Montana State University

Master's Degree Specialization- M. Ed. Higher Education


This master's degree specialization is for applicants interested in the broad field of higher education, and those who want to gain a general understanding of the structure and processes of higher education.

This specialization should not be viewed as a stepping stone to senior level managerial or academic appointments at a higher education institution. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required.


Program of Study

Higher Education Core - 12 credit hours
EDLD 505 Hist & Phil of Amer Higher Ed 3
EDLD 510 Org & Adm of Higher Ed 3
EDLD 528 College Students 3
EDLD 537 Inst Resch & Assessment 3
or EDLD 511 Planning Program Assessment
Higher Education Specialized Courses - 12 credit hours from the following: 12
Issues/Trends in High Ed
Fin Adm in High Ed
Resource & Prog Mgmt
Postsecond Dist Delivered Educ
College Teaching
Law & Policy in High Ed
Student Services
College Curriculum
Courses from other departments may be added with approval of the advisor.
Statistics and Research - 6 credits
EDCI 501 Educational Statistics I 3
EDCI 506 Applied Ed Rsch 3
Total Credits 30



Students with no professional experience working in higher education are expected to provide evidence of having gained such experience. This should be done prior to completing their plan of study or they must register for a three-credit higher education Internship (EDLD 598) in addition to all of the above course requirements.