M.Ed. On Campus

Higher Education

Pennsylvania State University

12 months
39248 USD/year
23082 USD/year
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The graduate program in Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University has as its goal the preparation of individuals who will pursue careers and exert leadership in postsecondary education as administrators, faculty, or researchers in the nation's colleges and universities and in a variety of public and private agencies and associations in the United States and other nations. 


With emphasis on the systematic study of higher education, the Higher Education program at Pennsylvania State University builds on the scholarly and scientific disciplines offered throughout the University and applies these studies to the professional functions and responsibilities that its graduates will assume, and to the knowledge of the field of higher education.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate reading proficiencies to deal effectively with theoretical, empirical, and policy material in higher education.
  • Demonstrate writing proficiencies to analyze problems of practice, draw upon and apply concepts studied, and synthesize ideas into relevant and useful conclusions.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills that require suspended judgment and the application of relevant theory to varied areas of practice.
  • Demonstrate responsibility toward the goal of becoming a proactive, reflective, life-long learner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with others to facilitate problem-solving and decision making through reflective practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of purpose, audience, and context in communication activities.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of communication technologies.
  • Demonstrate an ability to draw upon key theories, concepts, and research findings to assess current issues and challenges facing higher education institutions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze data to improve practice in particular administrative areas of higher education.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Higher Education
  • Diversity & Equity in Higher Education
  • Ethnicity, National Identity, and Education
  • College Student Development
  • Foundations of Educational Research
  • Data Analysis for Education Research
  • Economics of Education
  • Foundations in Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Curriculums in Higher Education
  • Community Junior College and the Technical Institute
  • Administration and Organization in Higher Education
  • The History of American Higher Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Master’s applicants must submit test scores from either the GRE, GMAT, MAT, or LSAT, taken no more than 5 years prior to the application date.
  • All applicants must also submit a resume, a statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

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    39248 USD/year
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    23082 USD/year
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Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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