The Master of Science in Higher Education program offers students a unique curriculum that starts with a look at the historical context of the field and builds a keen and well-rounded appreciation for the institution of higher education. Then it focuses on today’s college student, taking a close look at the issues of diversity and social and cultural trends. The program moves on to legal, governance and finance issues, and finishes with intensive research and two internships, which place a student in the field to utilize newfound knowledge and establish the groundwork for competence in the working world.
This program is the only Master of Science in Higher Education offered exclusively online, taught by professors who all have terminal degrees and extensive experience in the field. The online format will enable you to maintain your professional responsibilities and keep your personal commitments. Students completing a Master of Science in Higher Education will graduate with a biblically sound, balanced view of the field, a current awareness of the trends in higher education, and a sharpened perception of the world acquired through assessment, evaluation, and research.
Examples of courses in this major:
This course is designed to introduce students in how the institution of higher education has been shaped by major trends in American society. It will look at the historic development, structure, roles, and diverse characteristics of both private and public sectors of higher education, how they have contributed to the development of our country, and what might be expected of higher education in the future. Additional focus on how Christian heritage and how that has been a theme in the development of higher education.
This course will be an intense study of theory and developmental patterns which are necessary in guiding the student affairs professional. Content is designed to increase the understanding of how student services, activities, health and wellness, and all areas of student affairs are organized, administered, and assessed.
This course will examine key administrative and financing structures used within higher educational institutions. This will include budgeting processes, sources of revenue, types of expenditures, and analyzing social, political, economic, and technological environments. The focus will also be on factors influencing strategic level decision making, structure, governance model, human resources, change management and leadership culture.
This course examines the patterns of college students from several different viewpoints. You will learn distinctives and differences in generational cohorts, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, as well as other characteristics of the American college student.
This course focuses on persistent legal and ethical issues which confront today’s leaders in higher education. You will learn to recognize concerns while processing and analyzing law in areas such as student rights and privacy laws, sexual harassment, tort liability, federal, and judicial reputations, distinction between public and private sectors, all the while learning and understanding the need for clear judicial affairs policy.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.M., William Tyndale College; M.A. in Counseling, Eastern Michigan University; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University
Dr. James Swanson, Vice President for Academic and Student Services, joined the Grace College faculty in 1995. In addition to his role in student life, he is an instructor in the GOAL Program and for the School of Behavioral Sciences. He has professional counseling licenses in Michigan and Indiana. His special interests include marriage and family, addictions, statistics, and crisis intervention.
B.A. in Elementary Education, Grace College; M.A. in Counseling, Grace College; Psy.D. in Clinical Pyschology, Adler School of Professional Pyschology
Dr. Musser has a passion for instilling hope to hurting people and is especially interested in women's issues and social justice. She has a long history with Grace College having worked in the Student Affairs office, taught in the Graduate Department of Counseling and Interpersonal Relations, and now as the Director of Health and Counseling.
B.S. in Secondary Education, Taylor University; M.Ed. in Sport Science, Ashland University; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Indiana State University
Dr. Raikes serves as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness for Grace College & Seminary. With 14 years of higher education experience at three different institutions as faculty member, administrator and coach, he has particular interests in student success and organizational effectiveness.
B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing, University of Dayton; M.B.A., University of Dayton; Doctor of Management in Community College Policy & Administration, University of Maryland
Roger Bingham comes to Grace College with more than 16 years in higher education. Prior to his current position, he served in leadership roles in the Ivy Tech community College system covering Student Affairs, finance and facilities. Dr. Bingham has also worked for private industry and the federal government. His family includes his wife and three teenage children.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
Student affairs administrators oversee the delivery of programs for primary, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions. These education professionals create, implement and manage pupil support services groups and plan and arrange social networking events for student groups. They may evaluate and modify events to prevent on-campus conflicts and manage and monitor expenditures to ensure program funds are allocated accordingly. A student affairs administrator will help to encourage student participation in organizational events, as well as participating in meetings or conferences as a school representative.
A dean of students oversees all non-education programs that are administered to students at a college or university, including student organizations, health services and social activities. They also serve as a counselor and sound board to students in all aspects of their school lives. Their primary objective is to ensure that each student adjust to and thrive within the educational environment. The dean of students also oversees all of an institution's nonacademic programs and activities, including but not limited to: student activities, Greek life, athletics, recreation, security and safety, food service, student counseling and student housing. The dean also coordinates all major social events that take place on campus. Additionally, they serve as a liaison between students, alumni, parents, school management and the external community.
A resident director has the task of selecting, training and supervising the residential staff and managing the operations related to residence halls. Resident directors provide helpful services to students, which can include everything from counseling to cultural and learning programming. They are also responsible for coordinating the administrative operations and participating in the general planning and governance of residence hall schemes. Therefore, these professionals play important role in the functioning of the residences and supervising the students who work as the resident assistants in the residence halls, colleges etc.
An assistant resident director has the task assisting the resident director in selecting, training and supervising the residential staff and managing the operations related to residence halls. They could be responsible for recruiting, selecting, and training resident assistants and monitoring work performance; developing and implementing the staff training and other development programs; evaluating the works of the resident assistants regularly; establishing and maintaining good deal of communication with the students who live in the residence halls; serving as an intermediary whenever necessary in order to furnish solutions for problems amongst students and helping to maintain consciousness about the community issues for those students who reside in these residences.
A director of campus activities is responsible for coordination of the complete campus activities program, including scheduling events and facilities, supervising student organizations, and monitoring the system of accounting for organizations. Responsibilities include advising student government, publications, physical recreation and club sports, and occasionally intramural sports. Job responsibilities may be combined with those of assistant director for programs. A director of campus activities must demonstrate an ability to sustain communication with diverse groups, anticipate problems, reconcile conflicts, and maintain a strong philosophical base for student activities.
A university chaplain is to a college what a pastor, priest, or minister is to a church. A chaplain has a variety of duties, but their most pressing job is to serve the religious needs of students at the school. The chaplain must counsel students, write sermons for services at the school, and be available to support the student body, administrators, and professors in the event of a tragic situation. A chaplain must genuinely love people and care about the struggles and needs of the university population, and must be able to provide spiritual guidance and support and have thorough knowledge of the Bible.
The Director of Campus Ministry is responsible for providing directly or overseeing all ministry programs and efforts directed toward students of the university in order to help them grow in their adult faith and create a religiously vibrant campus community. They are responsible to plan, direct, and coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of the denominational group. They may be responsible to provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems. The campus ministries director needs to interact within and across departmental lines and be able to network and communicate effectively among the constituents of the organization.
The ministry team leader is accountable to the executive director for training and performance of all ministry staff, including interns and volunteers. They will work closely with the executive director in the recruitment and selection of new ministry staff including paid staff, interns, and volunteer staff. They will also be accountable for the intake and training of all volunteers. The ministry team leader is responsible for general oversight of all trips and events, including general operating events. That oversight will include scheduling, paperwork, logistics, volunteer coordination and fundraising. They also may be asked to assist with ministry and/or project assignments as determined by the executive director, as well as regular attendance of staff meetings and staff prayer meetings.
A learning center coordinator is responsible to directly supervise and coordinate the activities of clerical and administrative support workers; train or instruct employees in job duties or company policies or arrange for training to be provided and supervise the work of office, administrative, or customer service employees to ensure adherence to quality standards, deadlines, and procedures. They also may be responsible to discuss job performance problems with employees to identify causes and issues and work on resolving problems, participate in the work of subordinates to facilitate productivity or to overcome difficult aspects of work, and evaluate employees' job performance and conformance to regulations and recommend appropriate personnel action.
Career services representatives work in a variety of settings, including academic institutions, high schools, governmental agencies and community employment centers. They assist their clients in gaining valuable job search and placement skills, coach their clients through resume development, phone interviews and personal interviews and offer workshops to service a larger number of clients or provide one-on-one education based on the setting. Since one of the primary functions of a career services representative is to develop strong relationships with community employers, career services representatives must be able to develop relationships and be active in the community.
The primary responsibilities of a recreational and intramural sports director include coordinating game and tournament schedules, securing and overseeing the maintenance of facilities and developing rules and guidelines for participants and volunteers. Directors also must set and maintain program budgets, oversee the training of all officials and league personnel and secure all necessary equipment. If a current sports program doesn’t exist, a recreational or intramural sports director will be required to design and implement a new program to meet the needs of the community or student body.
The coordinator of experiential leadership provides vision and guidance in strategic direction for an organization’s experiential programs as well as fulfilling general clinical practice faculty responsibilities (clinical practice, teaching, service and research). The position requires flexibility, adaptability and creativity. The coordinator will provide vision, strategic direction and managerial support of the experiential programs, provide leadership and coordination of the daily operations, provide and assist in strategic planning for new sites and preceptors for the experiential programs, and develop and implement outcomes-driven assessment of experiential courses.