M.Ed. Higher Education Administration Concentration
“As a current higher education professional, the educational leadership program has assisted me in building upon the experience I have developed from working in student affairs and event services. The new higher education administration concentration will further connect current and new higher education professionals and create real experiences that usher strong educators practicing and learning at VCU.”
- Tyler Jarrett, M.Ed. ’22
The higher education administration concentration of the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is a 30-credit-hour program designed to prepare leaders in postsecondary settings. Students will learn to lead in areas such as academic advising, athletics, support and enrollment services. The curriculum includes content related to crisis leadership, funding, under-prepared and/or under-resourced students, and the growing need for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion of all stakeholders. Students will review historical and current trends impacting higher education and college environments. Students will learn to address diversity and multicultural issues on college campuses, as well as explore traditional and non-traditional environments. Students will also examine state and federal legislation, policy, and financial issues related to higher education.
Designed for full-time students and working professionals, this program can be completed in as little as 16 months. Higher education is a dynamic field with a wide diversity of institutions internationally. This program will prepare you for the future of higher education institutional leadership needs.
This program offers:
- Professional learning designed to prepare you as a transformative leader able to make a difference in higher education settings
- Research relevant learning outcomes will prepare students for a diversity of higher education settings and challenge current issues in the field
- From community colleges to urban institutions, learn about the institutions that build one of the largest industries in the United States
- Access to experienced faculty and instructor practitioners
- Online and face-to-face options
The School of Education's Higher Education Administration concentration requires 30 credit hours, consisting of the following:
|ADMS 618||Leadership for Educational Change and Improvement||3|
|ADMS 622||Understanding Diversity and Leading for Social Justice||3|
|ADMS 630||Understanding and Engaging School Communities||3|
|ADMS 633||Multiple Dimensions of Leadership||3|
|EDUS 660||Research Methods in Education||3|
|ADMS 612||Diversity in Higher Education||3|
|ADMS 615||Developmental Theories in Higher Education||3|
|ADMS 616||Higher Education Policy, Law and Finance||3|
|ADMS 619||Higher Education Administration||3|
|Select one of the following||3|
|ADMS 634||College Environments|
|ADMS 635||Critical Issues in Urban Higher Education|
|ADMS 636||Crisis Leadership in Higher Education|
|ADMS 637||Special Mission Institutions|
|ADMS 638||Community Colleges|
|ADMS 639||Enrollment Management in Higher Education|
|ADMS 660||Higher Education Internship|
|M.Ed. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education Concentration|
|Part-Time (30 Credit Hours)|
|Fall - Year 1:||ADMS 633: Multiple Dimensions of Leadership (3)|
|ADMS 619: Higher Education Administration (3)|
|Spring - Year 1:||ADMS 612: Diversity in Higher Education (3)|
|ADMS 615: Developmental Theories in Higher Education (3)|
|Summer - Year 1:||ADMS 618: Leadership for Educational Change and Improvement (3)|
|EDUS 660: Educational Research Methods (3)|
|Fall - Year 2||ADMS 622: Understanding Diversity and Leading for Social Justice (3)|
|ADMS 616: Higher Education Policy, Law, and Finance (3)|
|Spring - Year 2||ADMS 630: Understanding and Engaging Communities (3)|
|ADMS HE Elective (3)***|
|***For M.Ed. Higher Education Concentration: One of the following Higher Education Electives may be chosen: ADMS 634 College Environments; ADMS 635 Crisis Management in Higher Education; ADMS 637 Special Mission Institutions; ADMS 638 Community Colleges; ADMS 639 Enrollment Management in Higher Education; ADMS 660 Higher Education Internship.|
|Revised July 2021|
Please keep in mind exact course requirements may vary so consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any questions.
CONCENTRATION/VCU BULLETIN INFO
How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Fall
Application deadline: April 1
EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE Fall 2023: May 1
Late applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Resources and Checklists
Application checklist [PDF]
Please note, we suggest you identify the best concentration for your future career and connect with our Enrollment Management team and/or program coordinator if you have questions. Each application requires an individual application fee.
- Tell us your interest in pursuing an advanced degree in higher education administration.
- Talk about current and past roles in leadership and/or your leadership philosophy.
- Describe your involvement in higher education and how this program fits into your career goals.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Transcripts from previous academic work
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