M.Sc. On Campus

Higher Education

Syracuse University

12 months
31212 USD/year
31212 USD/year
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Higher Education program offered by Syracuse University focuses on issues of diversity and inclusion, as applied to both the theory and practice of student success, development and learning in higher education. 


Key facts

Given the increasing diversity of college student backgrounds, critical reforms are needed in higher education in order to develop diverse curricular and non-curricular structures, practices, policies, and pedagogies that embrace and build upon students’ talents, experiences, and potential so they learn, develop, and succeed. 

Due to the complexity of the issues facing higher education around the world, students draw on resources in the School of Education and across the University to provide an interdisciplinary, foundational perspective supplemented by ongoing, integrated practical experiences. Students analyze higher education at a variety of levels, including individual students, student populations, institutions, and systems of higher education, and the policies and practices related to each that foster the success of all college students.

Why Higher Education at Syracuse?

  • Complete your degree in 2 years of full-time study, or complete your degree part time while continuing to work in the higher education space.
  • 90-100% of our graduates are employed in the field soon after, or even before, they complete their degree.
  • A commitment to ethnic, racial, educational, and life experience diversity in our student cohorts and faculty, fostering intercultural experiences around college access and success.
  • Intensive internship experiences, including academic advising, admissions, multicultural affairs, career services, athletics, disability support services, residential life, and LGBT resource centers. These provides a breadth of experience in offices and institution types where you have not had previous work experience.
  • Strong collaborative partnerships with the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience provides mentorship, internship supervisors, assistantship roles, and volunteer opportunities to learn more about the integral roles they play in supporting and shaping students’ college experiences at Syracuse University.
  • Sustained partnerships with student affairs colleagues at nearby institutions, including LeMoyne College, SUNY Environmental Sciences and Forestry, St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, Onondaga Community College, and SUNY Upstate Medical University.
  • A student cohort model that fosters close personal and professional relationships, including regular department events, one-on-one mentoring pairs, and student-led retreats.
  • Courses are not characterized by lectures: instructor-led or peer-facilitated discussions, activities, and presentations are commonplace. Course assignments combine traditional readings with written and oral responses, research projects, service-learning activities, and group projects and papers.
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs around the world. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • Opportunities for internships through the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) or the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA).


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Programme Structure

  • Course offerings cover student development and learning, student attainment and retention; race and gender in higher education; student affairs administration; administrative theory and practice in higher education; learning communities; legal issues in higher education and history.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Rolling admissions


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, including a 3.0 or better in undergraduate writing/English courses.
  • A record of significant involvement and/or work in student affairs or higher education.
  • An ability to write well as demonstrated in the personal statement
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation. One must be from a faculty member that has had you in class and can speak to your academic work. The other two can be from supervisors, advisors, mentors, etc. The recommendations should speak to qualities such as your ability to work with students/staff/faculty, leadership, dedication, reliability, quality of work, communication skills, ability to balance multiple responsibilities, etc.
  • TOEFL scores (international students)

Tuition Fee

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    31212 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 31212 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    31212 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31212 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Syracuse

935 - 1370 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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