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Master of Education in Higher Education, Master's


A Rewarding Career in Higher Education Awaits.

The Master of Education in Higher Education program prepares students for entry- and mid-level administration and student services positions in private and public colleges and universities, as well as community colleges and other postsecondary education institutions. 

The program offers concentrations in Student Affairs Administration, Higher Education Administration, and Management, and can be completed on a part- or full-time basis. Students who are already employed in the field of higher education may be able complete the program in an accelerated format with a reduced course load (30 credits).

Our program has some of the best higher education leaders in the region serving as adjunct faculty. Many graduates go on to serve in leadership positions or receive promotions shortly after graduating. 

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Important Dates:

  • April 15 - first-round application review deadline for summer and fall enrollment

Admissions Requirements

Admissions to the M.Ed. programs are evaluated on a rolling basis. 

Application Checklist Items

  • Standardized Exam Required: No
  • Official Transcripts Required: Yes
  • Personal Statement Required: No
  • Letters of Recommendation: None
  • Resume Required: Graduate Program in Higher Education only
  • Copy of teaching certificate: No

International Students

  • English Competency Exam Required: TOEFL
  • Transcript Evaluation Required: Yes
  • Certificate of Finances Required: Yes


Master of Education Higher Education – 36 Credits
Master of Education Higher Education (Accelerated) – 30 Credits


Start-term limited to spring (part-time) and fall (full-time)

Common Core: 24 Credits (18 Credits for the Accelerated Program)

  • MHE 500 Law, Ethics, and Standards
  • MHE 501 Higher Education
  • MHE 502 College Student Development
  • MHE 503 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
  • MHE 504 Leadership and Administration
  • MHE 505 Assessment and Research
  • MHE 506, 507 Higher Education Internship I and II (NOT required for the Accelerated Program)

Concentration in Higher Education Administration: 12 Credits

  • MHE 508 Higher Education Policy
  • MHE 509 Budgeting and Finance
  • MHE 510 Organization and Governance
  • Elective

Concentration in Student Affairs Administration: 12 Credits

  • MHE 511 Helping and Supporting Students
  • MHE 512 History, Values, and Philosophy
  • MHE 513 College Student Services
  • Elective

Concentration in Management: 12 Credits

  • CR 507 Executive Skills Development
  • MG 501 Management of Human Resources
  • PM 501 Project Management Essentials
  • Elective

Academic Catalog

Course Requirements


Careers & Internships


The Higher Education program offers an integrated learning experience by requiring each student to complete two internships (6 credits) as part of the plan of study. Students complete these experiences (unpaid or paid) at an approved site and under the supervision of designated on-site supervisor who meets specific qualifications.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are paid, 20 hour per week campus work experiences.  Similar to internships they provide students substantive experience in higher education units and functional areas under professional direction and supervision.  Students are employed in these experiences over the course of their time in the program.  The graduate assistantship cannot be a replacement for the internship, however with approval students may use the site when it is time to complete the internship experience.

Tuition & Fees

Program Costs
  • Tuition/credit hour: $690
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $120


Tuition Deferment

DeSales University offers graduate students the opportunity to defer payment of their tuition when they will be receiving reimbursement from their employer or when they are eligible to receive financial aid. A copy of your employer's tuition reimbursement policy must be forwarded to the Treasurer's Office and/or all necessary financial aid paperwork must be filed with the Financial Aid Office before tuition deferment is granted. 

Tuition deferment is a privilege given to graduate students at DeSales and can be revoked if this privilege is abused. Please note that you, as the student, are responsible for payment of your tuition balance in the event that your financial aid/loans or employer reimbursement is not received by the Treasurer's Office.

Tuition Reimbursement

When a student is eligible for tuition reimbursement from his/her employer, written evidence of eligibility is required. The student is responsible for requesting this reimbursement from his/her employer. In cases where reimbursement is contingent upon successful completion of the course(s) and the student either withdraws or does not achieve a grade sufficient to warrant maximum reimbursement, the student is ultimately responsible for payment for the course(s).

Refund on Withdrawal

A refund of tuition payments will be made to a student who withdraws from a course. In all cases, credits will be calculated from the date the student completed the official withdrawal form, and the rebate will be based on the schedule shown listed below. 

Refunds apply to tuition only. If a student is allowed to enroll by use of the deferred payment procedure, any funds due the University are immediately due and payable upon withdrawal.

Withdrawal during the add/drop period is 100% of tuition refunded. The schedule below is for withdrawal after the first class after the close of the add/drop period. 

Three-Credit Courses

  • Withdrawal after 1st class: 80% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 2nd class: 65% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 3rd class: 50% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 4th class: 25% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 5th class: No refund

Weekend and Accelerated Courses

  • No refund is made after the course has begun.

One-Credit Courses

  •  No refund is made after the course has begun.

Online Learning at DeSales

Attending classes from an off-campus location can be an excellent option for many busy students. Distance education at DeSales encompasses everything from video conference courses to hybrid (a combination of in-class and online) to online courses. 

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education