Master's in Higher Education

The higher education master's degree program from the University of Redlands is designed for people pursuing careers in colleges and universities. The program prepares students to work in post-secondary institutions through exposure to the social, cultural, and organizational contexts of higher education, theories of leadership and student development, and discussion of current issues. Students develop the skills to practice informed decision-making in their roles as higher education professionals and the program embraces a social justice approach to professional practice. The program also provides a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue doctoral work.

A Justice-Focused Higher Education Degree in California

This comprehensive program thoroughly examines the social, cultural, and organizational contexts of higher education and develops skills in informed decision making and professional practice from a social justice perspective. The curriculum contains strong focuses in organization, leadership, equity, and assessment all examined through educational justice.

Master of Arts in Higher Education

The Master's in Higher Education degree develops a deep understanding of the theoretical framework behind higher education through a curriculum that centers on technical skills and social justice. In addition to the courses one would expect to see in higher education and student affairs programs, students take a required course on the representations and use of popular culture and media related to higher education and student affairs. Elective courses also include classes such as Sexuality and Gender in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Addressing Challenges in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education and Student Affairs. 

Master of Arts in Higher Education: A social justice perspective

The social justice perspective in this program manifests implicitly and explicitly throughout the courses. Our aim is that students graduate from the program with the foundation to be:

  1. Aware of inequities in higher education;
  2. Critical of the role of power and privilege in higher education;
  3. Advocates and allies for those who experience oppression in higher education; and,
  4. Agents for change to address inequities in higher education. 

Admission Information for the Master's in Higher Education

Individuals interested in earning their Master's in Higher Education degree from the University of Redlands School of Education must have earned a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher. Visit our admissions site for full application requirements and our online application portal.

To learn more about the Master's in Higher Education program and discover if this educational justice-focused degree could be right for your career goals, request more information today.

Program Overview

This two-year master's program prepares graduates for diverse careers in higher education enrollment, administration, and beyond. With two tracks, students are able to center their graduate education in their preferred area of focus. The Higher Education track focuses on organization, leadership, and assessment. The Student Affairs track examines campus cultures, support services, and student development theories. Both 36-unit tracks prepare students to work in post-secondary institutions through exposure to the social, cultural, and organizational contexts of higher education.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an M.A. in Higher Education should be able to:

  1. Competently describe, understand, and analyze concepts, research, and theories related to the study of higher education.
  2. Proficiently describe, understand, and analyze research and theories exposing inequities in educational access, opportunities, and practices in institutions of higher education.
  3. Adeptly evaluate and create solutions to professional problems in institutions of higher education.
  4. Capably evaluate and apply quantitative and qualitative research to practical problems in higher education.  
  5. Demonstrate strong and effective communication skills through well-organized written and oral forms. 

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