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  • MS in Higher Education


    The fast-expanding field of higher education offers countless opportunities for professionals with exceptional leadership skills and expertise. In Drexel's accredited Master of Science in Higher Education, you'll undergo rigorous preparation to lead complex administrative and management positions in university and college offices, national and international associations and organizations, government agencies, foundations, and corporations in the U.S. and around the world.

    The experiential curriculum provides a thorough overview of education from the colonial era to present day virtual models and examines the organizational and administrative structure of institutional hierarchy. You'll explore the connection between the university and the community it serves, and acquire practical skills using the latest learning technologies and strategies, research, software applications, and management systems.

    Online Open House

    Join us on Wednesday, January 31st from 3-4 p.m. or 4-5 p.m. EST to learn more about our online Education programs and have your questions answered by a Drexel representative. Register Today!

    Optional Secondary Concentrations

    • Community College Administration and Leadership
    • Educational Policy
    • Enrollment Management
    • Global and International Education
    • Learning Technologies and Instructional Design
    • Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction
    • Student Development and Affairs

    Capstone Project

    The capstone component of the program, a graduate co-op with portfolio, offers invaluable career preparation. You'll undertake an action-research project in which you're challenged to apply your newfound knowledge to identifying and resolving a real-life issue in a professional setting.

    This program is also available as a Graduate Minor.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Core Courses 
    EDHE 500Foundations of Higher Education3.0
    EDHE 510Governance, Management & Administration in Higher Education3.0
    EDHE 520Student Development & Customer Service Management3.0
    EDHE 530Higher Education Law3.0
    EDHE 602Managing Campus Operations3.0
    EDHE 714Introduction to Research Methods3.0
    EDHE 715Higher Education Co-op I with Portfolio1.5
    EDHE 716Higher Education Co-op II4.5
    Primary Concentration in Higher Education Aministration and Leadership 
    Complete four of the following courses: 
    EDHE 540Outcomes, Assessments & Continuous Improvement3.0
    EDHE 601Strategic Planning & Evaluation3.0
    EDHE 606Higher Education Career Development3.0
    or EDHE 608 Leadership for Learning
    EDHE 669Diversity in Higher Education3.0
    or EDGI 506 Comparative Higher Education Systems
    Electives or Secondary Concentration (See Below)9.0
    Select either any three elective courses (from within the School of Education) or three courses within the secondary concentrations offered. Courses within your primary concentration do not count as electives.  
    Total Credits45.0

    Electives or Secondary Concentration

    Global and International Education 
    Select three of the following: 
    EDGI 500Introduction to Global, International & Comparative Education3.0
    EDGI 506Comparative Higher Education Systems3.0
    EDGI 510Culture, Society, & Education in Comparative Perspective3.0
    EDGI 512Globalization and Educational Change3.0
    EDGI 518Analysis of Policy Issues in Global & International Education3.0
    Educational Policy 
    EDPO 620Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications3.0
    Select two of the following: 
    EDPO 624The Shaping of American Education Policy: Global Forces, Interest Groups, and Politics3.0
    EDPO 632Ethics in Educational Policy Making3.0
    EDPO 636Access & Equity in Educational Policy Making3.0
    EDPO 640Educational Policy-Making Tactics & Influence3.0
    Community College Administration and Leadership 
    Select three of the following: 
    EDHE 634Proposal Writing & Sponsored Project Management3.0
    EDHE 664Strategies for Educational Success3.0
    EDHE 668Transformational Leadership3.0
    EDHE 669Diversity in Higher Education3.0
    Enrollment Management 
    Select three of the following: 
    EDHE 650Introduction to Enrollment Management3.0
    EDHE 652Enrollment Marketing, Recruitment & Retention3.0
    EDHE 654Financial Aid & Enrollment Management3.0
    EDHE 656Enrollment Management Database Systems & Management3.0
    Learning Technologies and Instructional Design 
    Select three of the following: 
    EDLT 536Learning Sciences and Instructional Design3.0
    EDLT 537Technologies for Performance Support3.0
    EDLT 550Introduction to Instructional Design3.0
    ELL 502E-Learning Technologies3.0
    ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities3.0
    Student Development and Affairs  
    Select three of the following: 
    EDHE 652Enrollment Marketing, Recruitment & Retention3.0
    EDHE 662Critical Issues in Student Affairs3.0
    EDHE 663Safety and Crisis Management3.0
    EDHE 664Strategies for Educational Success3.0
    EDHE 669Diversity in Higher Education3.0
    Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction 
    IPS 553Neuroscience of Learning3.0
    IPS 554Online Neuropedagogy, Regulations & Online Instruction3.0
    IPS 600Capstone: Applying Neurobiology to Online Instruction3.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)
      • Provisional admission may be granted with a GPA between 2.80 to 2.99

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $921 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1228 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Career Outlook

    Drexel's MS in Higher Education program provides a strong foundation for entry/mid-level career placement, executive and senior level advancement, and future doctoral studies. We've established close relationships with national associations and organizations and strongly encourage students to become involved in these entities as “student members” (e.g., attending conference, presenting papers, and networking.) Through these affiliations, as well as through the co-op experience, students will have unique opportunities to meet leaders within higher education and acquire new skills that will ultimately assist with career placement and advancement. 

    In addition to the preparation students receive in the program, Drexel’s Steinbright Career Development Center provides many resources and services for current students and alumni. The center assists with career exploration, resume-writing and interviewing skills, and co-op and job placement assistance. The Higher Education program also maintains an online "career resource link" that allows students to search for available positions within and outside of academia, nationally and internationally.

    Types of Careers our Current Students and Graduates Pursue

    • Executive Search Firms: Spellman & Johnson Group;; Academic Careers Online
    • Government Agencies' Educational and Training Divisions/Programs: U.S. Department of Education; Departments of Education across all 50 states; Office of Personnel Management-OPM; U.S. General Services Administration-GSA; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-HHS; National Center for Education Statistics-NCES; Federal TRIO Programs/Council for Opportunity in Education-COE
    • International Organizations: World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank-IADB; United States Agency for International Development-USAID; United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization-UNESCO; International Association of Universities-Affiliate of UNESCO; Institute of International Education-IIE; Council for International Educational Exchange-CIEE; Association of International Education Administrators-AIEA
    • Military Education, Research and Training Divisions/Programs: Department of Defense; Military-affiliated training institution/facilities; Army Installation Management Agency; U.S. Military Branches
    • National Associations: Council for Higher Education Accreditation-CHEA; Association for Institutional Research-AIR; National Association of College and University Business Officers-NACUBO; Council for Advancement and Support of Education-CASE; Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers-APPA; National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators-NASFAA; National Council for Higher Education-NCHE; American Council on Education-ACE
    • Non-Profit and For-Profit Organizations/Corporations: College Board, Blackboard, ACT, ETS, Peterson’s; Follet Corporation; Agresso Americas; SAS; E-Reference Desk
    • Politics: Political consultant, lobbyist, advisor
    • Publications: Chronicle of Higher Education; Campus Technology; Education Resource Information Center-ERIC; Educational journals/magazines; Association journals/magazines

    Places of Employment and Job Titles of our Current Students and Graduates

    • Dean of Development at a Community College
    • Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Affairs at a four-year State University
    • Director of Enrollment Management, University System
    • Assistant Director, Enrollment Services and Operations at private, four-year University
    • Manager, Career Services at higher education alumni association
    • Director of Student Records and Academic Evaluation at a College of Podiatric Medicine
    • University Registrar
    • Director of Retention, at a four-year private university
    • Assistant Director of Operations, Career Development Center at a 4-year private university
    • Special Events Manager at a non-profit organization
    • Senior Survey Data Collector at a non-profit higher education testing organization
    • Program Manager for Eastern Studies Program at an ivy league 4-year university
    • Group Director at a large North American financial services company
    • Associate Director of Alumni Relations at a private 4-year university
    • Institutional Research Analyst at a community college
    • Assistant Vice President of Industry Relations at a non-profit higher education-focused company
    • Director of Undergraduate Admissions at a Catholic, 4-year liberal arts college

    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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