MS in Higher Education: College Administration & Leadership

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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in College Administration and Leadership program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the higher education administration field. Learn more about the Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in College Administration and Leadership program at Kaplan University here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in College Administration and Leadership program offers students the opportunity to learn about higher education foundations, laws and regulations, organization and governance, multiculturalism and diversity, finance, and research methods.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Potential students of the Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in College Administration and Leadership program at Kaplan University should hold a bachelor's degree and have an interest in leadership roles in the education field. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in College Administration and Leadership program consists of 50 credits. This credit total includes 30-40 credits in core requirements and 10-20 credits in specialization requirements. Students may choose to follow a nonthesis or thesis track during the course of the program. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate program information and the availability of the track options.

Master of Science in Higher Education with a Specialization in College Administration and Leadership Requirements

Nonthesis Track

  • Foundations of Higher Education
  • Higher Education Laws and Regulations
  • Higher Education Organization and Governance
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology
  • Departmental and Divisional Leadership
  • Institutional Research and Strategic Planning
  • Educational Program Assessment
  • Assessment of Online Learning Programs

Thesis Track

  • Foundations of Higher Education
  • Higher Education Laws and Regulations
  • Higher Education Organization and Governance
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology
  • Master's Thesis Proposal
  • Master's Thesis Defense
  • Choose two of the following:
    • Departmental and Divisional Leadership
    • Institutional Research and Strategic Planning
    • Educational Program Assessment
    • Assessment of Online Learning Programs

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in College Administration and Leadership from Kaplan University may be able to pursue leadership positions in the higher education field. Graduates could work for universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, or technical colleges.

Possible positions include:

  • Academic dean
  • Chief academic officer
  • Director of admissions
  • Director of development
  • Director of student services
  • Education administrator
  • Provost