Southern Methodist University

Simmons School of Education & Human Development

Education Policy & Leadership

M.Ed. in Higher Education

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

Contact

Dr. Kiersten Ferguson
3101 University Boulevard
Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall
Dallas, TX 75205

Program Statement

The Higher Education Master's Degree Program is designed to provide students with the foundation and resources necessary to understand and analyze how universities and colleges work. Graduates of our program are prepared to take on roles in a wide range of higher education settings and assume many key roles in activities such as admissions, advising, student activities, administration, and policy analysis. 

The Higher Ed program utilizes a cohort model that offers full-time and part-time options. Our full-time track is ideal for students who hold graduate assistantships on SMU’s campus, while our part-time track is designed for working professionals interested in advancing their careers. 

We emphasize theory and practical experience to prepare you to improve higher education institutions.  Our courses blend the skills necessary to become an active contributor and strong leader within the academy. 

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

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
6
Adjunct: 
2
Total Program Credit Hours: 
36
Average Time to Degree: 
2 years

Visitation Program

Yes

Requirements

Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
Yes
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
Yes
Attendance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Course Schedule: 
  • Evening
Thesis: 
Optional
Comprehensive Exam Required: 
Yes