The concentration in higher education leadership is designed to prepare professionals for expertise in leadership across college and university campuses, addressing critical issues facing postsecondary education in public policy, governance, finance, law, and student services.

You will examine higher education from a number of perspectives as you develop leadership skills for career enhancement and advancement:

  • Understanding the development of higher education as crucial global institution
  • Developing leadership on college and university campuses;
  • Examining state and federal policies and processes applied to higher education;
  • Exploring factors influencing budgeting and budget decisions; and
  • Identifying best practices in student services.

Program Logistics

  • Competency development appropriate to the profession
  • 30 Credit Hours
  • Fully Online
  • One course at a time, 8 week format
  • Finish in as little as 18 months
  • Affordable Tuition
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A one-of-a-kind program

Believe it or not, our alumni tell us that graduation day has a tendency to sneak up on you. Before you know it, you’ll have completed 30 hours of master’s-level coursework. Time flies when you’re having fun seeking your own learning path, pursuing your career goals, and working with faculty and peers who sharpen your skills and know-how. Pictured above is one of our first cohort of graduates in 2014.

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“The courses in this program helped to prepare me for my position at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. I am involved in policy decisions that affect hundreds of thousands of Texas students.”

Dr. Garry Tomerlin, Alumnus

Program Highlights

  • Coursework grounded in real-life higher education contexts
  • Faculty advisors as practitioners
  • Practicum designed for leadership development
  • Preparation for a variety of positions across higher education

Coursework Highlights

The Higher Educational Leadership concentration offers courses that are designed to increase knowledge and understanding of several education concepts, such as:

ClassNumberClass Name
ELHE5300Higher Education History
ELHE5301Higher Education Student Services
ELHE5302Higher Education Finance
ELHE5303The Comprehensive Community College
ELHE5304Higher Education Leadership
ELHE5305Higher Education Politics and Policy
 Students will be require to take 12 hours of Educational Leadership core courses. To learn more, view our degree plan. 

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