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Master of Science in Higher Education

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Friday, March 20, 2015 Apply Now

Preparing the Next Generation of Higher Education Leaders

The fast-expanding field of higher education offers countless opportunities for professionals with exceptional leadership skills and expertise. As a career path into this dynamic field, Drexel's accredited Master of Science in Higher Education (HE) offers an invaluable credential of leading-edge learning from one of the nation's top providers of educational programs. Graduates undergo rigorous preparation to lead complex administrative and management positions in university and college offices, national and international associations and organizations, government agencies, foundations, and corporations in the U.S. and around the world.

The 45-credit program consists of 14 courses and is delivered in a part-time, cohort format and is offered completely online. 

The HE offers an interdisciplinary, experiential curriculum of coursework drawn from Drexel’s School of Education. Foundation study provides a thorough overview of education from the colonial era to present day "virtual" models and examines the organizational and administrative structure of institutional hierarchy. Students explore the connection between the university and the community it serves, and acquire practical skills using the latest learning technologies and strategies, research, software applications, and management systems.

Students take a primary concentration in Higher Education Administration and Leadership and can select a secondary concentration* from one of the following areas:

  • Adult Education
  • Community College Administration and Leadership
  • Enrollment Management
  • Global and International Education
  • Higher Education Educational Policy
  • Institutional Development and University Relations
  • Institutional Research
  • Learning Technologies and Instructional Design
  • Student Development and Affairs

The objective of the accredited program is to develop self-motivated leaders who can communicate effectively and work collaboratively within the broadest context of a higher educational community. The capstone component of the HE, a graduate co-op with portfolio, offers invaluable career preparation. Students undertake an action-research project in which they are challenged to apply their newfound knowledge to identify and resolve a real-life issue in a professional setting.

The HE continues its commitment to success with its HE Dragon Mentoring Program, a rarity in online learning. New students are offered the option to be paired with a more advanced or knowledgeable member of the higher education community creating an invaluable source of support and networking opportunity.

Careers in higher education administration rank high are competitive in terms of salary, professional development, and room for innovation. For those interested in maximizing their potential in this rewarding field, HE offers a distinguished credential that is also an ideal foundation for doctoral study.

Students who do not select a secondary concentration from this selection may choose three educational elective courses of their choice. 

Drexel University’s School of Education is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Graduate Education Non-Matriculated Option

Students interested in continuing education requirements, Act 48 credits, or simply seeking professional development and only want to take a couple of classes should click here to learn more about our non-matriculated option.


Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for fall and spring terms.  Apply today!  


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