Graduate School - Higher Education

Jason Morris, Graduate Director   
ACU Box 29009
Abilene, Texas 79699-8252

Phone: 325-674-2830
Fax: 325-674-2123

Jeff Haseltine, Associate Professor
Jason Morris, Associate Professor
Jean-Noel Thompson, Assistant Professor


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   

Admission requirements for the MEd in higher education are:

  1. Complete an application and application fee (see online link to admission); 
  2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript 
      must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;  
  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 personal interview with the program director.  Contact Jason Morris to arrange the interview.

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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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