The School of Education and the Division of Higher Education offer a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education in a fully online program with two specialty areas: 

  • Higher education administration
  • Community college leadership

All students admitted fall 2020 or later have the below required 21 credits of core curriculum and 9 hours in a sub-concentration for a total of 30 credits. If you were admitted prior to the fall of 2020, your course sequence can be found here

Required Courses 

  • HG ED 544: Foundations of Leadership and Learning (3 credits)
  • HG ED 552: Introduction to Higher Education in the United States (3 credits)
  • HG ED 572: Resource Management in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • HG ED 573: Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion in Student Affairs (3 credits)
  • HG ED 575: Organization and Administration of Student Affairs (3 credits)
  • HG ED 576: Student Development in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • RESEV 550: Introduction to Educational Research (3 credits)

Higher Education Administration concentration

  • HG ED 504: History of Higher Education in the United States (3 credits)
  • HG ED 577: Campus Environments and Cultures (3 credits)
  • HG ED 593: Workshop [Current topics in higher education administration] (3 credits)

Community College Leadership concentration

  • HG ED 581: Community and College Partnerships (3 credits) 
  • HG ED 580: Current Topics in Community Colleges (3 credits)
  • HG ED 582: The Comprehensive Community College (3 credits)

Course descriptions can be accessed via the Iowa State course catalog.