University of Arkansas

College of Education and Health Professions

Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Higher Education

  • M.S.
  • M.A.
  • Ed D.
  • Specialist
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Student Learning & Development


Dr. Leslie Jo Shelton
University of Arkansas - College of Education and Health Professions
GRAD 108
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Program Statement

Degrees offered:
M.Ed., Ed.D. in Higher Education (HIED)

The Higher Education program prepares students for professional competence, leadership, and service in two areas: administration (including student affairs work) and college teaching. Within these areas of specialization, practicing professionals as well as persons entering the higher education field, may pursue programs emphasizing community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, or state, regional, or national agencies.

Areas of Study: M.Ed. Program: Student affairs, and organization and administration. Ed.D. Program: Administration and faculty leadership.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Higher Education provides professional preparation for students in both two-year and four-year post-secondary institutions, including community colleges and technical colleges, liberal arts colleges, and four-year colleges and universities. Students enroll on both a full-time and part-time basis, with many working full-time on a college campus while pursuing their degree. Most students either have a graduate assistantship in an office on campus or work full-time or part-time.

Depending upon prior experience, program graduates typically seek careers at the director or assistant director level in a variety of specialty areas, including advising, admissions, international program work, academic services, and student affairs (Greek life, residence life, activities and programs, judicial services, etc.).

The doctoral program in Higher Education focuses on administration. Within this program, there is sufficient flexibility to fashion a program of study tailored to each student's specific career goals. Students may focus on two- or four-year colleges or some other aspect of post-secondary education.

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
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Course Schedule: 
  • Day
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: