M.S. in Higher Education
Career tracks in Higher Education are highly diverse and each requires its own unique skill set. Drexel currently offers nine concentration areas which represent a wide cross-section of Higher Education career paths.
The Adult Education concentration prepares students to effectively design, develop and deliver programs to adult learners. The program utilizes authentic approaches to address and solve problems, including a practicum in an adult education setting.
Community College Administration and Leadership
The Community College Administration and Leadership concentration prepares students to meet the leadership competencies established by the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC). Coursework focuses on organizational strategy, resource management, communication, collaboration, community college advocacy and professionalism.
The Educational Policy concentration is ideal for students who are interested in policy and its relation to education in both domestic and global environments. Emphasis in the Educational Policy concentration area includes the relationship between education and economic prosperity, federal, state, local, and district policy-making, urban education and life-long learning.
e-Learning Technology and Instructional Design
As educational technology continues to shape and influence Higher Education at all levels, there is great demand for professionals who are able to leverage educational technology to its fullest potential while balancing the needs of those who will utilize those technologies.. The e-Learning, Technology, and Instructional Design concentration prepares students to effectively manage and lead various aspects of technology and its impact in Higher Education settings.
This concentration introduces 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, and the strategic relationship between financial aid and enrollment management.
Global and International Education
The Global and International Education (GIE) concentration prepares students to work within the complex economic, political, cultural, and social structures that shape learning in different parts of the world. Students learn how to apply core educational principles to new learners within culturally diverse environments in the U.S. and around the world.
Institutional Development and University Relations
Higher Education institutions are complex organizations with unique approaches to financing, fundraising, communications, and large-scale projects. The Institutional Development and University Relations concentration will prepare students with the skills needed to effectively lead and manage fundraising, communications, public relations, proposal/grant writing, and alumni relations efforts in a higher education setting.
Students enrolled in the Institutional Research concentration acquire skills and knowledge in the most current database systems, statistical software, and research methods used to assess student outcomes. Courses introduce benchmarking and evaluating academic programs to respond to institutional reporting and accreditation.
Neuroscience, Learning and Instruction
The Neuroscience, Learning and Instruction concentration prepares students to instruct courses in online and/or blended environments across multiple fields of study utilizing methodological approaches related to neuroscience, the brain’s memory systems, the learning process, and the impact of health and emotions on learning. The courses in this concentration are part of Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning and Instruction which marks achievement of advanced understanding, comprehension, and application of principles of neuroanatomy, neuroscience, cognitive processing, and learning theory to online instruction.
Student Development and Affairs
The Student Development and Affairs concentration teaches students the competencies required for a career in student affairs administration. Coursework offers an examination of the societal forces that shape and transform institutions of higher education. Students acquire the skills and knowledge needed to support and learning outcomes for a diverse array of student populations.