The Master of Science (M.S) in Higher Education is offered in the School of Education and Social Sciences.

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The online M.S. in Higher Education helps professionals develop the skills and competencies to advance their careers in higher education or to switch from a current executive or management role in a corporate setting to one at a college or university.  It is also a great graduate degree for military personnel who can apply the leadership skills they have learned in the military to a higher education setting.  It is predicted that higher education will continue to be a strong employment field for the foreseeable future. 

The degree program focuses on the management side of higher education.  Upon completion, graduates will have a general knowledge in higher education to assist them in seeking employment or advancement in a variety of departments, including:  admissions, financial aid, student affairs, student services, academic affairs, and business operations.

The coursework deals with organizational leadership, student affairs and student services, assessment and accreditation, finance and budgeting, marketing, program evaluation, ethical decision-making, legal issues, and general current and critical issues impacting higher education today, including the increased impact of government regulations.  Faculty members are experts in the field with long term careers higher education.  The program emphasizes practical knowledge as well as theory. 

Suggested Course Sequence

Online classes are designed for maximum flexibility to fit busy schedules.

The below sequence is for Full-Time Graduate Status; a student may go part-time by taking one course in each session.

1st eight-week session
EDUC6000  Critical Issues Affecting American Education
EDUC6120  Instructional Leadership/Management

2nd eight-week session
HIED6000  College Students in America

3rd eight-week session
HIED6010     Assessment in Higher Education
EDUC 6125   Instructional Leadership/Organizational Learning, or,
EDUC6610    Foundations of Online Teaching and Learning

4th eight-week session
EDUC6065    Statistics

5th eight-week session
EDUC6130  Educational Research Seminar
HIED6020    Ethical and Legal Issues in Higher Education

6th eight-week session
EDUC6610  Foundations of Online Teaching and Learning, or,
EDUC6125 Instructional Leadership/Organizational Learning, or,
EDUC6140 Practicum in Higher Education
HIED6030  Governance and Accountability in Higher Education