Graduate School - Higher Education
The Master of Education in Higher Education, with an emphasis in college student affairs and conflict management, is a 36-hour program designed to prepare you for a professional career in a broad range of higher education settings.
Higher education is understood increasingly as a holistic enterprise that requires not only a traditionally organized discipline-oriented faculty but also a cadre of professionals trained in co-curricular concerns—matters that command great importance in the lives of college students but are not commonly the focus of classroom experiences. This program is designed both for working student development professionals who reside in a higher education setting and need advanced training and for recent college graduates who have an interest in working in higher education.
The program will prepare you to incorporate faith-based principles in professional practice. Graduates will be qualified for roles such as residence life director, academic advisor, international student coordinator, financial aid counselor, intramurals director, career services advisor and many others. The degree will also provide a solid foundation for future doctoral work in higher education.
This program is designed to provide learning that is both content-based and experiential and that is intentional in its consideration and integration of the role of Christian faith in the work of a higher education professional. Upon completion of this program, students will be knowledgeable about and competent in:
- Resource management in higher education
- Diversity and intercultural issues
- Conflict resolution
- Assessment and evaluation
- Student development
- Legal and ethical issues in higher education
- Student spiritual formation
- Research methodology
Admission requirements for the MEd in higher education are:
1. Complete an application and application fee (see online link to admission);
2. Complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or comparable non-U.S. university (see specific department for any additions or exceptions);
3. A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA;
4. Two letters of recommendation;
5. A written purpose statement describing the applicant’s reasons for wishing to enter the higher education program and future career plans; and
6. A persona interview with the program director. Contact Jason Morris to arrange the interview.
Major Code: HIGH
Requirements for the MEd in higher education are:
1. Core courses – online and residential tracks (21 hours)
HIED 611 Foundations of Higher Education
HIED 613 Introduction to Student Services
HIED 621 Research and Assessment in Higher Education
HIED 622 College Students and Student Developmental Theory
HIED 632 Spiritual Development in College Students
HIED 635 Higher Education Resource Management
HIED 643 Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education
2. Online track (Emphasis Conflict Management)
CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication
CONR 605 Negotiation and Mediation
CONR 610 Managing Conflict in the Workplace
HIED 695 Internship with Embedded Capstone
3. Residential track (Emphasis in College Student Development) 15 hours
HIED 623 Individual, Group and Organizational Interventions
HIED 641 Trends, Issues and Problems in Higher Education (Capstone)
HIED 693 Supervised Practicum
SOCI 542 Cultural Diversity
Elective – Choose (with approval) a course with an emphasis in student or human development
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