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Higher Education - Institutional Research

University of Michigan

24 months
50646 USD/year
50646 USD/year
25230 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Higher Education - Institutional Research at the University of Michigan equips students with factual knowledge about postsecondary institutions and systems, research methods used by institutional research professionals, knowledge of the processes and issues affecting institutions, and an understanding of the context and culture of the institutions in which students will work and study.


In the Higher Education - Institutional Research at the University of Michigan, you will learn how to:

  • Develop and frame research questions
  • Design and execute empirical research pertaining to postsecondary education
  • Collect, prepare, and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Report research findings to varied audiences
  • Make connections between research, policy, and practice

About the Program

The curriculum will prepare you for professional positions including opportunities within higher education programs or centers; research appointments in institutional research offices; and research and policy roles in federal and state agencies of higher education, higher education associations, policy institutes, and policy advocacy organizations.

You will be paired with an advisor from among the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) faculty members, based on shared professional interests. Students and advisors work together to develop a plan of study that is appropriate to the student’s background and career interests.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Institutional Research in Higher Education
  • The Community College
  • Higher Education Institutions as Complex Organizations
  • Public Policy in Postsecondary Education
  • Economics of Education
  • Law and Higher Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Register as a prospective student and obtain a UMID (University of Michigan ID) number. Having a UMID number will aid in the processing of your application
  • Complete the Rackham online application
  • Submit your GRE scores 
  • Submit your transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    50646 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50646 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    50646 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50646 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    25230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25230 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Ann Arbor

1025 - 1870 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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