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Courses

The Master's Degree in Higher Education requires 36 credit hours, although we encourage students to complete 42 credits as recommended by the Council for the Advancement of Standards (whose guidelines shape the master's program curriculum):

  • Required courses (listed below)
  • One counseling course
  • A minimum of one elective (one elective MUST focus exclusively on issues of diversity)
  • CAS Standards for Graduate Preparation in Student Affairs
    •  Requires 2 practicum/internships with seminar
    •  Requires a minimum of a 2-year graduate experience and 42 credit hours

The core requirements for both part-time and full-time students include:

  • HED 605 - American Colleges and Universities
  • HED 611 - Lab in Learning Communities
  • HED 616 - Understanding Educational Research
  • HED 621 - Principles & Practices of Student Affairs Administration
  • HED 664 - Principles & Practices of HED Administration
  • HED 712 - Research on the College Student
  • HED 721 - College Student Development
  • HED 755 - Legal Issues in Higher Education

Students also need to take either one counseling elective or one multicultural elective, and complete one or two practicums (depending on part- or full-time status in student affairs related work).

Sample Program Schedule for a Full-Time Student

Fall 1

  • HED 611 - Laboratory in Learning Communities
  • HED 621 - Principles and Practices of SA Administration
  • HED 700 - Theories of College Student Development I

Spring 1

  • HED 730 - Practicum I (includes a biweekly seminar)
  • HED 712 - Research on the College Student
  • HED 721 - College Student Development II

Summer 1

  • HED 664 - Principles & Practices of HED Administration (Required - Maymester course)
  • Counseling course (Summer Session I or II; one counseling course is required to graduate)
  • Practicum II (Summer Session I or II, or could wait to complete in Fall ‘15)

Fall 2

  • HED 605 - American Colleges and Universities
  • EDU 616 - Understanding Educational Research
  • Counseling course, Practicum II, or another elective (one elective must be focused exclusively on diversity issues)

Spring 2

  • HED 755 - Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • Counseling course, Practicum II or III, HED elective, and/or multicultural course

Sampling of Acceptable Electives

  • CFE/HED 725 - Gender & Race in 20th C. Higher Education
  • CFE/HED 700 - Disability in Higher Education
  • HED 761 - Organization and Administration
  • CFE 600 - Race, Power, and Politics
  • CFE 640 - Inequality and Intergroup Relations in Education
  • CFE 776 - Gender, Education and Culture
  • Multicultural counseling
  • Public Policy and Higher Education