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Higher Education Leadership and Administration
Master of Science in Higher Education

You want to make a difference in education: Take that passion to an administrative level. Prepare to take your place as a leader with the online MS in Higher Education, Higher Education Leadership and Administration program from Capella University. The curriculum in this specialization can help you reach your potential and make an impact at the college level. Explore current theory and best practices to gain understanding of history, public policy, law and governance, finance and program administration. This program can help prepare you to advance in your career or pursue a doctoral degree.

Relevant course content

This program integrates current, recognized theory and practice to help you excel as a leader in higher education.

Professional development

Build the skills needed to support diversity, equity and ethical decision-making for academic excellence.

Management skills

Learn change management and personnel management practices that can help improve processes and operations in higher education.

Classes start February 7

Use the code WINTER to waive the $50 application fee.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 3 Concentration courses
  • Capstone
  • 48 Total quarter credits
  • 12 Maximum transfer credits

Reduce your tuition by $2,500

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2.5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with an MS in Higher Education degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with a Master of Science in Higher Education, Higher Education Leadership and Administration specialization.

Job titles to explore

  • Academic advisor
  • Assistant director of student affairs
  • Enrollment services/admissions specialist
  • Program director
  • Program coordinator
  • Coordinator of diversity affairs
  • Community services coordinator
  • Residence hall supervisor
  • Student services supervisor
  • Financial aid supervisor
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • Community college
  • Vocational or technical college
  •  Land-based or online college or university
  • Continuing education program
  • For-profit institution
  • Military education
  • Adult education organization

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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