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Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Policy, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
Our mission is to prepare scholars and practitioners to become leaders in administration, counseling, policy, psychological services, and special education. We promote excellence in education and human services across the spectrum of abilities and individuals differences, from birth to adulthood, in a wide range of settings.


The Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education (HESI) program is committed to advancing the positive role education can have in society. Our faculty and students study core facets of the education system; this includes the functioning and impact of colleges and universities, student learning and development in higher education, and the enactment and implementation of K-18 and nonformal education policies in an international context. HESI offerings are characterized by a particular emphasis on social justice, diversity, policy, and system change. Our students and faculty are scholars, practitioners, change agents, and innovative leaders active in universities, as well as in national and international organizations and policy-making bodies. The program is a collaborative community that develops theory, conducts research and translates these to practice, and engages students, educators, and professionals in the advancement of education.

The HESI programs offers three areas of concentration: Higher Education; Student Affairs; and International Education Policy. Please only include one area of concentration on the application. Before applying students should familiarize themselves with each concentration area and choose the one that most closely fits their own particular needs and aspirations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Seminar in Higher and Adult Education
  • Higher Education and Society
  • The Academic Profession
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Modes of Inquiry in Education Research (3 credits)
  • State-Level Higher Education Research
  • Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis of Policy Issues
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Public Policy
  • Quantification and Statistics in Applied Anthropology
  • Quantitative Applications for Education Policy Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods for Political Science
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods for Political Science
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Education
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Communication Research
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Seminar on Case Study Methods
  • Designing Qualitative Research in Counseling & Student Affairs Contexts
  • Qualitative Methods in Family and Health Research
  • Organization and Administration in Higher Education
  • Retention Theories and the Impact of College

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Graduate application 
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Additional supporting documents (writing samples, CV/resume)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) 

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            1474 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 1474 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
          • National

            683 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 683 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

          *Tuition fee per credit hour

          Living costs for College Park

          • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
            Living Costs

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