Higher Education Administration and Policy M.Ed. Program

The Higher Education Administration and Policy master's program provides you with the tools and knowledge you need to research and understand the complex challenges facing higher education administration and policymakers today. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty who are experts in critical race theory, student affairs, campus climate, higher education, and more. The program's curriculum prepares you for a variety of roles in higher education, such as student affairs, admissions, or academic outreach, or to pursue a Ph.D. program.

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Program Overview


Some of the courses you may take include:

EDUC 248T: Understanding Research in Higher Education
EDUC 248F: Financing Higher Education
EDUC 248G: Higher Education Governance
EDUC 248I: Critical Issues in Higher Education
EDUC 248M: The Community College
EDUC 248P: Historical Perspectives on Campus Life
EDUC 248S: The College Student
EDUC 248W: Whiteness, Power and Privilege

Each class meets once a week Monday through Thursday 4-7pm. Visit our quarterly schedule for course times.

Students enrolled in the Higher Education and Administration and Policy master’s program will take 36 units/9 classes. After completing the coursework, students complete an analytical report integrating content from higher education courses with practice on the topic of their choice. This program is available for Fall only admission.

See our full curriculum overview

Recent graduates are:

  • Academic advisors
  • Residence life and housing coordinators
  • Multicultural affairs coordinators
  • Athletics advisors
  • Student academic success program coordinators
  • International student and service learning programs coordinators
  • Financial aid officers
  • Admissions officers
  • Academic alumni relations coordinators
  • Campus recreation coordinators
  • Career services coordinators

Applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their bachelor's degree program and have a strong interest in working in or advancing their position at an institution of higher education.

Don't have a 3.0 GPA? We recommend taking one or two classes from the M.Ed. Higher Education Administration and Policy curriculum through UCR Extension concurrent enrollment before applying to the program. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator today for more information.

See our admissions page for more information about application materials and deadlines.

Meet the Higher Education Administration and Policy Faculty

We encourage prospective students to reach out to faculty whose research interests align with their own.

Faculty and Research 

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Athletics
  • College access
  • Critical race theory
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Faculty
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Racial equity

Read more about our faculty research.

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