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Higher Education Leadership

Oakland University

12 months
21258 USD/year
21258 USD/year
15948 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Higher Education Leadership program at Oakland University prepares you to meet the complex challenges facing today’s institutions. The program equips you with practical expertise to improve student outcomes and achieve greater equity and inclusiveness in higher education.


Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership: The Oakland University Advantage

Graduates of the Higher Education Leadership program at Oakland University stand out in the job market. About 90 percent have jobs in higher education leadership within 3 months of completing the master’s degree.

Employers actively recruit Oakland students because of our program’s:
  • Social justice orientation. Many institutions are strongly committed to diversifying their faculty and broadening access to students from underrepresented populations. Our higher education leadership degree puts specific emphasis on equity and inclusion, giving you a powerful advantage in the higher education job market. 
  • Robust workplace experience. After completing your coursework, you’ll gain hands-on training via an internship that’s hand-picked to fit your interests and career goals. 
  • Superior faculty. Our master’s program in is led by nationally recognized experts in higher education leadership. You’ll learn from active, well-connected researchers and writers who sit at the forefront of higher education reform. 
  • Tight-knit community. Oakland’s higher education leadership program is built on a culture of collaboration and mutual support. You and your classmates will move through the program as a cohort, developing camaraderie and relationships that form the beginnings of a professional network. 
  • Flexibility and convenience. Our master’s in higher education leadership is designed for working adults who need to balance education with professional responsibilities. You can choose from one- and two-year degree options, with both online and on-campus formats available.

What Can You Do With a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership?

Oakland University is committed to training transformative higher education leaders who are prepared to solve problems, reform systems and improve student outcomes. You’ll be qualified for higher education administration careers in areas such as:
  • Housing
  • Diversity and equity services
  • Student activities
  • Fundraising and philanthropy
  • Study abroad/international education
  • Academic advising 
  • Athletic and recreation programs
  • Admissions
  • Financial aid
  • Facilities management
  • Human resources
  • Faculty support
  • Pre-college and community collaboration

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Higher Education
  • Higher Education and Educational Equity
  • Critical Historical Perspectives in Higher Education
  • Academic Affairs
  • Leading Effective Organizations
  • Student Affairs

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Fully Online Summer Start Program: April 15


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The two recommendations must be from individuals in a supervisory or advisory relationship to the applicant who can address the applicant’s potential to perform at the graduate education level
  • Personal goal statement
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts providing evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, OR a degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary educational institutions from which the applicant earned a degree (beginning with the first baccalaureate) and for all enrollment in graduate-level coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree
  • International university transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • International supplemental application and supporting documentation must be submitted before international applicants can be issued the Certification of Eligibility (I-20)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21258 USD/year
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  • National

    21258 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21258 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    15948 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15948 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Rochester Hills

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.


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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