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Master of Science in Higher Education

Drexel University's Master of Science in Higher Education (HE) is an experiential program with curriculum that offers intense career preparation for students interested in exploring the broad array of career outcomes that become possible with a graduate credential in higher education.

The program is specifically designed to parallel the rigorous components typically associated with MBA degree programs, providing students with an excellent foundation in higher education, leadership, and ethics. Courses are very interactive and assignments challenge students to use new problem-solving and decision-making skills within and outside of academia.

The curriculum is innovative, relevant, and responsive to today's dynamic higher education environments. Students select from one or more concentrations that have been designed to assist with job placement and accelerated career advancement.


The secondary concentration consists of nine credits. HE students may select three elective courses within one of the areas listed below, or take a combination of three courses from these areas. Students may also select three educational courses outside of these concentrations in consultation with their academic advisor:

Adult Education

Research indicates that adult learners tend to solve problems in a real-world context. The Adult Education concentration helps illustrate how they best learn, and prepares adult educators to most effectively design, develop and deliver programs to these students. The program utilizes authentic approaches to address and solve problems, including a practicum in an adult education setting.

Community College Administration and Leadership

This concentration prepares students as professionals with the leadership competencies put forth by the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC). Coursework focuses on organizational strategy, resource management, communication, collaboration, community college advocacy and professionalism. Subject areas covered include inequality in education, multicultural education, new trends and strategies affecting educational equity, and education from the perspective of race, class, gender and disabilities in a current and historical context.

Enrollment Management

As the gateway to higher learning, admissions and enrollment are integral elements of every institution and organization. This concentration introduces the history of enrollment management and its role within the university system. Courses examine the enrollment process, including federal and legislative issues and the importance of a diverse student body. Marketing principles and practices are explored, as well as the strategic relationship between financial aid and enrollment management. Students learn about financial aid guidelines and explore the integration of traditional student financial aid and the development of aid packages.

Global and International Education

The Global and International Education (GIE) concentration will prepare students to work within the complex economic, political, cultural, and social structures that shape learning in different parts of the world. Through an interdisciplinary and rigorous curriculum that builds on the foundation of mainstream education, GIE students learn how to apply core educational principles to new learners within culturally diverse environments in the U.S. and around the world.

Higher Education Educational Policy

Every educational leader should possess a sophisticated understanding of policy. This includes the process by which policies are created, the impact it can have on leaders, and the impact in which they can have on policy. This includes understanding theory and practical applications. The Educational Policy concentration is ideal for students who are interested in policy and its relation to education, both in the U.S. and from an international perspective. Areas of emphasis include, but are not limited to, the relationship between U.S. education and the nation's economic competitiveness and prosperity; state, local, and school district policy-making; urban education; preparation of students for post-secondary opportunities; and life-long learning.

Institutional Development and University Relations

Institutions of higher learning are complex organizations with unique approaches to financing, fundraising, communications, and large-scale projects. The Institutional Development and University Relations concentration will prepare students for the skills needed to be an effective fund-raiser, communications, public relations, proposal/grants writer, or alumni relations officer in a higher education setting.

Institutional Research

Students acquire a thorough grounding in the most current database systems, statistical software, and research methods used in higher education with an emphasis on research tools and theoretical models related to assessing student outcomes. Courses introduce benchmarking and evaluating academic programs to respond to institutional reporting and accreditation.

Learning Technologies and Instructional Design

As learning technologies revolutionize education through online tools, there is great demand for instructors who understand the human component - how and why people use technology to learn. The e-Learning, Technology, and Instructional Design Concentration prepares graduates to build an effective system of training based on the vast differences in the way people interface with new technology.

Student Development and Affairs

In preparation for a career in student affairs administration this concentration provides the professional competencies required by the position. Coursework offers an examination of the societal forces that shape and transform institutions of higher education. Students acquire a thorough understanding of the diverse issues required by future administrators to learn how to make these environments rich in support and learning for all students, from part-time and commuter students to those of color, those with disabilities, as well as poor and otherwise disadvantaged students.