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Master of Science in Higher Education

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The fast-expanding field of higher education offers countless opportunities for professionals with exceptional leadership skills and expertise. As a career path into this dynamic field, Drexel's Masters in Higher Education (HE) offers an invaluable credential of leading-edge learning from one of the nation's top providers of masters degree programs in California. Graduates undergo rigorous preparation to lead complex administrative and management positions in university and college offices, national and international associations and organizations, government agencies, foundations, and corporations in the U.S. and around the world.

The Masters in Higher Education degree program offers small classes taught by world class faculty with extensive higher education experience. A blended delivery format (face-to-face, in-field, and online) that emphasizes collaboration, personalized attention, state-of-the-art technology, access to higher education leaders in the Sacramento Region, and hands-on research is what makes Drexel University the right choice to accelerate your career.

The 45-credit program consists of 14 courses and is delivered in a blended online/on-campus weekend Friday (6-9pm) and Saturday (8-4pm) format at the Drexel University Sacramento, CA campus.

Students take a primary concentration in Higher Education Administration and Leadership and can select a secondary concentration* from one of the following areas:

  • Adult Education
  • Community College Administration and Leadership
  • Enrollment Management
  • Global and International Education
  • Higher Education Educational Policy
  • Institutional Development and University Relations
  • Institutional Research
  • Learning Technologies and Instructional Design
  • Student Development and Affairs

* Students who do not select a secondary concentration from this selection may choose three educational elective courses of their choice.

The objective of the program is to develop self-motivated leaders who can communicate effectively and work collaboratively within the broadest context of a higher educational community. The capstone component of the HE program, a graduate co-op with portfolio, offers invaluable career preparation. Students undertake an action-research project in which they are challenged to apply their newfound knowledge to identify and resolve a real-life issue in a professional setting.

Careers in higher education administration are competitive in terms of salary, professional development, and room for innovation. For those interested in maximizing their potential in this rewarding field, HE offers a distinguished credential that is also an ideal foundation for doctoral study.

Both programs result in a Drexel University credential, acknowledging the completion of a series of courses leading to a body of knowledge in a specific area. A certificate student may consider matriculation into the graduate program upon the successful completion of the certificate and all other graduate admissions requirements.