Master of Science in Higher Education

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.

Master of Science in Higher Education Program Highlights

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:

  • Focus on multicultural and diversity issues affecting student development in higher education
  • Examine how technology, public policy, and financing issues affect a student’s ability to attend college
  • Explore the historical development of colleges and universities in the United States and the organizational principles that guide them

Master of Science in Higher Education Concentrations

Choose from three concentrations 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 concentration addresses specific 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).

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

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 pursuing doctoral-level studies.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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October 11, 2017

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November 29, 2017

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April 18, 2018

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December 05, 2018

Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 30

    Total Program Credits: 50

    • HE 510: FOUNDATIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION Change

      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 institutions.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 520: HIGHER EDUCATION LAWS AND REGULATIONS Change

      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 settings.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 530: HIGHER EDUCATION ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNANCE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 540: MULTICULTURALISM AND DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION Change

      This 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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 550: HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IX 540: RESEARCH METHODS FOR EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY Change

      This course presents an in-depth overview of typical quantitative research methods used in educational research. Students will prepare an educational research proposal including a problem statement, research question(s) and hypotheses, a preliminary literature review, and a quantitative research design. The course examines procedures associated with quantitative research as well as the ethical standards involved in the protection of human subjects in educational research. Practical limitations of quantitative designs will be discussed as well as possible methodologies to overcome those limitations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

  • Concentration Courses

    Total Concentration Courses Credits: 20

    Total Program Credits: 50

Curriculum: Concentration

Concentration
Select a Concentration
  • Select a Concentration
  • College Teaching Concentration
  • College Administration and Leadership Concentration
  • Student Affairs Concentration
  • Please Select a Concentration Above
  • College Teaching Concentration

    Total College Teaching Concentration Credits: 20

    Total Program Credits: 50

    • HE 521: TEACHING ADULT LEARNERS Change

      This course provides you 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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 523: CURRICULUM DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 525: STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 545: TEACHING AND LEARNING ONLINE Change

      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 online learning.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

  • College Administration and Leadership Concentration

    Total College Administration and Leadership Concentration Credits: 20

    Total Program Credits: 50

    • HE 511: DEPARTMENTAL AND DIVISIONAL LEADERSHIP Change

      This course provides you 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 you to successfully function in academic, middle-management positions such as department chair, division chair, assistant dean, dean, and other similar leadership roles.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 513: INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND STRATEGIC PLANNING Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 515: EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ASSESSMENT Change

      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 and learning.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 543: ASSESSMENT OF ONLINE LEARNING PROGRAMS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

  • Student Affairs Concentration

    Total Student Affairs Concentration Credits: 20

    Total Program Credits: 50

    • HE 551: STUDENT AFFAIRS FOUNDATION AND PHILOSOPHY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 553: CURRENT ISSUES IN STUDENT AFFAIRS IN HIGHER EDUCATION Change

      In this course, you 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. You will assess methodologies for dealing with issues, legal considerations, and possible alternative strategies.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 555: STUDENT AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATION IN GROUND AND VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HE 594: STUDENT AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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