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Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership

Rise from the Ranks in Higher Education Leadership

Learning is a lifelong process. Even educators must keep up to date with emerging trends, demographics, and methods and strategies for serving students in a range of formats. Prepare to meet the demands of the rapidly changing higher education landscape with an Online Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership from Post University. Whether you’re seeking to enter or advance in the field, our program provides you with the specialized knowledge, skills and practical experience you need to lead institutions as a scholar and practitioner. 

Program Highlights

In this master’s in higher education leadership program, you will prepare to respond to the various challenges faced by higher education leaders today and in the future. Core coursework will explore leadership and change management theory, analysis of demographic trends, assessment and evaluation practices, delivery of all aspects of student services, and solving problems of practice.  

Your graduate degree in higher education leadership is specifically designed to help you take the next step in your post-secondary career, giving you the skills and training needed to ensure the best educational experience possible for the students under your purview. Through research-based projects and lively class discussions, you will identify and discuss the history, philosophy, and changes in trends in higher education. You’ll examine the laws and policies that govern practices within higher education. You’ll refine your discernment regarding social justice issues and cultural competency in higher education. And you’ll evaluate and analyze ethical standards related to leading at a university level and the resulting decision-making practices.  

Following your studies, you will demonstrate mastery of educational research, planning, methodology and design as you work toward the completion of an applied project in your capstone courses. 


What can I do with a Master’s in Higher Education Leadership?

Upon completion of this online graduate degree in higher education leadership, you will be able to problem solve, communicate effectively, perform ethically and take your higher education administration career to the next level.  

Your higher education leadership degree is designed to give you the tools you need to make your mark in the post-secondary setting. Whether you are looking to start or advance your career, the program prepares you to excel professionally in a variety of job outcomes within student and academic affairs.

The Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership degree is not designed to fulfill the educational requirements for any educational credential, such as a state teacher’s license or TESOL certification. Professional credentials vary by state and include requirements outside of education, which may include exams, background checks, work experience, and more. Learn about teaching certification requirements through the state departments of education:


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Online MS in Higher Education Leadership Concentrations 

Once you complete the core coursework for your Online Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership, you will have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your specific career objectives with one of two relevant concentrations: Administrative Leadership and Students Affairs.  


Administrative Leadership

In this concentration, you will develop skills to serve as a leader and administrator in academic affairs. You will build a foundational knowledge of policy, politics and pressing issues; leadership in administrative services; organizational structure and governance; and the role of faculty in post-secondary education. 

Student Affairs

This concentration prepares you to serve as a leader and administrator in student affairs. Coursework will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the adult learner, multiculturalism, student leadership development, and law and ethics.

Download your guide to learn everything you need to know about earning a Master’s in Higher Education Leadership online.


At Post University, we understand many of our students are also working professionals who need options and support to succeed in school. That’s why we offer 100 percent online courses to fit your schedule. We also offer fully online education programs that provide the same level of personal attention and investment in your goals. We offer one-on-one academic advising to assist you with any questions, help you customize your degree with a concentration, and help guide your pursuit in higher education jobs upon graduation. 

Are you ready to pursue a career-defining education to advance your prospects and opportunities in post-secondary education? Lead change and enrich the lives of others, as well as your own.  Contact us to enroll in Post University’s Online Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership today. 


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