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Master with Higher Education Administration Emphasis

Master in ELPS, Higher Education Administration Emphasis

The department offers the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. In addition to core courses in K-16 educational leadership and policy, two distinct emphases are available: Higher Education Administration and Principal Certificate. All Master programs are composed of a K-16 core set of courses and a set of specialized courses in each emphasis area. Contact our program advisers for more questions about coursework.

The Higher Education Emphasis

The higher education emphasis prepares students to pursue a career in colleges and universities or the many organizations that study, support, or address higher education-related issues. The ELPS department works collaboratively with campus administrative offices. Students may also seek graduate assistant opportunities in areas such as student affairs and housing.

Students take courses in higher education administration, law, and history and become informed consumers of research. Graduates find employment in many areas of higher education, including but not limited to:

  • Student affairs
  • Housing
  • Financial aid
  • Institutional research and technology


EDAD 5322 Educational Research and Evaluation 3
EDAD 5360 Leadership Theory 3
EDAD 5380 Diversity and Equity in Education 3
EDAD 5399 Capstone Practicum in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 3


EDAD 5350 American College Student 3
EDAD 5351 Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs 3
EDAD 5352 Higher Education Law 3
EDAD 5354 The American Community College 3
EDAD 5356 History, Principles, and Philosophy of Higher Education Administration 3
EDAD 5357 Higher Education Trends and Issues 3
Total hours 30

Contact Dr. Maria Trache ( for more information.

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All students, including those enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies master’s program, must meet qualifications specified in Texas Administrative Code §227.10 in order to participate in educator preparation programs. Per §227.10, the minimum overall grade point average is 2.5 or at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework. Students who do not meet the grade point average requirement should consult with the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies graduate advisor to determine their eligibility.