher education settings. The program provides participants with a broad knowledge of the history, purposes and contexts of higher education; leadership; organizational dynamics; the learning environment; and research concepts and methods.
It is our intention to help our students:
Receive and understand expert knowledge about American Higher Education, including:
History, purposes, and contexts of Higher Education
Higher Education management and leadership
Teaching and learning
Research concepts and methods
Translate knowledge into excellent practice
Promote the development of opportunity and diversity throughout Higher Education
Manage and teach ethically
Commit to lifelong professional development
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