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School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership

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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.

Higher Education Leadership, M.A.

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

  • MORG 500 - Leadership and Organizational Theory

    MORG 500 - Leadership and Organizational Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    Students examine a variety of traditional and contemporary leadership theories and apply them to the behavior of business leaders, entrepreneurs and publicly known leaders. They examine power and explore the importance of ethical leadership while learning how to craft a compelling vision, create transformational change and develop followers. Organizational and systems theories are explored to help ensure students know how to build and create cultures that advance learning, growth and success.

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  • MORG 525 - Diversity and Inclusion

    MORG 525 - Diversity and Inclusion

    3.00 credit hours

    In this course, students enhance their cultural competency and learn to develop a global mindset. They begin to unravel how to identify and tackle conscious and unconscious bias and learn how to create an inclusive culture that engages and promotes people of different identities, backgrounds and worldviews. The ethical components of diversity programs are considered, with particular emphasis on recent trends in diversity and inclusion programs. Topics for study include gender, racial and ethnic diversity, as well as generational, religious, educational and socioeconomic diversity.

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  • MORG 550 - Communication, Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution

    MORG 550 - Communication, Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    Students learn key elements of group dynamics and strategic communication. They discover their own conflict style and develop tools to lead strong teams and solve conflict. Case studies and real-world examples are analyzed to help the student unravel how to approach conflict, engage in meaningful dialogue and successfully negotiate resolution.

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  • MORG 575 - Evidence Based Decision Making

    MORG 575 - Evidence Based Decision Making

    3.00 credit hours

    Students learn how to find, use and evaluate data and information to make informed decisions. They analyze information from a variety of places, including organizational information, scientific data, publications, research and professional judgment, and apply reliable evidence to a variety decision making models.

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  • MORG 696 - Innovation Project

    MORG 696 - Innovation Project

    3.00 credit hours

    This semester long course serves as a culminating experience in which students are expected to apply knowledge and insights gained from their graduate courses to an innovation project in an organization. Students must ground this project in evidence and research that demonstrates the need, purpose and goals of the initiative.

    Prerequisite(s)

    27 credit hours in graduate coursework and MORG 575.

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Higher Education Leadership Courses

  • MHED 610 - Higher Education Administration

    MHED 610 - Higher Education Administration

    3.00 credit hours

    Students learn about the purpose, structures, functions, issues and concerns within higher education. Emphasis is placed on governance and the structure of leadership in a variety of institutions. Students examine several administrative operations including academic affairs, student affairs, business/financial affairs, enrollment management, athletics, building and grounds, institutional advancement and the presidency.

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  • MHED 620 - Higher Education Past, Present and Future

    MHED 620 - Higher Education Past, Present and Future

    3.00 credit hours

    The history of higher education are examined, including how it has been defined and developed over time, the different types of colleges and universities in the U.S., and what students have learned in college through the years. Students examine how higher education has been affected by events such as the Industrial Revolution, Civil Rights Movement, World War II and globalization, and understand how history and philosophy have shaped higher education in general. They begin to explore the purpose of higher education now and in the future and work to predict the future missions and structures of colleges, universities and higher education institutions.

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  • MHED 630 - Student Development and Campus Culture

    MHED 630 - Student Development and Campus Culture

    3.00 credit hours

    Students examine the characteristics of today's college student and recognize the factors that affect development. Student development theory are studied, and particular emphasis is placed on how campus culture can affect the growth and development of a variety of student populations. By the end of the course, students are able to interpret and apply theories of student development to real student issues/campus events and to articulate the connection between student development and campus culture

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  • MHED 640 - Law and Policy in Higher Education

    MHED 640 - Law and Policy in Higher Education

    3.00 credit hours

    Students examine the characteristics of today's college student and recognize the factors that affect development. Student development theory are studied, and particular emphasis is placed on how campus culture can affect the growth and development of a variety of student populations. By the end of the course, students are able to interpret and apply theories of student development to real student issues/campus events and to articulate the connection between student development and campus culture

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  • MHED 650 - Financial Models in Higher Education

    MHED 650 - Financial Models in Higher Education

    3.00 credit hours

    Students examine how higher education in America is financed, and develop an understanding of budgeting, control and accountability. The political, economic and social issues influencing higher education finance are explored, while students consider a variety of tuition and financial aid policies. Topics for study include budgeting, control, enrollment management and tuition policy, financial aid, alumni giving, endowments, government funding and other institutional forms of fundraising.

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Elective Courses

Two of the following:

  • MBUS 500 - Data Analytics for Managers

    MBUS 500 - Data Analytics for Managers

    3.00 credit hours

    This course develops analytical skills for business professionals as it pertains to data analysis, interpretation and presentation. The course relies on real-world data to develop competencies in the approach and tools necessary to analyze data. Students gain an understanding of how data scientists use data to inform business decisions. Students develop familiarity with various data analysis and presentation programs commonly used by business professionals.

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  • MBUS 520 - Applied Managerial Marketing

    MBUS 520 - Applied Managerial Marketing

    3.00 credit hours

    Examines marketing management as a cross-functional process that joins the marketing vision for an organization with its financial goals and production capabilities. An emphasis is placed on the development of a strategic marketing plan which includes targeting, positioning of good/services and the marketing mix to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage. In addition, case studies are used to analyze marketing management problems and solutions.

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  • MHRM 515 - Strategic Human Resource Management

    MHRM 515 - Strategic Human Resource Management

    3.00 credit hours

    The course examines the role of human resource professionals as a strategic partner to organizational success. Key activities are examined including recruitment, selection, training, development, job analysis, job design, compensation, benefits, performance management and employee relations. Best practices of employers of choice are analyzed.

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  • MHRM 645 - Workforce Training and Development

    MHRM 645 - Workforce Training and Development

    3.00 credit hours

    In today's business environment, it is important to understand how best to lead employees through the process of innovation and change. This course explores the concepts of innovation, creativity and change management within organizations through theory and practice. The course explores how organizational leaders must develop an understanding of change processes (including its relationship to organizational culture, strategic management and resistance to change) as well as ways to both utilize and instill innovation in others as an instrument of change.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MHRM 515.

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  • MORG 600 - High Potential Leadership Coaching

    MORG 600 - High Potential Leadership Coaching

    3.00 credit hours

    Students learn how leaders may use coaching, mentoring, sponsoring and advising to advance organizational objectives. They discover and apply various coaching models, techniques and assessment instruments to real-world coaching scenarios while exploring coaching models such as Appreciative Inquiry, Strength Based Coaching, Career Coaching and more. The ethical considerations of coaching will be examined.

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  • MORG 625 - Assessment, Evaluation and Planning

    MORG 625 - Assessment, Evaluation and Planning

    3.00 credit hours

    This course equips students with a variety of tools and frameworks that can be applied to create meaningful growth and change in an organization. Students examine the process, purpose and methods of needs analysis and explore a variety of assessment and evaluation tools that can be used for professional development plans and organizational change initiatives. Through case studies and real-world application, students learn how to conduct a needs analysis and craft appropriate development goals. They then learn how to evaluate, assess and modify those plans to create optimal success for the organization and its employees. Ethical considerations in needs assessment and evaluation are explored.

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  • MORG 675 - Strategic Leadership and Organizational Design

    MORG 675 - Strategic Leadership and Organizational Design

    3.00 credit hours

    This course equips students with the ability to analyze organizational needs, craft strategic plans and design organizations using a systems theory approach. Through case study and realworld analysis, students are able to uncover critical challenges, strengths and opportunities within a variety of organizations. They create targeted strategic plans and organizational designs and understand how those designs serve the entire organization and its stakeholders.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MORG 625.

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  • MSPT 612 - Management of Facilities and Events

    MSPT 612 - Management of Facilities and Events

    3.00 credit hours

    Students develop the leadership required to implement best practices in the development and management of sport and recreational venues and events. Topics include facility design, planning, safety concerns, maintenance and scheduling.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MSPT 606 and MSPT 609.

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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  livestreamed 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

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

Speaker Series

The Speaker Series provides you with an opportunity to engage in dynamic discussions on relevant higher education topics and network with experienced college professionals. It is designed to supplement your 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 you to connect to North Central's campus and develop relationships with faculty and classmates that go beyond the online classroom. It provides a space for you to not only learn from higher education experts about evidenced-based strategies that work, but also collaborate with colleagues on how you can apply practical methods into your own work and career. 

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

  • You are encouraged to attend the series in person, but the series will be also available via livestream for your 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.


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