North Carolina State University

College of Education

Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development

M.Ed in Higher Education Administration

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


Dr. Christopher Travers
Poe Hall
Campus Box 7801
Raleigh, NC 27695

Program Statement

The Higher Education program at NC State prepares leaders who are well versed in theory and research in the field and equipped to serve as scholar practitioners in a variety of roles (e.g., faculty, researchers, policy-makers, administrators) and higher education contexts. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) is designed for individuals who seek professional preparation for managing and administering student support services in higher education environments. This program blends a broad overview of the history and function of American higher education with a specific focus on the unique characteristics of student affairs. Practical application is emphasized within course work as well as required internship and research experiences.

We are committed to deepening our students’ understanding of theoretical perspectives and frameworks, current research, and innovative methodological approaches within the field of higher education. We encourage interdisciplinarity, quality research design, the highest ethical standards, and research that inspires and informs policy and practice. Our scholarly community seeks to contribute to and advance knowledge in meaningful ways both collaboratively and independently.

Students who complete the Master of Education in Higher Education Administration at NC State will be able to:

1. Articulate a personal philosophy of student affairs and/or higher education grounded in critical self-reflection about one’s role as a professional in the field.

2. Understand and apply ethical principles, core values, and standards of practice endorsed by the higher education and student affairs profession.

3. Explain the importance of social justice advocacy as it relates to ethical practice in student affairs, and enact social justice values in professional contexts.

4. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the array of professional roles, functions, and activities that exist within higher education and student affairs.

5. Develop critical thinking, research, and analytical skills necessary to be critical consumers of higher education literature and integrate course-based knowledge to address issues facing students and leaders in higher education.

6. Critically evaluate historical events and current issues relevant to higher education and the student affairs profession and articulate their impact on individuals and institutions.

7. Design and evaluate effective educational interventions informed by: (a) current higher education and student affairs literature, (b) professional standards and best practices, and (c) understanding the basics of qualitative and quantitative research and assessment designs.

8. Exhibit leadership within the realm of higher education and student affairs administration by applying knowledge in leadership, management, and management practices.

9. Produce an actionable professional development plan that reflects involvement in higher education and student affairs at the institutional, regional, national and/or international level.

10. Develop and refine academic/professional communication and presentation skills, including written, verbal, non-verbal, and digital.


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

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Total Program Credit Hours: 
Average Time to Degree: 
2-3 years, dependent upon enrollment status

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • GRE
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Course Schedule: 
  • Day
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: