MA in Higher Education Leadership for Changing Populations (online)

Education Department

Degrees offered





The online M.A. in Higher Education Leadership for Changing Populations is designed as a pathway for two types of professionals:  those already working in a college or university setting looking to advance to director-level positions; or those without higher education experience looking to break into the field.  Courses cover a range of topics and how they work in tandem including education policy, strategic planning, learning theory and more with optional concentrations in enrollment management or philanthropy.  Students in the program build the broad knowledge base and expertise of best practices, processes, and regulations needed to be successful in a college or university setting. 

Optional Concentrations

  • Enrollment Management
  • Philanthropy

Curiculum (30 credits, plus option 12 credit concentration)

      Changing Populations Core Courses (9 credits)

          EDU-557 Leadership (3)
          EDU-698 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Higher Education (3)
          EDU-760 Legislative and Legal Decisions affecting Changing Populations (3)

      Higher Education Core Courses (15 credits)

          EDU-722 Education and Policy Analysis for Higher Education (3)
          EDU-803 Assessment, Accreditation, and the Strategic Planning Process (3)
          EDU-804 Finance, Pilanthropy, and Budgeting in Higher Education (3
          Choose two of the following:
             EDM-500 Principles of Enrollment Management and Retention (3)
             EDU-677 Student Affairs: Policy, Planning, and Practice (3)
             EDU-699 Internship (3)
             PLAN-501 Principles of Philanthropic Development (3)

      Research Core Courses (6 credits)

          EDU-543 Reading, Analyzing, and Interpreting Education Research (3)
          EDU-567 Learning Theory and Practice (3)

      Optional Concentration - Enrollment Management (12 Credits)

          EDM-500  Principles of Enrollment Management and Retention (3)
          EDM-501  Financial Aid and Data Analytics for Enrollment Planning (3)
          EDM-502  Enrollment Marketing and Cofmmunications (3)
          EDM-503  Leadership and Strategic Planning for Enrollment Management Professionals

      Optional Concentration - Philanthropy (12 credits)

          NPM-545  Fundraising and Grant Writing (3)
          PLAN-501  Principles of Philanthropic Development (3)
          PLAN-502  Cultivating Donor Relations (3)
          PLAN-503  Communication and Branding (3)