Higher Education MEd


Learn more about the Master of Education in Higher Education.

About the Program

The MEd in Higher Education is intended for early- and mid-career individuals aspiring to serve as administrators in a variety of settings, including colleges and universities, community colleges, higher education systems, proprietary/vocational institutions, and college access and pathway programs. The distinctive feature of the MEd program is its emphasis on urban issues and themes of equity and access in postsecondary education.

Extending Temple’s traditional commitment to social justice and educational opportunity, this program develops expert practitioners, i.e., those who can enact the kinds of changes that are necessary to meet state and federal college completion goals, improve equity in student postsecondary outcomes, strengthen the role of higher education for the public good, and create structures and cultures that are conducive to student success.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: Students complete the degree program in a hybrid format, both through classes offered after 5:30 p.m. and online courses. The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Job Prospects: Graduates are prepared to seek employment in a variety of professional areas in higher education, including academic advising, academic support, admissions, advancement, athletics, business services, counseling and health services, facilities, financial aid, human resources, institutional research and planning, learning centers, multicultural and diversity affairs, public relations, residence life, and training and development.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Students may take up to, but not more than, 9 credits of graduate study in the program before being admitted to the program. Students completing non-matriculated courses before being admitted to the program are NOT guaranteed admission.

Financing Opportunities: Financial support opportunities may include scholarships, tuition remission, and other financial aid such as grants, loans and federal work study.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1
Spring: November 1

Applicants should submit all required admissions documents by the application deadline to receive priority consideration for admission and financial support.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained to provide insight regarding the applicant's academic competence. References from college/university faculty are recommended.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A bachelor's degree is required. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected.

International applicants should also submit an official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma and/or certificate. While not required, international applicants are encouraged to submit transcript(s) to the World Education Services (WES) for evaluation.

Statement of Goals: In 500 to 1,000 words, outline your interest in seeking a master’s degree with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire, your interests, and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.

Standardized Test Scores:
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 53

Resume: Current resume required.

Other Requirement: Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended and/or from which credit was earned must be submitted.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Core Courses
EDUC 5101Critical Understanding of Social Science Research3
HIED 5101Introduction to Higher Education3
HIED 5102Administration of Higher Education3
HIED 5103Access and Equity in Higher Education3
HIED 5104College Students and Development Theory3
Focused Electives9
Select three from the following: 1
Organizational Assessment, Design and Strategy
Fundamental Counseling Techniques
Special Topics in Education 2
Introduction to Statistics and Research
Technology, Teaching, and Learning
ILT: Multimedia Learning
Diversity Issues in Higher Education
The Costs of College
Getting into College: Strategic Enrollment Management
Planning and Assessment in Higher Education
Student Affairs in Higher Education
Digital Education Leadership
Gender Issues in Education
Leadership in Higher Education
Law and Policy in Higher Education
The Community College
The Urban Environment
School-Community Partnerships in Urban Settings
General Elective 33
Capstone Course
HIED 9995Master's Capstone in Higher Education3
Total Credit Hours30

Culminating Events:
Capstone Course:
Students complete HIED 9995 Master's Capstone in Higher Education as their culminating event.


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Department Information:

Dept. of Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies

College of Education and Human Development

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091



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