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Higher Education, M.S.

The master’s degree in Higher Education prepares graduates to affect change and enact critical reforms in academic, student affairs, and administrative settings in higher education.

This program goes beyond basic development of professional skills in student affairs to include broader policies and understandings of institutions of postsecondary education. Students gain an understanding of higher education systems, professional organizations and associations, faculty culture, campus partnerships, and fostering student learning and development. There is an emphasis on the historical, philosophical, and legal foundations of higher education needed to advocate and support students of all backgrounds and needs. This program aligns with standards from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, ACPA College Student Educators International, and NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Priority Application Deadline: January 15 | More admissions information

Why Higher Education at Syracuse?

  • Complete your degree in two years of full-time study, or part time while continuing to work in higher education.
  • Most graduates are employed in the field soon after, or even before, they complete their degree.
  • Our student cohort model fosters close personal and professional relationships, including regular department events, one-on-one mentoring, and student-led retreats.
  • A commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our student cohorts and faculty, fostering intercultural experiences around college access and success.
  • Intensive internship experiences in different contexts, such as academic advising, admissions, multicultural affairs, career services, athletics, disability support, residential life, and LGBT resource centers.
  • More opportunities for summer internships through the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) or the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA).
  • Strong collaborative partnerships with the University’s Division of Student Experience provide mentorship, internship, and other academic opportunities.
  • 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.

Our graduates are prepared to advise, counsel, and develop curricular and co-curricular programs that enhance college students’ learning at colleges and universities of all sizes and types, in areas such as:

  • Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Academic advising and student support services
  • Student Activities and Residence Life
  • Diversity resource centers (LGBT, multicultural, disability, etc.)
  • Alumni relations and programs
  • Research and Instruction
  • Further studies in Higher Education, Public Administration, or another area of interest.

Program Contacts

Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505
Speranza Migliore