Higher Education Administration and Policy Master's Program

Higher Education Administration and Policy M.Ed. Program

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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.

Specialization Overview


Program Overview

  • Start Term: Fall only
  • Program Length: 1-2 years; program may be completed at your own pace
  • Units: 36-unit minimum/9 classes
  • Instruction: In-person on Riverside campus.
  • Schedule: Each class meets once a week 4-7pm (Monday-Thursday)

Program Cost

Estimated program cost is $17,630 (in-state)

Out-of-state/international tuition is an additional cost. See the fee schedule here.




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.

Career Opportunities

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



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