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The Master of Science in Higher Education program stresses the practical knowledge, critical thinking, research, and writing skills relevant to leaders in today’s colleges and universities. Whether your interests are in administration, teaching, student development, or other areas within higher education, you will have the opportunity to work closely with your instructors and other students who share your interests. Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of online learning while you study to maximize your career choices and strengthen your knowledge and skills as a practitioner of higher education.
Courses feature learning activities led by distinguished faculty members who are dedicated to helping you pursue your educational goals. In the interactive online courses, you will:
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The Master of Science in Higher Education is designed to prepare you to pursue leadership positions in colleges, community colleges, universities, and technical and vocational centers. Your master's degree may help you qualify for positions such as department or division chair; positions in institutional research, assessment, or staff development; or supervisory roles such as director of admissions, advising, student life, or student services.† Upon successful completion of the program, you may choose to further your knowledge by pursing doctoral-level studies.‡
Choose from three areas of specialization designed to help you develop valuable expertise in specific areas of higher education administration, teaching, or student affairs.
College Administration and Leadership: Study to gain expertise in the principles of effective leadership as they relate to the management of academic programs and departments in a variety of postsecondary settings. Explore the roles of institutional research and strategic planning in institutions of higher education. Develop skills in assessing and evaluating academic programs, including accreditation standards and processes in both on-ground and online institutions. Prepare to enter the field of higher education administration, or to advance your career and take on new leadership roles.†
College Teaching: Explore foundations of adult learning and the use of technology in higher education settings. Focus on developing expertise in curriculum design and implementation and in the methods and models used to assess learning outcomes. Analyze strategies for quality online education as you explore the theory and processes of designing, delivering, and assessing online learning.
Note: most institutions require individuals teaching at the collegiate level to have the minimum of either a master’s degree in their teaching field or a master’s degree in higher education and 18 semester hours (27 quarter credit hours) of graduate coursework in their teaching field.
Student Affairs: Focus on developing expertise in the administration of a comprehensive student services program for both on-ground and online institutions. Gain hands-on experience through an internship at a real-world educational institution, and explore how to incorporate current management and legal issues into student affairs. This specialization meets the standards of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) for graduate programs in student affairs and the standards of the Professional Preparation Commission of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Sep 23, 2015
Online Start Date
Nov 11, 2015
This course presents an overview of the
historical development of tertiary educational institutions in
the United States. There is a particular focus on the constantly
evolving functions of its various sectors (e.g., universities,
colleges, and community colleges) through examination and
discussion of the evolution of tertiary institutions from their
medieval European origins as Studia Generalia to the contemporary
social functions, organizational structures, funding, and guiding
principles and values of America's approximately 3,000 tertiary
Total Program Credits: 50
This course explores the legal environment of
postsecondary educational institutions in the United States
through an examination of legal structures, principles, and
analysis. Specifically, this course will focus on the competing
interests, rights, and responsibilities of state and federal
governments, institutions, faculty, staff, students, and external
stakeholders in various higher education
This course presents an overview of the
organizational governance of educational institutions in the
United States in an international context through examination and
discussion of models of institutional governance, academic
organization, and higher education constituencies, and their
respective roles and responsibilities.
course explores the educational participation of diverse groups in higher
education. Students will gain a further understanding of issues of race,
ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, and disability affecting students
in colleges and universities, including how these issue impact curriculum.
Students will evaluate how institutions address issues of multiculturalism and
diversity as well as their own attitudes, beliefs, and practices.
This course focuses on institutional finance and analysis of the factors contributing to institutional productivity. You will examine different approaches to funding higher education, the state appropriations process, accreditation, and federal issues such as financial aid. You will also examine the institutional budget process and different approaches to budgeting, the importance of financial leadership and transparency, the concepts of “reengineering” and Total Quality Management (TQM) as applied in higher education, and the effects of technology on productivity.
This practitioner-oriented course is designed to allow students to explore methodologies, designs, and tools used for research in higher education, K-12, military, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Students will critically analyze readings and examples of research, and plan an applied research proposal on an approved topic in the field of education or instructional design and technology. Other learning activities include reviewing data analysis techniques and examining ethical standards for conducting research.
This course provides participants with the
information necessary to comprehend, assess, and evaluate the
foundational aspects of andragogy, which includes historical
influences, theories and models, contemporary and international
perspectives, the use of technology, teaching in a variety of
higher education settings, and the development of and reflections
on teaching and learning in adulthood.
Total Program Credits: 50
This course presents an overview of various
strategies, techniques, and methods to design and implement
curricula in postsecondary institutions. The course emphasizes
calls for reform, need for academic plans, curricular
consideration of academic disciplines and fields, influences of
learners, instruction, and administration.
This course provides you with an introduction to major theoretical perspectives including ethical considerations and approaches to student learning assessment. You will be exposed to various methods of assessment and learn how to apply student learning assessment methods within the postsecondary educational environment. You will also create your own student learning assessment plan for a specific course of interest.
This course provides an overview of the
technological innovations, pedagogical developments, and
strategies for quality online education through an examination of
the theory and processes of designing, delivering, and assessing
This course provides students with a
foundation in leadership theory and practices applicable to
academic departments and other divisional units within higher
education. This course is designed to help prepare students to
successfully function in academic, middle-management positions
such as department chair, division chair, assistant dean, dean,
and other similar leadership roles.
Specialization—College Administration and Leadership
Total Program Credits: 50
In this course, you will explore the role of institutional research and its relationship with other administrative and strategic processes within institutions of higher education. The institutional research profession and common functions of institutional research offices are introduced. You will also examine effective techniques for collecting and reporting data in higher education, and consider how data is used for decision making and strategic planning.
This course explores theories and processes of
measuring student learning in postsecondary educational settings
to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs. Specifically,
this course focuses on involving stakeholders in a culture of
assessment, clearly defining learning goals, developing learning
assessment plans, and using assessment data to improve teaching
This course presents a comprehensive overview of the quality online program, as outlined by accreditation procedures and standards. Students will learn the systems approach of assessment to evaluate programs and the organization, and consider approaches to establishing a culture of assessment to support online learning. Additionally, the course addresses the development of online curriculum and the alignment of outcomes with assessment instruments.
This course presents student development
theories, including cognitive and psychosocial, as well as other
theories that provide a foundation for development of a
comprehensive student services program.
Total Program Credits: 50
In this course, students will examine current
issues in higher education in student affairs, including service
learning, learning communities, suicide and mental health issues,
crisis management, and other relevant topics. Students will
assess methodologies for dealing with issues, legal
considerations, and possible alternative
The course focuses on college student
demographics and the impact of the delivery of student affairs
administration in the virtual and ground environments, as well as
some underlying theories. Additionally, students will explore
program assessment/evaluation models.
This course is intended to provide you with the opportunity to apply theory to practice. This mutually acceptable internship agreement between Kaplan University higher education students and an educational institution will offer you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in your specific area of specialization. This experience assists you in integrating and synthesizing your academic experiences into professional practice. The Student Affairs Internship allows you to complete a 120-hour practicum experience.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of their program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an Admissions Advisor. Not all programs are available for enrollment at Kaplan University Learning Centers.
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* College teaching requirements vary by institution and program. Students are responsible for verifying the requirements to teach in any program or institution of interest.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate-, or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.
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