Ohio University

Master's in Higher Education Online

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Program Code:  ME6276

The Online Master’s in Higher Education program is 100% designed for individuals who wish to advance their knowledge and skills while working within higher education settings. 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.  It is our intention to 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
  • Manage and teach ethically
  • Commit to lifelong professional development

Curriculum & 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 Master's of Higher Education program must complete 34 credit hours. Below is an example of the curriculum for the Master's degree program in Higher Education

  Course Credits
Fall  Introduction to Higher Education and Student Affairs 3
Fall College Student Development 4
Spring Research Methods 4
Spring International & Comparative Education 3
Summer Policy Perspectives in Higher Education 3
Summer Organization & Governance 3
Summer Finance & Budgeting 3
Fall Diversity in Higher Education 3
Fall Special Topics 3
Spring Capstone Project 3
Spring Leadership & Change 3


Application and Admission Information­

The Application Deadline for Spring 2020 is December 15, 2019. This program is offered online. We are accepting applications for Spring 2020 only.  After Spring 2020, the next Master's in Higher Education online cohort will begin in Fall 2021.

  1. Completed Online Graduate Admissions Application and an application fee of $50
  2. Submission of transcripts of bachelor's degree work
  3. If undergraduate GPA is < 2.9 (4.0 scale) overall or < 3.25 for the last 90 quarter or equivalent semester hours, applicants must submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); if GPA exceeds these levels, no test scores are required.
  4. Autobiographical Sketch/Personal Statement (2-3 pages)
    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.

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Higher Education and Student Affairs 
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