University of North Texas

College of Education

Counseling & Higher Education

M. Ed. - Higher Education

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

Program Statement

The master’s degree in higher education prepares students for entry-level and mid-management positions in higher education administration in such offices as student life, student housing, career centers, multicultural centers, student unions, advancement offices, alumni offices, academic advising centers, international student offices, financial aid offices, dean of students offices, institutional research offices and business affairs offices. The student affairs track meets the requirements of the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) for graduate programs in student affairs.

The master’s degree in higher education allows the student to specialize in one of three tracks: student affairs, community college leadership or general administration. The Program also offers two formats for the degree: standard and cohort. The standard program allows student to enroll in courses full or part-time in any of the tracks, with no specific sequence. With the Master's Cohort in Student Affairs program, students enroll in a full-time sequence of courses in the student affairs track over a two-year period.  They also hold graduate assistant positions in the UNT Division of Student Affairs.  Full-time and part-time higher education students in the standard format master's program and the doctoral programs may be considered for graduate assistantships in student affairs and other areas of higher education administration.

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