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Master’s of Science (MS) Degree in Higher Education

Drexel University School of Education

The field of higher education offers many opportunities for professionals with exceptional leadership skills and expertise. By pursuing a master's degree in higher education, you are setting yourself up for a successful career in higher education administration. The higher education degree program’s objective is to develop self-motivated leaders with excellent communication and collaboration skills. Our graduates make meaningful contributions that benefit students and higher education as a whole.

For those interested in continuing their education in this rewarding field, Drexel’s Master’s in Higher Education is an ideal foundation for a doctoral degree in education management.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Higher Education?

With a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Drexel University, graduates are prepared to enter or advance in an exciting and highly rewarding career field. The Higher Education degree is offered 100% online and prepares students with the practical skills, knowledge, and experience to become professionals and leaders.

The program is designed to prepare students for their next steps, wherever they may be. Our students work toward:

  • Career advancement - get a competitive edge when you enroll in a higher education master’s program
  • New careers - broaden your education horizon and pursue a career that excites and fulfills your ambitions
  • Future doctoral studies - use a master’s degree in higher education as a stepping stone to achieve further educational endeavors, including a PhD or EdD

The Higher Education Master’s Program is an experiential program that offers intense preparation for many kinds of rewarding careers. Job opportunities may include:

  • National associations
  • International organizations
  • Non-profit and for-profit organizations/corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Executive search firms

Our graduates have assumed leadership roles in two and four-year colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, associations and government agencies. They serve roles such as managers, directors, and analysts in programs at private and public institutions of higher education all over the U.S.

Higher Education Master’s Program Options

The higher education graduate program at Drexel University’s School of Education is offered entirely online.

Drexel University has been offering online courses since 1996. We pride ourselves in delivering world-class educational opportunities in and out of the classroom. There are no fixed class hours, so students can work their education into their current schedules.

Students graduate with a primary concentration in higher education administration & leadership and an optional, secondary three-course concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Educational policy
  • Enrollment management
  • Institutional research and planning
  • Global and international education
  • Learning technologies and instructional design
  • Student development and affairs
  • Community college leadership and administration
  • Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction

Students may also design their own area of interest from over 35 elective courses available within the School of Education.

Graduate Higher Education Program Eligibility

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. The Higher Education Graduate Program admits new students for fall and spring terms.

Drexel’s highly interactive e-learning method allows extensive interaction with faculty and practitioners in higher education systems. Do not let distance be a deciding factor. Feel comfort in knowing you are getting a world class education from the location that is most suitable for you to get closer to your master’s in higher education.

Additionally, students will be required to participate in our graduate co-op program, an important feature of the higher education degree program. It provides invaluable field experience to further enforce concepts learned through the online portion of your degree. This co-op is designed to prepare you for the next stage of your career and can be completed with no interruption to your current work schedule.

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 Drexel Online's Completing Your Application Guide.

Higher Education Courses & Curriculum

Drexel’s Master’s in Higher Education consists of 14 courses with a total of 45 academic credits. The credits include:

  • 18 credit hours of core courses (6 courses)
  • 12 credit hours of primary concentration courses (4 courses)
  • 9 credit hours of secondary concentration or elective courses (3 courses)
  • 6 credit hours over two terms for the co-op research project

The higher education degree program can be completed over two years.

Within the primary concentration area of higher education administration and leadership, students are given the option of enrolling in a total of four concentration-area courses over three quarters.

Within the secondary concentration area, students are given the option of enrolling in a total of three concentration-area courses over two quarters. As an alternative to the secondary concentration, students are given the option to choose three courses from available courses within all of the concentration areas.

Higher Education Co-op Program

As an experiential program, the Master’s in Higher Education program prepares students for every outcome as higher education professionals. Students are assisted with finding a project or position related to their area of interest where they are confronted with the kind of problems they will ultimately face in a higher education professional setting.

The graduate co-op was developed specifically for students in a blended and/or online program by the university’s School of Education. The result is an action-research project that challenges students to act in a consulting capacity on a real life, higher education issue for a real employer. Students develop their own topic issue and apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout the program to identify a problem and solve it with a final, strategic recommendation.

The graduate co-op program as part of the higher education graduation requirements is completed towards the end of the program, and worked on during the course of two terms or 20 weeks for a total of six credits:

  • EDHE 715 Capstone: Co-op with portfolio (1.5 credits)
  • EDHE716 Capstone: Co-op with portfolio (4.5 credits)

The co-op (capstone) component of the Higher Education degree program offers an invaluable professional development opportunity.

How to Apply to the Master’s of Science in Higher Education Program

 The MS in Higher Education is offered 100% online. You can get started by filling out the Drexel Online application.