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Master of Science inHigher Education

Program Overview

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 new found 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.

MS in Higher Education Curriculum Map

Strengths

The only M.S. in Higher Education offered exclusively online. A curriculum that is uniquely suited for working in private, Christian universities.

Higher Education Courses

Core CoursesProgram Courses
MHE 5010 History and Foundations of Higher Education
MHE 5020 Student Affairs in Higher Education
MHE 5030 Organization, Governance and Finance
MHE 5040 The College Student
MHE 5050 Legal Issues in Higher Education
MHE 5060 Integrative Application Project 1
MHE 5070 Integrative Application Project 2
MHE 5080 Research Methods
MHE 5090 Leadership in Higher Education
MHE Electives Choose 3 additional electives

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. Three hours.

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. Three hours.

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. Three hours.

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. Three hours.

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. Three hours.

This course provides learners with the opportunity to further develop the capacity to properly and effectively use concepts from courses completed during the first year of the MSHE program in realistic problem solving settings. Students will demonstrate mastery of first year material by using that material to analyze and address an existing problem or question. Proper and effective use of these concepts includes: 1) use of individual concepts and 2) use of multiple concepts in an interdisciplinary manner. Properly addressing realistic problems includes: 1) specifying the problem, 2) analyzing the problem, and 3) formulating a solution to the problem. Three hours.

This course provides learners with the opportunity to further develop the capacity to properly and effectively use concepts from courses completed during the first year of the MSHE program in realistic problem solving settings. Students will demonstrate mastery of second year material by using that material to analyze and address an existing problem or question. Proper and effective use of these concepts includes: 1) use of individual concepts and 2) use of multiple concepts in an interdisciplinary manner. Properly addressing realistic problems includes: 1) specifying the problem, 2) analyzing the problem, and 3) formulating a solution to the problem. Three hours.

This course offers an introductory study of the principles and techniques of investigation and data collection in the field of higher education. The course will deal with techniques of organizing, conducting, analyzing, and presenting such data, with a focus on how such activities apply within the realm of a higher education professional. Three hours.

Students will engage a variety of leadership theories, models and organizational frameworks and then apply those theories, models, and structure to leading within the field of higher education. Because leadership in higher education is inherently organizational and undergoing tremendous change, a large portion of the course will be devoted to navigating change within organizational structures and utilizing the strengths of institutions. Three hours.

In addition to the above courses, students will take 3 electives to acquire the 36 credit hours required to complete the degree.

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Assistant Resident Director
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$49,000
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