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  • Master’s in Higher Education Online

    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. 

    Optional Concentrations

    • Community College Administration and Leadership
      Learn skills and competencies put forth by the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC,) including organizational strategy, resource management, and advocacy.
    • Education Policy
      Acquire the tools to analyze, craft, and implement educational policy effectively.
    • Enrollment Management
      Build a strong understanding of enrollment processes and develop a deep knowledge of contemporary issues and legal problems in enrollment management.
    • Global and International Education
      Review the complex economic, political, cultural, and social structures that shape learning in different parts of the world.
    • Learning Technologies and Instructional Design
      Explore new learning technologies and trends, applying them toward solving problems in the ever-evolving technical landscape of education.
    • Neuroscience, Learning, and Online Instruction
      Gain an understanding of the principles of neuroanatomy, neuroscience, cognitive processing, and learning theory, and how to apply these skills to online instruction.
    • Student Development and Affairs
      Learn how to make colleges supportive, learning rich environments for all students ranging from traditional to adult students.

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    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 500 Foundations of Higher Education 3.0
    EDHE 510 Governance, Management, & Administration in Higher Education 3.0
    EDHE 520 Student Development & Customer Service Management 3.0
    EDHE 530 Higher Education Law 3.0
    EDHE 602 Managing Campus Operations 3.0
    Capstone Requirement  
    EDU 780 Capstone Research 3.0
    Select one of the following capstone tracks: 6.0-7.5
    Lesson Study  
    EDUL 780 Lesson Study Capstone Course I    
    EDUL 781 Lesson Study Capstone Course II
    EDUT 780 Thesis Capstone Course I
    EDUT 781 Thesis Capstone Course II  
    EDUP 780 Practitioner Capstone Course I
    EDUP 781 Practitioner Capstone Course II
    Primary Concentration in Higher Education Administration and Leadership  
    Complete four of the following:  
    EDHE 540 Outcomes, Assessments, & Continuous Improvement 3.0
    EDHE 601 Strategic Planning & Evaluation 3.0
    EDHE 606 Higher Education Career Development 3.0
    or EDHE 608 Leadership for Learning
    EDHE 669 Diversity in Higher Education 3.0
    or EDGI 506 Comparative Higher Education Systems
    Electives or Secondary Concentration (See Below) 9.0
    Select either any three elective courses (from offerings within the School of Education) or three courses within the secondary concentrations offered. Courses within your primary concentration do not count as electives.  
    Total Credits 45.0-46.5


    Electives or Secondary Concentration

    Global and International Education  
    Select three of the following:  
    EDGI 500 Introduction to Global, International, & Comparative Education 3.0
    EDGI 506 Comparative Higher Education Systems 3.0
    EDGI 510 Culture, Society, & Education in Comparative Perspective 3.0
    EDGI 512 Globalization and Educational Change 3.0
    EDGI 518 Analysis of Policy Issues in Global & International Education 3.0
    Education Policy  
    EDPO 620 Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications 3.0
    Select two of the following:  
    EDPO 624 The Shaping of American Education Policy: Global Forces, Interest Groups, and Politics 3.0
    EDPO 632 Ethics in Educational Policy Making 3.0
    EDPO 636 Access & Equity in Educational Policy Making 3.0
    EDPO 640 Educational Policy-Making Tactics & Influence 3.0
    Community College Administration and Leadership  
    Select three of the following:  
    EDHE 634 Proposal Writing & Sponsored Project Management 3.0
    EDHE 664 Strategies for Educational Success 3.0
    EDHE 668 Transformational Leadership 3.0
    EDHE 669 Diversity in Higher Education 3.0
    Enrollment Management  
    Select three of the following:  
    EDHE 650 Introduction to Enrollment Management 3.0
    EDHE 652 Enrollment Marketing, Recruitment, & Retention 3.0
    EDHE 654 Financial Aid & Enrollment Management 3.0
    EDHE 656 Enrollment Management Database Systems & Management 3.0
    Learning Technologies and Instructional Design  
    Select three of the following:  
    EDLT 532 Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience 3.0
    EDLT 536 Learning Sciences and Instructional Design 3.0
    EDLT 537 Technologies for Performance Support 3.0
    EDLT 550 Introduction to Instructional Design 3.0
    ELL 502 E-Learning Technologies 3.0
    Student Development and Affairs  
    Select three of the following:  
    EDHE 652 Enrollment Marketing, Recruitment, & Retention 3.0
    EDHE 662 Critical Issues in Student Affairs 3.0
    EDHE 663 Safety and Crisis Management 3.0
    EDHE 664 Strategies for Educational Success 3.0
    EDHE 669 Diversity in Higher Education 3.0
    Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction  
    IPS 553 Neuroscience of Learning 3.0
    IPS 554 Online Neuropedagogy, Regulations, & Online Instruction 3.0
    IPS 600 Capstone: Applying Neurobiology to Online Instruction 3.0

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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.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • Personal Statement (500 - 750 words) describing your interest in the program. Specifically:
      • How the program relates to your previous educational and professional activities
      • If changing course, why you're moving in this new direction with your educational goals
      • How the program relates to your current line of work
      • How you plan to apply the program to your future goals
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2019-2020 is $978 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1303 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.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu 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; Academics360.com; 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

    2019-2020 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

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