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M.A. in OLPD
Higher Education

Higher education professionals are interdisciplinary by nature. They synthesize research findings from the humanities, the social sciences, and the business sector in order to create and sustain education that is accessible, beneficial, and pioneering. This Higher Education (HE) track program prepares you with the professional experience and the theoretical knowledge for a career in working in and with higher education institutions and systems.

Benefits

As a field, higher education is seeing rapid changes in its financial, political, and technological landscapes. Be prepared to take on the challenges of tomorrow in the field that supports all other disciplines. In this program, you will learn how to:

  • Unpack complicated issues in higher education and understand those issues from multiple vantage points,
  • Assess the performance of institutions of higher education and their components, and
  • Make informed administrative decisions based on the history, trends, and goals of an institution or unit to produce effective and impactful results.

Careers

  • Academic adviser
  • Career counselor
  • Director of undergraduate admissions
  • Financial aid adviser
  • Director of residence life
  • Director of student unions and activities

Coursework

  • Accelerated option: 30 credits completed in 1 year for full time students
  • Plan A option: 34 credits (with master's thesis) completed in 2 years for full time students
  • Plan B option: 30 credits (without thesis but with additional coursework) completed in 2 years for full time students
  • Curriculum
  • HE course offerings

Contact

Karen Miksch, Coordinator
Higher Education
612-625-3398 | miksc001@umn.edu