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


Dr. Uyen Tran Parsons
1155 Union Circle #310829
Denton, TX 76203

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 University of North Texas offers a M.Ed. in Higher Education in 3 different formats:

  • The Master's Cohort in Student Affairs is for students who can commit to full-time enrollment over a two-year period. They also hold graduate assistant positions in the UNT Division of Student Affairs. Cohort enrollment begins in the fall only. Deadline to apply for the 2020 cohort is February 17, 2020. An on-campus interview is required for those who meet the cohort qualifications. 
  • The Standard program allows student to enroll in courses full or part-time in any of the tracks, with no specific sequence. Students select 1 of 3 specialization tracks: student affairs, community college leadership or general administration. Deadlines to apply for the standard program are March 1 and October 1. 
  • The Online program in General Administration is a 100% online program that can be completed in 2 years (or longer if enrolled part-time). Students may begin in the fall, spring, or summer. Courework can be completed on your own time making it feasible to hold a full-time job outside of school. Online students receive priority registration for online Higher Educaiton Program courses. Deadlines to apply for the online program are March 1 and October 1. 

No matter the format, the GRE requirement is waived for applicants to the Higher Education Program who have a 3.3 GPA or higher. 

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: