Higher Ed Studies

Be a part of change. Our educational professionals advance educational issues at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Our higher education studies unit offers courses and programs that address the essential topics facing higher education and training organizations in an ever-changing world. With a strong focus on diversity, equity, and social justice, you'll work with faculty to explore adult learning and administration's critical issues.

Our higher education programs

Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration MA

The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration degree is a dynamic program to prepare you to work in higher education and student affairs at colleges and universities. Our graduates seek jobs in a wide array of functional areas, including academic advising, student life, fraternity and sorority life, residence life, service-learning and civic engagement, career services, and disability support services, to name a few. This 36-credit program aligns with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), which helps ensure the quality of graduate preparation programs in higher education and student affairs. Many fully funded assistantships are available each year.

The higher education administration program is most flexible in terms of allowing you to attend classes in person or remotely via HyFlex technology. The program is designed for those seeking leadership positions in colleges and universities. 

For more information, please visit the MA in Higher Ed Administration program page or contact the program director.


Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts in Education degree offers two concentrations for professionals working in both community college and adult training environments.

Community College Concentration*:

If you teach or train adults, you want this degree. With its focus on developing adults and creating and evaluating programs to fit their needs, this versatile degree helps you reach your career goals in the college system or wherever you work. Many courses offer the convenience and flexibility of a combination of face-to-face and online formats.

This concentration is designed to provide knowledge and skills for individuals required to function effectively in various educational leadership positions in a community college setting. 

Choose your emphasis:

  • Administration/Student Affairs
    Our graduates become deans, presidents and vice presidents, college administrators, program chairs, and various positions dealing with student and staff development, labor relations, leadership, and program measurement.

  • College Teaching
    You'll strengthen your curriculum and writing skills, integrate technology in your classroom, evaluate and measure program relevance and effectiveness, and explore research and teaching methods.

  • Training and Development
    Graduates are from the military, business, health care, or non-profits. They are leaders in designing curriculum, needs analysis, and aligning human capital with the goals and visions of an organization.

* This is not a certification program for educators, as it presumes the individual is already trained and qualified in the technical aspects of their field.

For more information, please visit the MA in Ed Community College program page or contact the program director.

Training and Development Concentration:

The training and development concentration focuses on the advancement of organizational development and building human capacity. Our program is designed to provide knowledge and skills for you to function effectively in positions of leadership or teaching in the adult education environment. 

For more information, please visit the MA in Ed Training and Development program page or contact the program director. 


Equity-Centered Teaching and Learning (Graduate Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Equity-Centered Teaching and Learning is a 12-credit graduate certificate that aims at providing adult educators with transformative teaching and learning approaches to issues related to diversity and equity in adult learning environments. Courses will help adult educators understand how diversity and equity relate to learning theories and pedagogy. Our approach to diversity and equity will cover the intersections of disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and poverty and draws on interdisciplinary research in education.

For more information, visit the Equity-Centered Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate program page.


Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership EdD

Gain the credentials necessary at the university or college level to become a president, dean of students, or college administrator in enrollment management, finance, alumni relations, student services, assessment, athletics, registrar, and business operations. You will develop enhanced knowledge and skills in advanced research and analysis, ethical leadership, organizational culture and change, organizational theory, and more. The Ed.D. degree in educational leadership provides in-depth knowledge and skills to educational leaders who seek to develop and refine their knowledge and skills to help transform through practice in the educational institution. Our program emphasizes the application of scholarship (theory) to the improvement of educational practice. This program is for individuals who desire to lead their respective campuses. 

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program begins in the fall of each year. For more information, please visit the EdD program page or contact the program director.