Master’s Degree

Higher Education Leadership (MEd)

Prepare to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing higher education environment with a master's degree in higher education leadership.

Program Overview

Widener’s master’s program in higher education leadership prepares you to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing higher education environment, with specific focus on either higher education leadership or student affairs leadership.

If you currently work in higher education and want to advance your career or are looking to transition from another career path, our graduate program builds your leadership capabilities to work in areas such as student affairs, enrollment management, institutional effectiveness, faculty professional development, institutional advancement, resource development, governance, and administration.

Widener's Center for Education is proud of its 2016 NCATE accreditation and is prepared to meet the renewed rigor and relevance of excellence by seeking accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 2023 standards. Eligible programs take steps to maintain gapless national accreditation for educator preparation. See CAEP standards and annual impact and outcome measures. 

Program Options

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Master’s degrees are flexible, part-time programs designed for working professionals. The curriculum includes a mix of online, blended, accelerated, weekend, and on-campus coursework that can be completed at a pace that fits your lifestyle.

Students who complete the Master's program in Higher Education Administration can apply their credits to the three-year, fast-track Doctor of Education program.

Beginning graduate students may enter the Loading... and complete coursework in three consecutive semesters. The five courses are determined by advisement, which allows students to customize the certificate based on specific professional development needs and career goals

Admissions Information

  • Complete the application form.
  • Submit a resume.
  • Submit a personal statement.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from colleagues, supervisors, or college professors.
  • Have an official transcript sent from all previous graduate and undergraduate programs.

We accept applications for students to begin in the fall, spring, or summer terms. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Program Highlights

Our master’s program in higher education leadership prepares you to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing higher education environment.

Customized Approach & Personal Attention

You’ll benefit from a vital mentoring environment with accomplished faculty committed to providing a high level of personal attention to better align coursework with career goals and help you become a scholar and effective leader. Our customized approach tailors your studies to support an area of focus, interdisciplinary collaboration, and study abroad options.

Career Growth & Change

Most students have been in their professional roles for a few years and enroll because they want to advance in their career and further develop their leadership capacity by growing professionally through the master’s program. In addition, the program serves students transitioning to higher education from other careers paths.

Faculty

Our professors' leadership and research are shaping the education field.

Ning Wang
Professor

"My goal in teaching is to enable and motivate my students to understand and make sense of the craft of applying research methods and to become critical and rigorous learners."

Kim C. O'Halloran
Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies & Extended Learning

"I frequently utilize a learning contract, which allows graduate students to choose the methods of assessment that will best facilitate their own learning, and incorporate student leadership in the classroom and through online tools."

Maggie Place
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Extended Learning

"With my psychology and education backgrounds combined, I am passionate about helping adult students meet their educational goals."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Arcadia University
  • Eastern University
  • Delaware County Community College
  • Peirce College
  • University of Pennsylvania

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Director of Academic or Administrative Unit
  • Assistant or Associate Dean
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Advising and Student Success Professional
  • Advancement Professional (Development & Alumni Relations)

Industry Growth

Employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Expected growth may result from increasing student enrollment in colleges and universities.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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