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Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership

Pursue Your Master’s in Higher Education Leadership 100% Online!

Post University’s online master’s in higher education leadership explores what it takes for postsecondary education administrators to be more effective leaders in universities and colleges. With an eye toward current and emerging challenges and issues in higher education, core coursework covers 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.

Through research-based projects and lively class discussions, you will be encouraged to identify and discuss the history, philosophy, and changes in trends in higher education. Coursework for your Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership examines the laws and policies that govern practices within higher education. You will also be given the opportunity to refine your discernment regarding social justice issues and cultural competency in the field. And you will be asked to evaluate and analyze ethical standards related to leading at a university level and the resulting decision-making practices.

What Could I Do with a Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership?

Upon completion of this online higher education master’s degree, you will have covered how to solve problems, communicate effectively, perform ethically, and lead in postsecondary settings. It is designed to offer you the learning experiences you could use to build the knowledge base and skills used in higher education administration and leadership.

The Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership degree provides the opportunity to prepare for opportunities for leadership within higher education. It is not designed to fulfill the educational requirements for any educational credential, such as a state teacher’s license or TESOL certification.

Post University assists in researching and providing information regarding licensure; however, each state has different requirements for such licensure outside of the required education. Such state requirements may include licensure exams, background checks, certain work experience, and more. It is ultimately the responsibility of each student to manage their own licensure process and to ensure that all requirements are met in order for the student to obtain licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body and does not guarantee licensure. Requirements for licensure are subject to change without notice.

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Industry-Focused Curriculum for Professional Skills

Coursework for your online master’s in higher education leadership is designed to help you build the foundation of insights and practical skills for the field. Depending on the concentration you choose, you will explore what it takes to:

  • Apply leadership approaches effectively in higher education administration
  • Understand and use the policies and laws shaping higher education practices
  • Interpret the roles and influences of stakeholders for institutional decision making
  • Communicate the changing roles of faculty in postsecondary education
  • Define the various functions of student affairs professionals
  • Integrate key student development and leadership approaches into student affairs
  • Work more effectively with diverse student populations
  • Relate concepts of equity, bias, and ethical decision-making to laws governing higher education practices

Online Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership Concentrations

Once you complete the core coursework for your online master’s in higher education leadership, you will have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your specific objectives with one of two relevant concentrations: Administrative Leadership and Students Affairs.

Administrative Leadership

Coursework for this concentration looks into the skills used to serve as a leader and administrator in academic affairs. Learning experiences are designed to help you explore 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 covers leadership and administration practices required in student affairs. Coursework offers a comprehensive understanding of the adult learner, multiculturalism, student leadership development, and law and ethics.

Benefits of Earning an Online Master’s in Higher Education Leadership

From the admissions process to the day you graduate, we are with you every step of the way.

  • Receive support from a personal Post team of advisors focused on your academic success
  • Learn from industry-experienced professionals in interactive courses
  • No class times or set login times for your online education
  • Online courses emphasize practical application of higher education leadership principles

A Word from Our Program Chair

“We first want to teach our students who in most cases are in the first third of their professions to continue to cultivate their thinking skills, their ability to really look at the challenges within the educational fields and to be able to utilize that knowledge to help advance them professionally, to help them respond to the needs they see within their organization.”

Peter Madonia
Program Chair, Master of Education

Earn Your Online Higher Education Master’s at Post!

At Post University, we understand you have responsibilities you cannot put on hold while you attend school — and you do not have to. We offer our online Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership to help fit your education into your schedule. A student success advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions and help you address challenges throughout your program. We are here to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Ready to make a difference in higher education? Contact us to learn more about our master’s in higher education leadership today.

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