Master of Science in Higher Education

The Master of Science in Higher Education (M.S.) program is for individuals who aspire to assume leadership roles within higher education institutions or for higher education professionals who seek career advancement.  The program supports the mission of the university by preparing ethical and compassionate higher education professionals who are able to contribute to the improvement of society. Throughout the program, students are challenged with authentic problem-based learning experiences that require skilled decision-making. The culminating internship or project-based experience provides valuable experience in solving the contemporary problems higher education professionals are currently facing.


Higher Education Major (33 semester hours)
Core Requirements (21 semester hours)
Methods of Educational Research (3)
Historical Foundations & Future Implication in American Hghr Ed (3)
Organizational Systems in American Higher Education (3)
Assessment & Evaluation in American Higher Education (3)
Intercultural Competence in American Higher Education (3)
Leadership in American Higher Education (3)
Professional Project in American Higher Education (3) OR Internship in American Higher Education* (3)

*Internship only available in selected states. Contact the College of Education at 815-740-6124 for additional information.


Electives (12 semester hours)

Choose 4 courses from the following:
Organization and Team Leadership (3)
Leading Continuous Improvement (3)
Access, Enrollment & Success in American Higher Education (3)
Student Affairs Profession Practice in Higher Education (3)
Adult Learning and Development (3)
Program Development (3)
E-Learning: Evolving Theory and Practices (3)
Strategic Planning and Budgeting (3)
Interpersonal and Group Communications (3)
Management of E-Learning (3)
Applied Research and Evaluation (3)

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