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Capstone/Co-op Requirement

MS in Higher Education

Putting Your New-Found Skills to the Test

As an experiential program, the MS in Higher Education prepares students for every outcome as higher education professionals. To this end, each course serves as a building block towards students’ final capstone/graduate co-op. 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 on the job.

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 is completed towards the end of the degree 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)

Titles of previous student co-op projects include:

  • "Student Learning Resource Centers, Impact on Retention and Graduation Rates"
  • "The Past, Present, and Future of SAT Scores in the Admission Process at Roger Williams University"
  • "Developing a Diverse Workplace in Higher Education"
  • "Recommendations to Improve Retention at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania"
  • "Models for Online Mentoring and its Role in Retention and Engagement"
  • "Adult Learning, Theory, and Practice: The Saturday Scholars Program at Drexel University"

NOTE: For co-op/capstone course — If you are currently employed, you may use your work at your current place of employment to fulfill this requirement, but students must go above and beyond your current job function.