University of Missouri

College of Education

Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Higher Education

  • M.A.
  • Ph D.
  • Ed D.
  • M. Ed.
  • Certificate
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership


Dr. Casandra Harper Morris
202 Hill Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Program Statement

The mission of the higher education program is to prepare reflective practitioners, leaders, and scholars who can critically contribute to the improvement of local and global higher education for the public good through research, policy, and practice. In addition to our master's degrees (MA, MEd), PhD, and graduate certificate in higher education, we also offer an EdD in Educational Leadership (PK-20+ program, distance/online) and an online graduate certificate in college teaching. 

The purpose of the master's degree programs in higher education is two-fold: 1) to prepare students for professional administrative leadership positions in a variety of higher education settings; and 2) to provide a foundation for intellectual engagement. The curriculum is developed to meet the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education’s (CAS) Professional Standards for Higher Education and are guided by the ACPA & NASPA professional competencies. We have two concentration areas within the master's degree programs: student affairs leadership and higher education leadership. Students in the MEd program complete a capstone paper and meeting with faculty during the final semester of coursework, and MA students complete a thesis. 

You can learn more about the master's degree programs, as well as our other programs by visiting us online at


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 (full-time students); 3 years (part-time)

Visitation Program



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