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OLPD M.A.: Higher Education (HE)


The master of arts (M.A.) degree in organizational leadership, policy, and development with a program track in higher education (HE) provides an opportunity for intensive study of the policies and organizational issues in higher education institutions and systems.

HE focuses on the experiences, practices, and decisions of those involved in post-secondary education, as well as on the sociopolitical contexts in which higher education exists. Areas of specialization include administration and organization, policy, college students, external relations, equity-oriented change, and research integrity.

Note: Click here if you are looking for the Multicultural College Teaching and Learning M.A.

Who enrolls in this program?
Students enrolled in higher education are the future leaders, university administrators, educators, policy analysts and researchers in the field of higher education. The program is selective and is limited to 25 students each year. All new students begin the program in the fall semester.

What will my program look like?
The M.A. requires that students take at least 34 credits (Plan A) or 30 credits (Plan B & accelerated) of coursework. Typically, a course that meets once a week throughout the semester is three credits. Students may complete the course work on either a full-time or part-time basis.

What is the difference between Plan A and Plan B?
Plan A requires a thesis that represents original scholarship, while Plan B requires an extensive paper focusing on an area of the student's interest. Please communicate with program faculty to determine which program is best for your professional goals.

See HE curriculum details.

How long will my M.A. program take?
Attending full time, students can complete the accelerated option in one calendar year. Many students are employed full time and spread their coursework over 2 years (including summers). M.A. students must successfully complete their coursework, Plan B paper or final oral examination to receive their degree. All degree requirements must be completed within seven years after starting the program including any previous coursework that may be transferred into the program.


Questions regarding the admissions process, admissions documents, or general information about the program should be directed to:

Dr. Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Specific questions regarding course content should be directed to:

Dr. Karen Miksch
Coordinator, Higher Education Program Track

Revised October 18, 2017


Applications for are due February 1, 2018 for Fall semester start.

Admission requirements

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Note: Click here if you are looking for the Multicultural College Teaching and Learning M.A.