Higher Education Online Graduate Programs

Lead with Passion. Lead with People. Be a force for positive change.

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Take your career in higher education to the next level

with the Higher Education Leadership & Administration Graduate Certificate or Master of Education (MEd) in Higher Education at UMass Amherst. Both programs are 100 percent online, and designed for current and future higher education leaders seeking additional training. 

Higher Education Leadership & Administration Graduate Certificate

Focused on developing the administrative and interpersonal skills needed to excel in a higher education leadership role, the five-course Leadership & Administration Graduate Certificate is a mix of theory and practice. You’ll learn to become a better listener, recognize opportunities, and make a meaningful impact, whether as an administrator, faculty member, researcher, policy analyst, or student affairs professional. Courses can be tailored toward community college leaders and educators in the community college track. 

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education

Our M.Ed. in Higher Education online program is designed with the busy professional in mind. Our students already work in higher education or an adjacent field and typically have several years of experience in positions such as academic advisor, financial aid counselor, or cultural center director. All fifteen credits from the Leadership & Administration Graduate Certificate can be applied towards any of our higher education master’s or doctoral degrees. You will have opportunities to connect with students, instructors, and alums through cross-cohort digital platforms and professional development webinars. 


Transformative Learning

Through a mix of theory and practice, you will create a case study that can immediately impact your current work.

Our curriculum is based on a deep commitment to social justice and student success.

In Demand

Demand for higher education leaders is projected to grow 10% through 2026.

College degrees are becoming essential to achieving career goals.

Flexible & Efficient

Designed to complete on a schedule that fits with your busy life. Move at your own pace.

Take multiple courses at a time or spread courses out over several semesters.

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