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College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration

300 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2012


The Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Personnel prepares graduates to assume a wide variety of administrative positions within colleges and universities throughout the world, ranging from entry level to director level. The curriculum, grounded in theory and focused on practice, is designed to reinforce entry-level skills, to support diverse student populations in their development, and to cultivate the skills and competencies necessary to lead and administer programs. Focusing on the “big picture,” students gain an understanding of the complex environment in which they will be working.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), goal statement, GRE if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, two letters of recommendation, resume or vita, and interview.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Graduation Requirements

The master’s degree requires the successful completion of 45 semester hours of approved graduate study. Graduates are prepared to work as staff and administrators in campus life, career services, judicial affairs, resident services, alumni, admissions, academic success, academic advising, international student services, institutional advancement, upward bound, student disability services, student multicultural center and undergraduate and graduate studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of psychosocial and cognitive-structural theories of student and adult development that guide the profession and be able to the impact the college environment has on student learning and development.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of and conversant knowledge of the legal issues facing higher education today including being familiar with legislation that impacts decision making within higher education, and understanding the rights and responsibilities of students, staff, faculty, and institutions.
  3. Demonstrate practical experience in two or more functional areas within higher education. 
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the administrative and financial functions performed on a college or university campus. 
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the diverse nature of higher education in the U.S. and will be able to articulate the challenges and opportunities associated with the provision of a diverse, multicultural educational setting.