Elon University

Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education

Education and Wellness

Higher Education

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


Prof. Rozana Carducci
2325 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244

Program Statement

Program Overview: Elon is known for its student-centered environment rooted in experiential learning and global engagement. In line with those key elements, the MHE program’s curriculum is infused with enriching hands-on experiences to further enhance student knowledge. While in the program, students will participate in an on-campus apprenticeship, two internships, study away, and a capstone experience. Through engagement in their graduate studies, students will learn and practice the principles for effective undergraduate education; explore the functions, issues and leadership of higher education; and prepare for leadership roles in colleges and universities. The MHE apprenticeship (commonly called assistantships on other campuses) is a unique approach to a paid, half-time professional position because it includes a structured professional development planning process designed to help advance your professional, personal and career goals.

Program Highlights: MHE students benefit from the program’s emphasis on:

High Impact Practices: The Association of American Colleges and Universities has identified eight high impact educational practices shown to be beneficial to students from many backgrounds. Elon has been recognized for excellence in all eight practices! Students learn the theory and application of these high impact practices during a first-year seminar and have opportunities to engage in many of them (diversity/global learning, internships, capstone, etc.) throughout the two-year program.

Study away: In the second year of the program, students collaboratively design and engage in a winter term study away experience. There is no additional charge for this global experience. Elon University ranks #1 among the nation’s doctoral universities in the percentage of students who study abroad; we are excited to build upon the University’s global commitment in the MHE Program. 

Experiential learning: Aligned with Elon’s commitment to experiential learning, the MHE program allows students to gain extensive professional experience, including a two-year paid apprenticeship and two semester-long internships. The combination of the apprenticeship and multiple internships ensures that students graduate from the MHE program with experience in multiple higher education functions.

Professional Development: The MHE program recognizes that professional learning does not stop with completion of a master’s degree; rather, the journey is just beginning. All MHE students receive guidance in the development and implementation of personalized professional development plan. In addition, MHE students receive funding to support their participation in regional and national professional development events.

Monthly Colloquia: All MHE students come together monthly for a colloquia on “contemporary topics in higher education.”  Elon students, faculty and professionals and/or invited higher education experts lead these discussion-based seminars, often with brown-bag lunch format.


The curriculum for the Master of Arts in Higher Education is informed by the mission and values of Elon University and the School of Education, and reflects the knowledge, skills and dispositions graduates should possess. The courses and learning outcomes adhere to the Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP) Guidelines for Higher Education Administration and Leadership Programs for Master’s Degree Level and the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators.

Courses are designed to build on and deepen students’ learning as they progress through the program, with the capstone seminar requiring students to integrate and apply their professional  knowledge and skills in the development of a solution to an authentic problem in a campus program/department.

Program graduates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the following professional practice dispositions: (1) ethical professional conduct; (2) learning and the application of theory to practice; (3) diversity and inclusion; and (4) personal, professional, and leadership growth. Students are assessed on dispositions as they progress through the curriculum.

Collectively, the program of study is designed to equip graduates of the program with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be an effective new professional in the field of higher education.

All courses are required:

MHE 6110: Foundations of Higher Education (3 credits)

MHE 6210: Transition to Adulthood in the Context of College and Culture (3 credits)

MHE 6310: Introduction to Higher Education Research (3 credits)

MHE 6450: Student Engagement and High Impact Practices (2 credits)

MHE 6520: Helping, Advising and Professional Development Coaching College Students (3 credits)

MHE 6620: Budgets and Finances in Higher Education (2 credits)

MHE 6820: Enrollment Management (1 credit)

MHE 6920: Program Evaluation, Assessment, and Decision Making in Higher Education (3 credits)

MHE 7110: Administration and Governance in Higher Education (2 credits)

MHE 7210: Law and Higher Education (1 credit)

MHE 7310: Diversity and Social Justice (3 credits)

MHE 7410: Theory and Practice of Global Education (1 credit)

MHE 7985: Internship I (1 credit)

MHE 7450: Comprehensive Internationalization in Diverse Contexts 1 credit) (includes Study Abroad or Study USA experience)

MHE 7820: Organizational Leadership, Development, and Change in Higher Education (3 credits)

MHE 7986: Internship II (may be completed in fall or spring of 2nd year) (1 credit)

MHE 7999: Capstone (3 credits)

MHE 6010 / 6020 / 7010 / 7020 (Colloquium): Contemporary Topics in Higher Education (non credit; completed every semester)

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

  • February 26, 2023 to February 27, 2023


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