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M.S. in Higher Education

Career tracks in Higher Education are highly diverse and each requires its own unique skill set. Drexel currently offers eight secondary concentration areas which represent a wide cross-section of Higher Education career paths.

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.

Educational Policy

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.

Learning Technologies 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 Learning Technologies, and Instructional Design concentration prepares students to effectively manage and lead various aspects of technology and its impact in Higher Education settings.

Enrollment Management

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 Research and Planning

Students enrolled in the Institutional Research and Planning 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.