Kaplan University

MS in Higher Ed - College Administration and Leadership

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education, College Administration and Leadership specialization program is designed to prepare students for leadership and administration positions in postsecondary institutions. Read more about the Kaplan University Master of Science in Higher Education, College Administration and Leadership specialization program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education, College Administration and Leadership specialization program is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to pursue work in the academic programs and departments of postsecondary settings. In addition to completing a core curriculum focused on foundations of higher education, students can also take courses that emphasize institutional research, departmental leadership, and academic program assessment. Students who enroll in this program have the option of choosing a thesis or nonthesis track.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

50 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

Required Courses for a Master of Science in Higher Education, College Administration and Leadership Specialization:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements - Thesis Track

  • HE 510: Foundations of Higher Education (5 credits)
  • HE 520: Higher Education Laws and Regulations (5 credits)
  • HE 530: Higher Education Organization and Governance (5 credits)
  • HE 540: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education (5 credits)
  • HE 550: Higher Education Finance (5 credits)
  • IX 540: Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology (5 credits)
  • HE 601: Master's Thesis Proposal (5 credits)
  • HE 602: Master's Thesis Defense (5 credits)

Core Requirements - Nonthesis Track

  • HE 510: Foundations of Higher Education (5 credits)
  • HE 520: Higher Education Laws and Regulations (5 credits)
  • HE 530: Higher Education Organization and Governance (5 credits)
  • HE 540: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education (5 credits)
  • HE 550: Higher Education Finance (5 credits)
  • IX 540: Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology (5 credits)

Specialization Requirements

Nonthesis track students must complete the following four courses. Thesis track students must choose two of the four courses.

  • HE 511: Departmental and Divisional Leadership (5 credits)
  • HE 513: Institutional Research and Strategic Planning (5 credits)
  • HE 515: Educational Program Assessment (5 credits)
  • HE 543: Assessment of Online Learning Programs (5 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Kaplan University's MS in Higher Ed - College Administration and Leadership program is designed to help prepare students to pursue leadership roles in higher education administration. This program could also help current education professionals to seek more advanced roles in the field.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • College administrator
  • College dean
  • Director of student activities
  • Director of student aid
  • Education administrator
  • Financial aid administrator

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