Online Master of Education in Higher Education

An advanced degree empowers many to reach for their dreams. Yet, the college or university experience goes beyond classes and coursework. School culture shows students they’re valued and guides them toward their goals — be it through curriculum, experiential opportunities or campus support services. To help uplift current and future generations, Abilene Christian University’s online Master of Education in Higher Education degree program equips you with a scholar-practitioner perspective rooted in research and influenced by faith-based principles to evaluate programs, shape policy, grow enrollment, and nurture students along their journey.

This outlook prepares you to compassionately and strategically propose solutions that consider all learners, tackle challenges facing higher education institutions, transform its culture to embrace all individuals, and overhaul its mission and vision. With a flexible, fully online format emphasizing applied concepts, the M.Ed. in Higher Education accommodates those looking to move up in the field or pivot from an industry to administrative role. 

An advanced degree empowers many to reach for their dreams. Yet, the college or university experience goes beyond classes and coursework. School culture shows students they’re valued and guides them toward their goals — be it through curriculum, experiential opportunities or campus support services. To help uplift current and future generations, Abilene Christian University’s online Master of Education in Higher Education degree program equips you with a scholar-practitioner perspective rooted in research and influenced by faith-based principles to evaluate programs, shape policy, grow enrollment, and nurture students along their journey.

This outlook prepares you to compassionately and strategically propose solutions that consider all learners, tackle challenges facing higher education institutions, transform its culture to embrace all individuals, and overhaul its mission and vision. With a flexible, fully online format emphasizing applied concepts, the M.Ed. in Higher Education accommodates those looking to move up in the field or pivot from an industry to administrative role. 

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Shepherd the Next Generation of Students While Advancing Your Career

Gain the skills to make a greater impact in the field of higher education. ACU’s vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community embraces your drive to support you in deepening your faith and uncovering your vocation. 

About the Program

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The online Master of Education in Higher Education (M.Ed.), with concentrations in Academic Advising, Student Affairs Leadership, and Conflict Resolution, prepares you for a broad range of administrative, financial aid, student affairs, programming, policy, or academic support roles. You’ll acquire an understanding of higher education’s history and current trends while specializing your skill set to foster change from within an institution, collaborating with communities, and guiding a variety of students on this endeavor. Emphasizing research and data analysis, our online M.Ed. also paves the way toward a higher education-centric doctoral program. 

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Gain a nuanced, multifaceted understanding of the higher education landscape. The online Master of Education in Higher Education program infuses faith-based principles and experiential learning into a curriculum focusing on resource management, legal and ethical considerations, diversity, student development, spiritual formation, and assessment and research. 

Required Hours

33 hours
21 months

Example Coursework

Vocation and Career Formation
College Students and Student Developmental Theory
Spiritual Development in College Students
Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education

Upcoming Start Dates

June 28, 2022
August 23, 2022

COMMON JOB TITLES

Academic Advisor
Residence Life Director
Student Activities Coordinator
Study Abroad Director
Development Officer
Financial Aid Counselor
Intramurals Director
Career Services Advisor
Director of Multicultural Affairs
Admissions Counselor

Curriculum & Concentrations

The online M.Ed. in Higher Education is divided into two sections. All students complete a 24 credit-hour core sequence focusing on broad topics before selecting one of the three concentrations below to tailor their knowledge to a subset of higher education administration. 

The core courses introduce you to the history, development, and structure of higher education in the United States, student development theory, current issues affecting the field, legal and ethical considerations, and the role of student affairs. You’ll then learn about analyzing programs and higher-education environments through research and data collection as well as the management of enrollment and retention efforts. Courses further welcome you to think about higher education in relation to your faith and how Christian principles can shape school environments and influence student success.

 

Academic Advising

Academic Advising

Academic advising is a primary function for institutions of higher learning. This concentration prepares higher-education practitioners currently serving in academic advising roles to move up to a leadership role and industry professionals to enter the field. You’ll receive a general overview of the academic advisor’s role, as well as specific knowledge and skills essential for promoting student success.

 

 

 

Conflict Management

Conflict Resolution

Managing interpersonal conflict is a part of any organization — and higher education is no different. As an existing practitioner, expand your skills to effectively manage conflicts that arise among students or coworkers within a college or university environment.

 

 

 

 

Student Affairs

Student Affairs Leadership

Student affairs practitioners can make a significant impact leading student services units and administrative areas of higher education institutions. Courses in this concentration focus on helping practitioners learn to lead and manage within a higher education context.

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Brian Cole, Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, Education Specialist in Organizational Leadership

Dr. Brian Cole, Master of Education in Higher Education

Dr. Brian Cole is an associate professor and the program director of the M.Ed. in Higher Education as well as a Faculty Fellow for ACU Online’s Duncum Center Solutions. Most of Dr. Cole’s leadership experiences have been in higher education administration, particularly in the field of Student Development. Dr. Cole received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education Specialization) at Western Michigan University, where he researched campus cultures and student activism at Christian colleges and universities. He earned his M.A. from Ball State University, B.A. from Anderson University (IN), as well as, a certificate in Foundations of Christian Leadership at Duke Divinity School.

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Master of Education in Higher Education (M.Ed.)

Career Options with a Master of Education in Higher Education

Whether you’re interested in student affairs, marketing, financial aid, or alumni relations, this degree can help you prepare to land your higher education dream job. Here’s a closer look at some of the unique and exciting career options you’ll be able to pursue with your Master of Education in Higher Education.

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Master of Education (EdD) in Higher Education Overview with Program Director Dr. Jason Morris

Hear from the former program director of the online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education, Dr. Jason Morris. He’ll speak about what you can expect to learn, the study concentration areas available, and what sets our MEd apart from others.

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online Master’s in Higher Education

Higher-education practitioners greatly influence a college’s or university’s operations, programming, and outreach. As an advanced degree becomes even more crucial for entering and moving up in the workforce, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates eight percent growth in postsecondary administrator positions between 2020 and 2030.

Whether you’re making your mark in a traditional university, an adult-centric program, or the rising field of online learning, your degree gives you the knowledge to:

  • help students connect with their calling and realize their ambitions;
  • oversee programming and student services;
  • nurture student engagement and enrollment;
  • mentor faculty and staff;
  • enhance educational quality;
  • manage and strengthen ties with the local community; and
  • cultivate a supportive campus environment that allows students to flourish and reach their full potential. 
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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts showing earned bachelor’s from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, probationary status may be granted.
  • Submit a current resume.
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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).


Objectives

The world of higher education is currently undergoing a transformation as both the workforce and K-12 school systems reevaluate the purpose of an advanced degree. Two- and four-year institutions no longer solely teach theories and encourage critical-thinking, problem-solving, analysis, and communication skills. Instead, they form a bridge between high school and an entry-level career through program offerings, support services, and experiential opportunities from research to internships. 

Higher-education professionals direct a school’s trajectory. Their efforts help attract and retain students, nurture their interests, and equip them with the knowledge and experiences to not only enter the workforce but make meaningful contributions. In considering this overarching goal, this online Master’s in Higher Education:

  • aims to enrich your research and analytical skills for assessing existing programs, pioneering new initiatives, and improving academic outcomes;
  • explores the history of higher education and psychology- and sociology-based theories to provide a foundation for understanding contemporary issues;
  • imparts the skills to help you make an impact, be it revising curricula and policies, guiding faculty development, encouraging diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, and organizing outreach and partnership efforts;
  • strives to graduate leaders who foster student success, establish an innovative yet caring school culture, and turn to data and research to spearhead change through programs, policy, and vision; and
  • supports adult learners through courses that fit around your existing obligations, instructors interested in helping you discover your vocation, and an existing network of students for building career-enhancing connections.