Increasing numbers of students will be enrolling in higher education degree programs during the next decade, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.*
When you earn an online Master of Science (MS) in Higher Education degree, you can gain skills and knowledge you need to develop and lead programs, services, and classes that can help students reach their full potential. Walden’s online master’s in higher education degree can help you enhance your understanding of the higher education environment across a range of functions as you learn the latest strategies and technologies that can help you and the students at your institution succeed.
Graduates of the Walden online Master’s in Higher Education degree program can gain the knowledge and skills needed to:
Find detailed information for the Adult Learning specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.
Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to http://www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.
You can work toward your degree at a speed that fits your schedule. This program offers two speeds to complete your program, allowing you the flexibility to progress at a pace that’s right for you:
After the first course, you can take one course at a time, earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once, or choose a combination of the two throughout the program to fit your changing needs.
Choose from a range of careers in higher education institutions and in organizations that support higher education, which may include:
The Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) combines a rigorous academic curriculum with practicum experiences in various areas of student life. Every HESA course is infused with an examination of equity and a passion for social justice. Class conversations and coursework focus on improving access to higher education for first generation and low-income students.
Each HESA student is connected to internship and practicum opportunities at USF or other Bay Area institutions. As part of their learning experience, they work in a student affairs division in a position that reflects their professional interests. These hands-on experiences and networking opportunities helped our last graduating cohort achieve 100% job placement in relevant student affairs positions.
Our faculty are passionate about empowering underrepresented professionals and students of color because they’ve overcome the same struggles. They’re well versed in complex issues of equality and race, inspiring dynamic classroom conversations that leverage real world situations.
Professors also take an individualized approach to their students: providing feedback on resumes and cover letters, conducting mock interviews, leveraging professional connections — providing a level of mentorship that’s increasingly rare in higher education. Meet our faculty.
Requirements include 24 credits of coursework, 3 credits of practicum and a 3 credit Masters Capstone.
Students completing the degree in HESA must complete three credits of practicum experiences during their program. The required practicum commitment is approximately 100 hours per semester or 10 hours per week.
See examples of past practicum placements that HESA students have completed.
Important objectives of the Higher Education & Student Affairs program are to train professionals who will: