Help students reach their full potential by advancing your knowledge and skills with our master’s in higher education program.
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.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence:
|Course Code||EDUC 6155||Course||Understanding Higher Education||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6156||Course||Understanding Students: Learning, Development, and Diversity||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6263||Course||Best Practices for Student Success||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6157||Course||Understanding Institutions: Organizational Behavior and Culture||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6261||Course||Managing Resources for Organizational Success: Finance||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6225||Course||Foundations of Research||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6761||Course||Globalization in Higher Education||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6751||Course||Creating Supportive Learning and Service Environments||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6752||Course||Leading Change in Student Support Programs||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6960||Course||Capstone: Master's Project||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
Historical perspectives on the development of higher education are useful in understanding the characteristics of our current system and future trends. The social, political, and economic context in which 4-year colleges, community colleges, and universities operate is introduced in this course. Education professionals explore how institutions of higher education apply business principles to renew their commitment to student learning and achieve their mission and goals effectively. They also become familiar with the philosophy, requirements, and community of Walden University, The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, and the M.S. in Higher Education program.
The success of any business is tied directly to its ability to serve its customers effectively. In higher education, those customers are students. In this course, education professionals examine fundamental principles of student learning and development as well as the implications of these principles for adult learners from a variety of backgrounds who have diverse needs and are in different stages of the educational process. They investigate and discuss factors affecting students’ educational goals and aspirations, their ability to stay in college, and the impact of their educational experiences on their learning and development; through this exploration and discussion, education professionals gain a better understanding of the ways leaders can improve these outcomes.
Student success depends not only on the quality of the institution’s academic programs but also on the quality and availability of student services. In particular, the growing need to help increasingly diverse student populations succeed in college requires innovative approaches to retention and support initiatives. In this course, education professionals explore strategies to plan, organize, and manage student services and programs effectively as well as for ensuring that these programs meet legal and regulatory requirements. They also engage in coursework that emphasizes the design and deployment of programs and services, which enables students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their educational goals.
Effective leadership within colleges and universities depends on the ability to identify important aspects of an organization’s structure and culture as well as to adapt one’s behavior to that culture. In this course, education professionals examine patterns of organization, governance, and culture in higher education, and they assess strategies for working effectively within governance structures and organizational cultures to achieve desired goals. They engage in readings and assignments that emphasize the organization’s ability to learn and change in response to internal and external factors, including the ever-changing use of technology in academic programs and services.
As costs escalate and resources dwindle, the effective, ethical, and socially responsible management of financial resources becomes an increasingly important skill in higher education. Education professionals are introduced to the fundamentals of financial administration in 4-year colleges, community colleges, and universities in this course. They explore financial issues specific to higher education, such as budget management, asset management, state appropriations, administration of financial planning, and fundraising. They also engage in practical learning activities through which they develop and assess strategies for deploying and managing resources to achieve established goals.
An introduction to the principles and processes of research is provided in this course. Education professionals explore the various steps and considerations of the research process. They develop an understanding of basic research methodologies and statistical analyses, learn how to formulate research problems and questions, conduct a literature review, and critique and evaluate research. Additionally, they consider the ethical responsibilities of the researcher.
Globalization is a phenomenon affecting almost every aspect of society, from politics to commerce to entertainment. Higher education is no exception; technology and social mobility increasingly lead to opportunities for collaboration and competition among institutions globally. In this course, education professionals investigate trends and issues in higher education worldwide, including ways in which institutions serve the needs of an increasingly mobile student population. Through assignments designed to provide practical application of course content, education professionals consider globalization through a variety of contexts, such as in their personal and professional lives, student experiences, and challenges and opportunities. They also explore international differences in institutional organization and governance, operations and services, accountability, and articulation; they use this knowledge to inform later study of program development and administration.
Supporting and retaining students until graduation are central to the mission of all institutions of higher education. In this course, education professionals investigate strategies for increasing student success throughout their college experience, from admission to graduation. They explore the ways in which faculty and staff throughout the institution can work collaboratively and leverage resources, such as emerging technologies, to create positive learning experiences. Educators focus on the interplay between academic and student support programs as well as how to design and implement such programs to maximize opportunities for student success.
In this course, education professionals explore strategies for leading change in programs and services to support student success and retention. Education professionals engage in research and discussion on a variety of issues, such as assessing needs, developing programs, and seeking resources through fundraising and grant writing. They also engage in activities that focus on ways that change efforts can support an institution’s mission and strategic goals, such as increasing the participation of traditionally underrepresented populations in key program areas and building more inclusive communities of learners.
Through the master's capstone experience, education professionals have the opportunity to integrate and apply their learning to real-world issues or problems. Education professionals research and create a product that addresses a critical issue in a particular institution or area of higher education. Examples of such products include a design for a program or service that could be implemented at a particular institution, a professional development program or resource, or a position paper that addresses a particular issue in depth. Education professionals choose an issue or problem that is of sufficient scope to enable them to apply theories, concepts, and practices gained from multiple areas of prior coursework. All other courses.)