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FAQs, Higher Education (MEd)

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the master of education (MEd) in higher education program at Widener.

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Who should apply?

Prospective students include recent graduates, early career professionals working in a variety of higher education roles, and individuals seeking to change careers and transition to a higher education leadership role. 

How do I apply? Do I need to come to campus for an interview?

The application process is online and does not require a campus visit or interview.

How will a master’s degree in higher education leadership help prepare me for advancement in my career?

The master’s curriculum prepares students for positions in student affairs and other higher education areas of professional practice.

  • From a scholarly perspective, students learn how the field of higher education is organized and studied, how to become proficient consumers of research, and how to integrate data and theories into decision-making.
  • From a practitioner perspective, applying these constructs to real-world problems and cases, completing a practicum experience, and studying with fellow administrators in the classroom provide opportunities to further develop students’ leadership skills.

What is the primary difference between the student affairs leadership and the higher education leadership degrees?

The two degree programs share some common courses and both are 30 credits, but the student affairs leadership curriculum is differentiated by foundation courses in student development theory and service learning and civic engagement. Student affairs students are also likely to complete the student affairs in higher education elective, and a student affairs-focused practicum.

Widener higher education master’s degrees have also been designed to seamlessly transfer to the Widener doctoral program in higher education.

What if I don’t know what area of professional practice I intend to pursue within higher education?

While some students are already embedded within a professional area of practice, such as student affairs, development, or admissions, others use the master’s experience as a time of discernment to explore their professional interests and skills. The combined breadth and depth of the curriculum allows for both narrow skill development and preparation across practice areas to best prepare students for current and future leadership roles and to help students discover their talents and interests.

Is prior professional experience in higher education a requirement for admission into the higher education leadership master’s program?

Although prior experience is not required, it is preferred that students have some prior professional experience in higher education. This may include undergraduate experiences in campus leadership or special initiatives. Exceptional students with a lack of prior professional experience, in general or specifically within the field of higher education, are encouraged to apply and contribute to students’ diverse learning environments and professional networks.

Is there a cohort model or an admissions due date for the program?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with no set due date. Due to this, and also to students’ customized plans for curricular completion, there is no formal cohort model in the program. It is common for students to move through their curriculum with a group of student peers, but is as equally common for students to meet new classmates at various points in their program. This combination of experiences contributes to both breadth and depth in peer relationships and professional networks, an important strength of the program. 

Is there a graduate student organization on campus?

Yes! The Higher Education Student Association sponsors special topic programing and provides networking and peer support.

What can you tell me about the program faculty?

Students have the opportunity to learn from faculty who have distinguished themselves as scholars, practitioners, and leaders in higher education.

Will my master’s degree credits transfer to a doctoral degree?

The Widener higher education master’s degrees have been design to seamlessly transfer to the Widener doctoral program in higher education.