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Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership
The M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership aligns with the conceptual framework of the college, The Transformational Leader. In response to the lack of national standards for the preparation of higher education leaders, faculty developed the Mercer University Standards for Higher Education Leadership, a set of 13 standards with 61 embedded elements, to guide the design of this program. The M.Ed. program is designed for individuals who are seeking careers as directors, coordinators, managers, or supervisors in higher education at the mid-administration or mid-management level. Examples include Director of Financial Aid, Director of Housing, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Director of Human Resources, Director of Academic Advising, Director of Safety, Coordinator of Student Support Services, or Supervisor of Maintenance.
Program Goals
In addition to the program outcomes for all educational leadership programs at Mercer, the primary objective of the Master’s degree in Higher Education leadership is to provide students a broad-based, scholarly foundation in higher education organization, structure, administration, and governance to prepare them for entry-or mid-level leadership positions in postsecondary education. Graduates will emerge with a strengthened understanding of higher education institutions, prepared to assume leadership responsibilities in a variety of professional areas including admissions, student affairs, student services, advising, diversity, alumni relations and development, finance, human resources, facilities, athletics, and enrollment management.
Admission Requirements
To be considered for full admission, applicants must:
1. Hold a bachelor’s (or higher) degree in an approved field from a nationally accredited university.
2. Submit official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities previously attended. Minimum undergraduate GPA is 2.5.
3. Submit two official letters of recommendation (from former and/or current supervisors or instructors only).
4. Submit a $25 application fee (waived for current Mercer students and Mercer graduates).
5. Submit a signed and dated narrative of career and academic goals.
6. Be interviewed by program faculty.
M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership Degree Requirements
(30 semester hours)
The program requires 30 semester hours of coursework, in addition to an internship and the completion of a research project. The program is delivered face-to-face and online.
(30 hours)
EDEL 601. Introduction to Higher Education
EDEL 602. Student Affairs
EDEL 604. Leadership Theory
EDEL 609. Internship
EDEL 610. Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
EDEL 611. Legal Issues in Higher Education
EDEL 614. Leadership in Intercollegiate Athletics
EDEL 616. Finance in Higher Education
EDEL 618. Cultural Perspectives in Higher Education
EDEL 695. Educational Research