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Master's in Higher Education Online

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Program Code: ME6276

OHIO's Online Master’s in Higher Education program offers asynchronous online classes to complete in 5 semesters (30 credit hours) with a theory-to-practice model. It is designed for individuals who wish to advance their knowledge and skills while working within higher education settings. It’s also a perfect fit for those who want to transition into a career in higher education administration because it’s designed for working professionals. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for careers in higher education administration is strong.

The program provides participants with a broad knowledge of the history, purposes, and contexts of higher education; leadership; organizational dynamics; the learning environment; and research concepts and methods. We will help our students:

  • Receive and understand expert knowledge about American Higher Education, including
    • History, purposes, and contexts of Higher Education
    • Higher education management and leadership
    • Organizational perspectives
    • Teaching and learning
    • Research concepts and methods
  • Translate knowledge into excellent practice
  • Promote the development of opportunity and diversity throughout higher education

Program Learning Objectives

At the end of the program, students will be able to

  1. comprehend relevant historical, organizational, governance, financial, diversity, policy, campus environments, and other contemporary issues concerning higher education.  
  2. apply the necessary knowledge, theories, and methods to critically analyze and evaluate relevant higher education policy and conceptual and theoretical literature; and
  3. integrate theory and practice through course assignments and a capstone experience. 

Faculty Diversity Statements

"I believe it is important to move past lip service when it comes to diversity and social justice issues. To affect change, we have to develop the intellectual tools and political savvy to understand and challenge structural inequality. My goal as an educator is to teach the knowledge and skills necessary to help students advocate for more equitable systems." —Dr. Laura Harrison

"College is a time of great opportunity for discovery about identity, culture, and community. As someone who has been around college campuses for over 40 years, I recognize that learning about diversity and social justice issues is not about a destination, but a journey filled with amazement, deep joy, and profound personal challenge. As an educator, I believe my role is to expose students to people and ideas that help them love who they are; to learn about, acknowledge and celebrate the gifts of others; and to develop the tools and skills to shape local and global communities that honor everyone’s potential." —Dr. Peter Mather

"As an Asian woman and faculty member who came from a foreign country, I know I only can thrive in a campus culture that ensures diversity, inclusivity and equity. This culture is what I am committed to nurturing and maintaining among all the students in my classes. The overarching theme of my higher education research is education equity, which is primarily examined from the financial and international perspectives. I also actively advocate for minority students and faculty through my service activities at the university and in the Athens County community." —Dr. Lijing Yang

Curriculum and Requirements

The master's degree program in Higher Education provides basic knowledge about Higher Education and responds to a broad range of individual needs. Elective courses complement the student's program of study to correspond with the student's background and career aspirations. Candidates for the program must complete 30 credit hours. Below is an example of the curriculum for the master's degree program in Higher Education:

Term Course Credits
Fall EDCP 5220 Campus Environments 3
Fall  EDRE 5010 Introduction to Educational Research Methods 3

EDHE 6880 Higher Education and Student Affairs in the United States

Spring EDHE 7790 Finance and Budgeting in Higher Education 3
Summer EDHE 7210 Diversity in American Higher Education     3
Summer EDHE 7850 Organization and Governance of Higher Education 3
Fall EDHE 7860 Leadership and Change Management in Higher Education 3
Fall EDHE 7880 Policy Perspectives in Higher Education 3
Spring EDHE 6940 Capstone Project in Higher Education and Student Affairs 3
Spring EDHE 5885 Historical and Contemporary Issues in Higher Education 3


Tuition and Fees

Please check the Bursar's website for the latest information. 

Application and Admission Information­

New students can begin the Masters in Higher Education online program at any time. Ohio University employees must apply early to allow time to complete the university's conflict of interest review.  

Requirements for the application are:

  1. Completed OHIO Graduate Application and non-refundable application fee of $50
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required.
  3. Submission of official transcripts from bachelor's degree work and any institution from which graduate coursework was attempted, regardless of whether or not a degree has been or is being completed.
  4. Autobiographical Sketch/Personal Statement (2-3 pages, double-spaced)
    The autobiographical sketch provides a sample of your writing. It should tell us about you as an applicant and address important factors in your life journey that have shaped your interest in Higher Education and brought you to apply to this program.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. A current resume or curriculum vitae.

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