Educational Policy and Leadership Concentration: Specialization in Higher Education Administration

The Specialization in Higher Education Administration is designed for individuals interested in pursuing careers as higher education and/or student affairs administrators, faculty, researchers, and policy analysts in colleges, universities, and state and federal agencies. The program offers M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees.

The Master’s program is aimed at preparing students with the knowledge, competencies, skills, and ethics necessary to be successful in a profession which requires an understanding of multiculturalism and dedication to the holistic development of individuals. The program is the equivalent of a two-year full-time program.

The doctoral program is formally designated as a concentration within the department’s Policy and Leadership program. The program prepares students for careers as faculty, administrators, and policy analysts and is designed to develop the ability to understand and conduct high quality research aimed at improving professional practice, policy, and/or academic scholarship.

Highlights/Points of Pride

Our alumni work at institutions across the United States, including Duke, Amherst College, Elon University, Connecticut College, Lincoln University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland, UMass Amherst, University of Dayton, Babson, Pacific Lutheran, SUNY Purchase, Jacksonville University, Newberry College, Lesley College, Northeastern University

Our alumni serve as College Presidents, Faculty, Vice Chancellors of Student Affairs, and well as in other midlevel and entry-level higher education positions.

Our recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, The Journal of College Student Development, The Journal of College and Character, The Journal of American College Health, NACADA Journal, The International Journal of Doctoral Studies and the Journal of Further and Higher Education

Our research topics include higher education access, millennial students, doctoral education, the nature of student affairs at community colleges, collaboration, adult learners, faculty life, research methods employed by higher education scholars, social-sexual norms and behaviors, and political economy and critical social theory in higher education.

Required Courses

Master’s Program
The program requires 36 credits for graduation consisting of six required courses (Master’s Seminar 1, Master’s Seminar 2, Student Life Research, History of Higher Education, Practicum, and Integrative Seminar) and six elective courses.

Doctoral Program
The program requires 60 credits for graduation. 42 of these credits are courses; the remaining 18 are for the dissertation research. Students take a required Introduction to Inquiry course in their first semester, a required year-long Doctoral Seminar in Higher Education, a core of foundation courses, relevant specialization courses, and a series of research methodology courses.  They also complete a comprehensive examination and a dissertation.

Concentration Contacts

Benita J. Barnes (Associate Professor), Joseph B. Berger (Professor and Senior Associate Dean), Chrystal George Mwangi (Assistant Professor). Ryan Wells (Associate Professor), Gary Malaney (SAREO Coordinator and Adjunct Associate Professor), Elizabeth Williams (SAREO Associate Coordinator and Adjunct Assistant Professor), Katherine Hudson (Lecturer)