Higher Education, M.Ed.
About the Program
The M.Ed 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 M.Ed. 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. The credits transfer into the program, if the student is admitted. 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
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.
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.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30
|EDUC 5101||Critical Understanding of Social Science Research||3|
|HIED 5101||Introduction to Higher Education||3|
|HIED 5102||Administration of Higher Education||3|
|HIED 5103||Access and Equity in Higher Education||3|
|HIED 5104||College Students and Development Theory||3|
|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 3||3|
|HIED 9995||Master's Capstone in Higher Education||3|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
With documented approval from the student's advisor, other course(s) may be selected as focused electives.
EDUC 5010 can be repeated for credit. Each academic term, faculty advise students of special topics offerings that may be of particular interest to Higher Education M.Ed. students.
Selection of a general elective requires approval from the student's advisor.
Students complete HIED 9995 Master's Capstone in Higher Education as their culminating event.
Program Web Address:
Dept. of Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies
College of Education and Human Development
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
Submission Address for Application Materials:
Office of Enrollment Management