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M.S. in Higher Education

Drexel’s M.S. in Higher Education consists of 14 courses with a total of 45 academic credits. Students are required to complete 6 core courses (18 credits), four primary concentration courses (12 credits), three secondary concentration or elective courses (9 credits) and a two-term co-op research project (6 credits).

Within the primary concentration area, students are given the option of enrolling in a total of four courses over a three quarter timeline from several course offerings available in a given term. Within the secondary concentration area, students are given the option of enrolling in three total courses over a two quarter timeline from the selected concentration area’s course list. As an alternative to the secondary concentration, students are given the option to choose three courses from available courses within all of the concentration areas. Full course lists from the primary and secondary concentration areas can be explored below.

The M.S. in Higher Education offers a Plan of Study that allows completion of the program in two years.  

For course descriptions, please see the Drexel University Course Catalog

Core Courses - 18 Credits

Code Name Credits
EDHE 500 Foundations of Higher Education 3.0
EDHE 510 Governance, Management & Administration in Higher Education 3.0
EDHE 520 Student Development & Customer Service Management 3.0
EDHE 606 Higher Education Career Development 3.0
EDUC 705 School Law and Politics 3.0
EDHE 714 Introduction to Research 3.0

Primary Concentration - 12 Credits

Students complete four required courses for the primary concentration from the list of courses below:

Higher Education Administration and Leadership Concentration 

Code Name Credits
EDHE 540 Outcomes Assessment and Continuous Improvement 3.0
EDHE 600 Human and Organizational Performance 3.0
EDHE 601 Strategic Planning 3.0
EDHE 602 Managing Campus Operations 3.0
EDGI 506 Comparative Higher Education 3.0
ORGB 631 Leading Effective Organizations 3.0

Electives or Secondary Concentrations - 9 Credits

Students select either three elective courses (from offerings within the School of Education) or three courses within the secondary concentrations offered. Courses within a student’s primary concentration do not count as electives.

Secondary Concentration in Adult Education

Code Name Credits
EDAE 601 Foundations of Adult Education 3.0
EDAE 602 Adult Learning and Development 3.0
EDAE 603 Program Planning, Assessment and Evaluation 3.0
EDAE 604 Instructional Design and Delivery Strategies 3.0
EDAE 605 Instructional Skills for Teaching Adults Online 3.0

Secondary Concentration in Community College Administration and Leadership

Code Name Credits
EDHE 634 Proposal Writing and Sponsored Project Management 3.0
EDHE 664 Strategies for Educational Success 3.0
EDHE 668 Transformational Leadership 3.0
EDHE 669 Diversity in Higher Education 3.0

Secondary Concentration in Educational Policy

Code Name Credits
EDPO 620 Educational Policy: Concepts Issues and Applications 3.0
EDPO 624 The Shaping of American Educational Policy: Global Forces, Public Interest and Politics 3.0
EDPO 632 Ethics in Educational Policy-making 3.0
EDPO 636 Access and Equity Issues in Educational Policies and Policy-making 3.0
EDPO 640 Educational Policy-making: Analysis, Tactics and Influence 3.0

Secondary Concentration in e-Learning Technology and Instructional Design

Code Name Credits
EDLT 536 Learning Technologies and Instructional Design 3.0
EDLT 537 Technologies for Performance Support 3.0
EDLT 550 Introduction to Instructional Design 3.0
ELL 502 E-Learning Technologies 3.0
ELL 504 Learning Technologies and Disabilities 3.0

Secondary Concentration in Enrollment Management

Code Name Credits
EDHE 650 Introduction to Enrollment Management 3.0
EDHE 652 Enrollment Marketing, Recruitment and Retention 3.0
EDHE 654 Financial Aid & Enrollment Management 3.0
EDHE 656 Enrollment Management Database Systems & Management 3.0

Secondary Concentration in Global and International Education

Code Name Credits
EDGI 500 Introduction to Global and International Education 3.0
EDGI 506 Comparative Higher Education (required) 3.0
EDGI 510 Culture, Society, and Education 3.0
EDGI 512 Globalization and Educational Change 3.0
EDGI 518 Analysis of Policy Issues in Global, International and Comparative Higher Education 3.0
EDGI 600 Study Abroad Experience 3.0

Secondary Concentration in Institutional Development and University Relations

Code Name Credits
EDHE 610 Institutional Advancement 3.0
EDHE 614 Alumni Relations 3.0
EDHE 616 Institutional Communications, Marketing and Public Relations 3.0
EDHE 634 Proposal Writing and Sponsored Project Management 3.0

Secondary Concentration in Institutional Research

Code Name Credits
EDHE 640 Foundation of Institutional Research 3.0
EDUC 644 Student Assessments & Academic Program Evaluation 3.0
EDUC 646 Survey Tools, Statistical Software and Effective Reporting 3.0
EDUC 803 Educational Research Design 3.0

Secondary Concentration in Student Development and Affairs

Code Name Credits
EDHE 652 Enrollment Marketing and Recruitment 3.0
EDHE 662 Critical Issues in Student Affairs 3.0
EDHE 663 Safety and Crisis Management 3.0
EDHE 664 Strategies for Educational Success 3.0
EDHE 669 Diversity in Higher Education 3.0

Capstone* - 6 Credits

Code Name Credits
EDHE 715 Higher Education Co-op with Portfolio 1.5
EDHE 716 Higher Education Co-op II 4.5

* Capstone Requirement: The M.S. in Higher Education is an experiential program. Each course serves as a building block towards your final capstone project requirement. Faculty and advisors assist you in finding a project or position related to your area of interest.

The co-op research project was developed specifically for students in a blended and/or online program by the School of Education. The result is an action-research project that challenges students to act in a consulting capacity on a real-life, higher education issue for a real employer. Students develop their own topic issue and apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout the program to identify a problem and solve it with a final, strategic recommendation.

The higher education graduate co-op is completed towards the end of the degree program, and worked on during the course of two terms or 20 weeks.  Please see the recommended Plan of Study.