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Curriculum, Higher Education (MEd)

Program Highlight

service learning

Service Learning Course

Widener’s graduate programs in higher education recently offered a new service-learning course that challenged students to think about how to improve the higher education experience for students, faculty, and other constituents with permanent and temporary physical disabilities. Read more.

Developing leaders is the cornerstone of a Widener University education.

Students can earn a master’s degree in higher education leadership or student affairs leadership in as little as two years. Both programs include a well-developed mix of coursework in education theory, research, practice, and interdisciplinary electives.


To qualify for the master of education degree in higher education, candidates must meet the following degree requirements for a total of 30 credits within a total of six calendar years from the date of matriculation:

  • Research (3 semester hours)
  • Foundations (15 semester hours)
  • Electives (9 semester hours)
  • Capstone Course (3 semester hours)

Sample Courses

View a selection of courses students typically take as a higher education graduate student. 

ED 687 Current Issues in Higher Education

This course focuses on the identification and analysis of contemporary issues, innovations, and trends in higher education. Discussion topics may be related to teaching and learning, faculty, changing student profiles, assessment and accountability, technology, emerging models, and global trends.

ED 656 The College Student in America

This course examines the developmental, cultural, and life issues facing today’s college students. These issues will be explored in relationship to students’ attitudes, values, and characteristics influencing their participation and growth in the higher education community. The changing student population with regard to diverse populations, age ranges, and special needs will also be explored.

ED 693 Women in Higher Education

This course examines the historical and current trends and issues related to women in higher education. Attention is given to the issues that affect female students, faculty members, staff and administrators, and institutional leaders. The course provides foundational knowledge about relevant research, theory, and practices addressing women in higher education. Students use the literature as a point of entry into their own scholarship about this population of participants in postsecondary education.

ED 617 Diversity in Higher Education

The diversification of American higher education is one of the most promising, and challenging, issues of the modern era. This course integrates theory, research, and practice to explore issues related to diversity across multiple stakeholders and populations in higher education, with particular attention to the intersection of identity in institutional contexts. 3 semester hours.

For more information about courses and requirements for the MEd degree in higher education leadership, please refer to our course catalog.

For the student affairs leadership MEd option, refer to the course catalog.