Higher Education Administration M.S.Ed.

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Develop strategy, versatility, and confidence in one of three innovative tracks.

Accepting applications for Fall 2024.

Confront the Issues

  • Skilled professionals emerge from our M.S.Ed. program well-prepared for diverse roles in college and university administration and ready to tackle today’s challenges from a broad-based, highly informed perspective.
  • Working pros who already have master’s degrees can earn one of our certificates in Enrollment Management or Student Life & Development to extend skills and credentials.

Shape the Future

Because of our strong emphasis on research and theory, our graduates are highly prepared not only as practitioners but also as potential candidates for Ph.D. and other doctoral studies.

  • We also are known for stressing communication skills, especially strong writing, and students are regularly required to write case-study analyses based in research and theory.
  • Our track record is exemplified by our graduates: A great majority (89%) in 2017 acquired middle-management positions in higher education or advanced at their current institutions, and 11% pursued graduate studies.
  • The University of Miami was a pioneer in strategic enrollment management and started the nation’s first EM-centered program two decades ago.
  • Today, we’re the only higher education graduate program in which EM is at the base of every concentration – as well as the only program that focuses on predictive modeling.
  • More than 90% of our master’s students add value to their M.S.Ed. by concurrently earning a certificate outside their chosen track.
  • Practical experience opportunities in our MSEd program build students’ skills, confidence, and resumes. Graduate administrative assistantships in Student Affairs offices foster the teamwork, strategic planning, and information flow of effective higher education administration and typically pay $18,000/year in regular stipends. They are limited, so apply here. Similarly, in the EPS 754 course, students do yearlong practicums in diverse offices at UM and other institutions that emphasize real-world theoretical applications and reflective analysis.

Choose Your Path

Interested in enrollments? Student life? Research to guide policy? Here's a brief downloadable overview of all 3 tracks.

Enrollment Management

(33 credit hours) is an interdisciplinary collaboration of the School of Education & Human Development and the Division of Enrollment Management, integrating theory, research and effective communication with applications to daily practice. This track, which includes courses in the School of Business Administration, instills understanding of enrollments from first contact with prospective students through matriculation, graduation and beyond with an eye on today’s most pressing issues. Research, teamwork, strategic planning and a capstone project are emphasized.

Student Life & Development

(36 credit hours) provides a solid foundation for supporting undergraduate student success in the transition from high school and adjustment to college, and in how college ultimately affects students in psychosocial, cognitive, moral and other ways. This track instills deep understanding of diverse college students, their families and their communities, and promotes ways to enhance academic achievement and ensure persistence and graduation. A practicum is required; opportunities include student affairs, financial aid, career planning, academic advising and support, housing, dining, alumni and more.

Institutional Research

(33 credit hours) focuses on conducting research to increase the effectiveness of postsecondary institutions. Practitioners in this growing field serve colleges, universities and other educational systems in many different capacities. Studies extend beyond integrating research into administrative and policy initiatives to understanding state and federal policies, higher education foundations, statistics and data analytics. A hands-on practicum in institutional research completes the experience.