Increasing numbers of students will be attending higher education institutions during the next decade, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.*

When you earn a master’s in higher education, you can gain skills and knowledge you need to develop and lead programs, services, and classes that can help students reach their full potential. Walden’s higher education master’s degree program can help you enhance your understanding of the higher education environment across a range of functions as you learn the latest strategies and technologies that can help you and the students at your institution succeed.

*National Center for Education Statistics Fast Facts on the Internet at http://nces.ed.gov/fastFacts/display.asp?id=98 (visited March 23, 2010).

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Walden’s M.S. in Higher Education program offers a General Program as well as a variety of specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

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General Program

Today’s managers and leaders in higher education must take a student-focused approach to programs, services, and all aspects of the higher education experience. In the General Program, explore educational strategies and management principles that will help you address today’s most pressing issues facing higher education institutions and improve organizational and student success.  

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence:

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College Teaching and Learning

Qualified instructors will be in demand to teach the growing number of college students. In this specialization, learn the major steps in the teaching and learning process: planning, developing, and facilitating learning experiences and assessing outcomes. Explore the special opportunities and challenges of online learning environments.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Integrative capstone (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence:

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Enrollment Management and Institutional Marketing

In today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, higher education institutions must utilize the most sophisticated techniques to attract and retain students. In this specialization, you can learn to develop strategies—using all types of communication tools—that attract students and promote your institution. Explore all facets of the enrollment management process, including obtaining financial aid and helping students stay committed to their educational goals.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (21 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (6 sem. cr.)
    • Integrative capstone (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence:

Courses

Global Higher Education

Colleges and universities must prepare to take advantage of opportunities for global collaborations and alliances. In this specialization, broaden your understanding of global trends and issues in higher education. Discover strategies for serving international students and approaches to program planning and management.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (21 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (6 sem. cr.)
    • Integrative capstone (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence:

Courses

Leadership for Student Success

Higher education institutions are becoming increasingly accountable for providing students with skills that prepare them for the future. In this specialization, you can gain the tools you need to develop and measure programs that support student success. With an emphasis on outcomes, these courses focus on best practices for improving the engagement, retention, and educational achievement of today’s diverse student populations.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (21 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (6 sem. cr.)
    • Integrative capstone (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence:

Courses

Online and Distance Learning

Distance learning is a fast-growing segment of higher education. You can take advantage of Walden’s experience in this field as you deepen your understanding of distance-learning technology. Learn how this technology can be used to manage effective online programs and to assess their value for students with varied learning styles. Incorporate the most current online technologies to support student learning and organizational effectiveness.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
    • Core courses (21 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (6 sem. cr.)
    • Integrative capstone (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence:

Courses

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Courses 30 total semester credit hours $660 per semester credit hour (includes course textbooks and materials)
Technology Fee per semester $160

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of professional positions in higher education will continue to experience strong growth. Additionally, a presidential commitment to ensuring that the United States has the world’s best-educated workforce by 2020 is placing increasing pressure on higher education institutions to meet this goal.* 

Whether you are a recent college graduate, a career changer, or a faculty or staff member currently working in higher education, the M.S. in Higher Education can help you prepare to teach or to manage functional areas in this challenging field.

Expand Your Career Options

Choose from a range of careers in higher education institutions and in organizations that support higher education, which may include:

  • Admissions
  • Academic advising
  • Academic affairs
  • Academic programs
  • Distance learning
  • Diversity management
  • Enrollment management/student recruitment
  • Facilities management
  • Faculty development
  • Finance
  • Financial aid
  • Human resources
  • Institutional advancement
  • Institutional research
  • Marketing
  • Registrar
  • Residential life
  • Retention
  • Student affairs
  • Student services

*http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos007.htm#outlook

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education

In the M.S. in Higher Education program, you can benefit from Walden’s experience as a provider of online education and from a curriculum that emphasizes programs and structures to support student success. The M.S. in Higher Education allows you to:

  • Blend current theory with practical strategies and best practices that you can apply directly to help improve both your own performance and student outcomes. 
  • Discover emerging trends and issues in the field and broaden your knowledge of best practices that support student success.
  • Learn from recognized experts in the higher education field who have vast experience with successful leadership, organizational change, outcomes assessment, and research models for engaging and effective institutions. 
  • Put your newfound knowledge to work on a practical project through your capstone course.

When you choose Walden’s higher education degree program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

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What They Say

“Higher education institutions are moving in new directions to more effectively support student success. Walden’s M.S. in Higher Education can give you the skills you need to design and lead a variety of programs, services, and classes with the ultimate goal of raising outcomes for your students.”

Dr. Kelley Costner
Associate Dean of Master’s and Undergraduate Programs
The Richard W. Riley
College of Education and Leadership

The M.S. in Higher Education is designed for individuals who want to make a positive impact on students and staff in 4-year colleges, community colleges, and universities to enhance their institution’s ability to successfully contribute to social equity and positive change. Students will learn to think creatively and critically about the challenges facing higher education institutions and provide expertise in addressing these challenges. Learning activities emphasize the application of research-based best practices from business leadership and management, student learning and support, and systems thinking to maximize institutional effectiveness. Critical issues in higher education policy, administration, emerging technologies, legal and ethical issues, and governance are addressed throughout the program in the context of real-world problems facing today’s colleges.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply an understanding of higher education systems, business principles, and student learning in solving institutional problems to drive institutional and student success.
  2. Make effective decisions based on critical evaluation of research and data.
  3. Articulate the perspectives and interests of multiple stakeholders.
  4. Choose leadership approaches appropriate to the culture of the organization.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to deploy resources to achieve intended results.
  6. Evaluate the potential impact of policies and processes on student outcomes.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the M.S. in Higher Education relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.