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Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership

Why Pursue a Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership at North Central College?

You want to step to the higher education forefront and make an impact on the community. You have the drive to go beyond the basics and a desire to see and hear innovative practices that colleges are implementing to impact students' lives. The Master of Arts in Higher Education will not only provide you the space for self-exploration, but also the practical experiences to dive deeper into a variety of areas. You will learn all the tools you need to utilize your gifts and advance your higher education career.

 

Understand the System + Lead the System

The education world is moving at a fast pace, so we are committed to delivering a unique curriculum that teaches you how to bring thoughtful change into future-thinking institutions. Our degree is designed to help you understand and lead within higher education.

  • You will learn about campus culture, college students, and fiscal management while concurrently practicing the skills to teach, practice, and apply principals of creative problem solving, conflict resolution, and leadership and ethics.
  • You will be coached by a range of expert higher education leaders in creating personal and professional development plans.

Degree Features

  • Speaker Series Events - in-person or online series that focuses on your career and personal development. Faculty and higher education professionals provide training on emerging trends in higher education
  • 100% Online Curriculum - flexible courses designed to fit your busy schedule so you can keep your job while earning your degree
  • Comprehensive Curriculum - a strong curriculum that looks to the future by offering courses in trending higher education leadership topics.

This 100% online program is designed to prepare candidates to step to the higher education forefront and make an impact on the student community. Candidates will learn about campus culture, college students, and fiscal management while concurrently practicing the skills to teach, practice, and apply principles of creative problem solving, conflict resolution, leadership and ethics.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 36 credit hours: 15 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours in Higher Education Leadership courses and six credit hours of electives.

Core Courses

Higher Education Leadership Courses

Elective Courses

Two of the following:

Speaker Series

Higher Education Leadership students are required to attend at least two of the Speaker series events offered on campus or virtually. These Speakers Series events educate our Higher Education professionals about a number of relevant, current topics in higher education. Students are encouraged to attend the series in person but they will be  live-streamed for the convenience of our online students. Potential topics include:

  • Board of Trustees: Their roles and responsibilities
  • Social Listening to Advance Enrollment and Fundraising
  • Free of Speech on Campus o Starting a Social Media Student Champion Group o University Shootings: Prevention Strategies
  • The Adjunct Professor
  • Maximizing Prof. Learning Communities
  • Powerful Alumni Engagement
  • Leading Strategic Change in Academic Institutions
  • University/Colleges and Community Collaborations
  • Excelling as an Assistant/Associate Dean
  • Open Education Resources o Dreamers and Higher Ed
  • Competency Based Education
  • Disruptive Practices in Higher Ed
  • The Role of the University in a Changing World
  • Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Leadership and Character
  • Panel Presentation

Higher Education Leadership students are also welcome to come to our Leadership Conference.

Speaker Series

The Speaker Series provides an opportunity to engage in dynamic discussions on relevant higher education topics and network with experienced college professionals. It is designed to supplement classroom learning and go deeper into the challenges and issues that students and institutions face today.

Building Your Higher Education Network

The Speaker Series allows students to connect to North Central's campus and develop relationships with faculty and classmates. It provides a space to learn from higher education experts, but also collaborate with colleagues on practical application methods.

Speaker Series Topics include:

  • Social Listening to Advance Enrollment and Fundraising
  • Freedom of Speech on Campus
  • Starting a Social Media Student Champion Group
  • University Shootings: Prevention Strategies 
  • Leading Strategic Change in Academic Institutions
  • Dreamers and Higher Education
  • Disruptive Practices in Higher Education
  • The Role of the University in a Changing World

Speaker Series Details

  • Students are encouraged to attend the series in person, but the series will be also available via livestream for convenience. 
  • Each speaker series event is 1.5 hours long and will take place on a weekday.
  • Students will not be charged tuition/fees for their attendance and there is no limit to the number of speaker series events that students attend.

Graduate Online Learning

We pride ourselves on giving personal attention to our students. Our faculty are committed to getting to know their online students and work diligently to foster community within the program. Our online programs are personal but flexible. They are rigorous and challenging, yet supportive and encouraging. Our online students will not only walk away with a meaningful degree but also a community.

Learn more about graduate online learning at North Central College.