Increasing numbers of students will be enrolling in higher education degree programs during the next decade, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.1

When you earn an online Master of Science (MS) in Higher Education degree, 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 online master’s in higher education degree 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.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Walden online Master’s in Higher Education degree program can gain the knowledge and skills needed 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.

Career Impact

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.2 3 

Whether you are a recent college graduate, a career changer, or a faculty or staff member currently working in higher education, the MS 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
  • Community education
  • Corporate training
  • Distance learning
  • Diversity management
  • Enrollment management/student recruitment
  • Facilities management
  • Faculty development
  • Finance
  • Financial aid
  • Human resources
  • Institutional advancement
  • Institutional research
  • Marketing
  • Military education
  • Registrar
  • Residential life
  • Retention
  • Student affairs
  • Student services


Find detailed information for the Adult Learning specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Choose Your Speed: Progress at Your Pace.

You can work toward your degree at a speed that fits your schedule. This program offers two speeds to complete your program, allowing you the flexibility to progress at a pace that’s right for you:

  • Traditional: Take one course at a time. Advance through the program steadily while managing other commitments.
  • Fast Track: Take two courses at once. Focus more time on the program and complete your degree sooner.

After the first course, you can take one course at a time, earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once, or choose a combination of the two throughout the program to fit your changing needs.

Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

1National Center for Education Statistics Fast Facts on the Internet at



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