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Higher Education - Management and Organizations

18 months
50646 USD/year
50646 USD/year
25230 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Higher Education - Management and Organizations program at the University of Michigan considers the organizational dynamics of colleges and universities. This requires a fundamental understanding of the internal workings of higher education and its environment, as well as a thorough grasp of effective management and leadership of higher education organizations. 


In the Higher Education - Management and Organizations program at the University of Michigan, you will explore the administration, governance, management, leadership, organizational strategy, planning and budgeting, and institutional research and assessment of postsecondary educational organizations.


Students develop a view of postsecondary education institutions as complex organizations. This includes their socio-political, economic, and global context, as well as their internal dynamics and functioning. 

Students gain a strategic perspective that helps them effectively understand the larger picture of postsecondary education, anticipate change, and inspire others to higher performance. 

Students often pursue careers in administration, including academic affairs, administration and finance, planning, institutional advancement, student affairs, or external relations.

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:

  • Postsecondary Institutions as Complex Organizations
  • Organizing for Learning
  • Development and Advancement in Higher Education
  • Financial Management and Strategy in Postsecondary Education
  • Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Research
  • Seminar in Organizational Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 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 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 18 months.
  • National

    50646 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50646 USD per year during 18 months.
  • In-State

    25230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25230 USD per year during 18 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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