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MS in Higher Education

The MS in Higher Education is an online program that prepares students with the practical skills, knowledge, and experience to become professionals and leaders in higher education institutions, national and international associations and organizations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporations.

The program is designed to prepare students for their next steps, wherever they may be. Our students work toward career advancement, new careers or future doctoral studies. Students in the program include experienced higher education managers, professionals looking to change careers and recent bachelor’s degree recipients who are new to the field. Every Drexel student benefits from the invaluable real-world insights of their peers and Drexel faculty.

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. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. The MS in Higher Education 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. The graduate co-op program, an important feature of the degree program, provides invaluable field experience. 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.

Online Delivery

The MS in Higher Education is offered entirely online.

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

Drexel is the winner of the 2010 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education, demonstrating our commitment to providing accredited programs online. Our online students benefit from the same faculty and curriculum as our on-campus students.


Career opportunities in higher education are plentiful and diverse, and each requires a unique skill set. Drexel offers eight concentration areas, representing a wide range of careers in higher education.

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


At Drexel, we understand the challenges of taking on an advanced degree. With the success of our students in mind, we’ve designed an advisement program that supports students throughout their time at Drexel. We understand the multi-tasking that is required to add graduate study to work and life commitments and we offer a range of resources to keep you on track.

Every student is assigned an academic advisor to answer questions and address issues that arise during study, from course selection and program requirements to time management and networking with fellow students.

Students receive support in career placement and advancement, ranging from help in identifying career goals to accessing current job listings and networking opportunities.

Blackboard serves as an informal online support center where students can:

  • access course information
  • network with classmates, faculty, and program advisors
  • join discussion boards and share news
  • check job postings
  • access archived presentations
  • access online tutorials

If you would like to speak to the academic advisor for this program, please visit the Academic Advisor Directory.

Program Outcomes

With an MS in Higher Education from Drexel University, graduates are prepared to enter or advance in an exciting and highly rewarding career field.

Students graduate with an outstanding, recognized credential from one of the nation’s leading universities. Our graduates have assumed leadership roles in two and four-year colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, associations and government agencies.

Career Opportunities

The MS in Higher Education is an experiential program that offers intense preparation for many kinds of rewarding careers. Possibilities include:

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

Our graduates serve as managers, directors, and analysts in programs at private and public institutions of higher education all over the U.S.