Elon University

College of Education


Higher Education

  • M.A.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Student Learning & Development


Prof. Rozana Carducci

Program Statement

Elon’s Master of Arts in Higher Education (MHE) is designed to prepare highly effective professionals for roles as administrators, educators and mentors in a variety of college and university settings. In a cohort structure, students experience a curriculum linked together by a series of educationally enriching activities and relationships. Students enroll full-time in this two-year, 36-hour program that incorporates study abroad, two internships, a capstone experience, and a paid apprenticeship. Students also receive professional development funding to attend a national conference as the culmination of at two-year career readiness program.

The Elon MHE program responds to the need of providing higher education leaders who are immersed in campus-wide models of best practices in undergraduate education, with an emphasis on critical reflection, synthesis of knowledge and experiences, and social justice advocacy. At the forefront of engaged learning, Elon is uniquely positioned to develop the next generation of leaders in higher education who are prepared to implement high-quality, high-impact experiences that prepare students for meaningful careers and lives as global citizens. The program also builds on Elon’s mission, commitment and vision of an academic community that transforms mind, body, and spirit, and encourages freedom of thought and liberty of conscience.

Programmatic Themes & Associated Student Learning Goals

The Masters of Arts in Higher Education curriculum is organized around nine learning outcomes which are presented within three broad themes. The first theme incorporates Elon’s commitment to engaged learning, student development and an inclusive community. The second theme describes the foundational knowledge for a higher education generalist. The third theme emphasizes the importance of acquiring the skills and dispositions needed for effective professional practice.

Theme One: Engaged Learning and Student Development

Students will be able to:

1. Apply principles for effective undergraduate education with an emphasis on student agency, student engagement and high impact practices

2. Evaluate and apply theory and research in student learning and development

3.  Construct and defend a philosophy on the importance of social justice, diversity and inclusion, and cross-cultural engagement

Theme Two: Foundations of Higher Education Administration

Students will be able to:

4.  Analyze the values, philosophy, and history of higher education

5.  Interpret and apply law, policy, and governance of higher education

6.  Evaluate the management of human and organizational resources

7.  Interpret and apply higher education administration policy and practice

Theme Three: Professional Practice

Students will be able to

8.  Use assessment, evaluation, and research to solve authentic problems

9.  Students will demonstrate a commitment to the following areas of professional practice dispositions:

a. ethical and professional conduct

b. learning and application of theory to practice

c. diversity and inclusion

d. personal, professional, and leadership growth

Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Meets CAS Standards: 

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Total Program Credit Hours: 
Average Time to Degree: 
2 Years

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Course Schedule: 
  • Day
Comprehensive Exam Required: