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Columbus State University

Master of Education
Educational Leadership - Higher Education Track

College of Education and Health Professions

Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership

Program Description

The Higher Education Administration program is a specialization in the MED program in Educational Leadership that is designed to develop individuals who have the capability to take on administrative and leadership roles in a variety of higher education settings. It is an entry level environment where MED candidates develop their administrative and leadership skills in collaboration with other higher education professionals. An MED degree in Higher Education Administration will position potential leaders to accept the challenges of leadership in their higher education institutions.

The course curriculum emphasizes a realistic approach to leadership, management, and change to prepare students for leadership. The Higher Education Administration specialization program prepares students for successful careers in the public and private sectors of higher education. Most classes are structured with an open-learning format to promote faculty-student collaboration and provide a challenging and competitive learning environment. The learning structure is 100 percent online. This dynamic interaction of learning format and technology creates an optimal learning environment for the scholar-practitioner graduate education.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may serve as administrators and leaders in a variety of higher education settings.

Admission Requirements

  • Higher Education work experience (verified through submission of resume)
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE Composite Score
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7

(Note: Requirements are for regular/unconditional admission.  Provisional/conditional admission is to be determined by the college's Graduate Council.)

Learning Outcomes

National standards for the program are benchmarked with the Council of the Advancement of Higher Education (CAS) and American College Personnel Association Professional Competencies.  

Additional Program Requirements

Students may take internships in student affairs and enrollment management areas across the country and at CSU.

Students admitted to the program must complete an online Graduate Orientation prior to enrolling in classes.