Higher Education Leadership

Gain a deep understanding of the roles, mechanisms and policies that impact higher education.

What You’ll Learn

The Master of Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership allows candidates seeking to work in higher education to gain a deep understanding of the roles, mechanisms and policies that impact their field. Candidates can select an intensive internship or a site-based research project as a culminating experience.

What You Can Do

An emphasis in higher education leadership prepares candidates to serve in a variety of roles within colleges and universities worldwide. Employment areas for graduates of this program include admissions, financial aid, residence life, academic advising, tutoring, college unions and working with specific student populations. The opportunities that a higher education leadership emphasis provides are broader and more flexible than many advanced degrees, preparing graduates for an entire career in higher education administration.

Common careers for graduates:

  • Admissions administrator
  • Academic program administrator
  • Residential education director

Degree Requirements

You must fulfill the following requirements to earn your degree:

  • Completion of the 36 credit-hour program, consisting of 12 credit hours of foundation courses and 24 credit hours of professional core courses specific to higher education leadership
  • Completion of an internship in two higher education settings or a project
  • Grade of at least a B- in all foundation courses (Coursework in which Ds, Es or UWs are earned is unacceptable and could result in removal from the program if the problem persists.)
  • Overall Weber State University GPA of 3.0

Find details on courses in the WSU Catalog.


To apply, follow the steps outlined on our Admission page.

If you have questions regarding the admission process, contact us.