Higher Education Leadership

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Program in Higher Education

Dr. Timothy M. Sullivan, director of Widener's graduate programs in Higher Education, offers a brief introduction.

The Master's Program in Higher Education Leadership is one of the only programs in the tri-state region designed specifically for professionals working within higher education.

Graduate students work in a variety of positions within student services, admissions, financial aid, registrar, bursar, advancement, development, alumni affairs, finance, administration, and academically related positions such as assistant or adjunct professors or assistant provosts. Widener’s higher education program offers these professionals an opportunity to earn the terminal degree they need to advance to the top of their profession.

At Widener, Higher Education Leadership graduate students develop leadership skills grounded in scholarship, educational research, and best practices. This flexible, part-time program primes working professionals for greater success in their career by preparing them for the challenges facing the world of higher education.

At Widener, students find a customized approach to earning their doctoral degree. They can shape and tailor their graduate study to support their area of focus and desired career goals. Students have more opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration and a customized approach to course planning. They can build upon their undergraduate education and professional experiences, and many find that they can apply their studies immediately to their daily work.

Graduate students in the Higher Education Leadership graduate program find a mentoring environment and respected faculty to build a foundation for career enrichment and success in Higher Education Leadership. Widener faculty members work closely with degree candidates to help them succeed. Supported by a mentoring environment and a high level of personal attention, students learn how to become strong and effective leaders.

Who enrolls?

Most students have typically been in their professional roles between three and six years and have made some initial advancement to higher positions. They enroll because they want to move up in their career and take charge by growing professionally through a masters-level degree. Some students are transitioning to the world of higher education from other industries.

The masters program in Higher Education Leadership offers an opportunity to develop skills needed in areas such as student affairs, admissions, financial aid, registrar, development, alumni affairs, finance, and administration.