Prepare to Advance with an Online Master’s in Higher Education Leadership

The MS in Higher Education Leadership program will prepare you for professional advancement in the higher education sector.


Graduates will gain competencies and expertise in serving adults and other nontraditional students as well as assessment, accreditation and compliance, and diversity and inclusion in higher education. You will also be able to select one of the following areas of focus:

  • Student Services & Enrollment Management
  • Instructional Technology & Online Learning
  • Data Analytics
  • Development and Philanthropy
  • Organizational Leadership

Earn This Degree for $9,900: Take advantage of this special, limited-time offer for new students, which is 57% less than our regular graduate tuition.

Free Books:  New students can get free books for their first course. 

Earn Credit for What You Already Know, including expertise you have gained in your career. Learn more.

What You Can Expect

  • Accelerated, online 7– and 8-week courses
  • Weekly, optional, live online sessions with your professors
  • The opportunity to earn credit for what you have learned in your career
  • The ability to finish your master’s in less than 18 months
  • Lively interaction with your fellow busy adult students and faculty
  • To gain expertise in serving adults and other nontraditional students, assessment, accreditation and compliance and diversity and inclusion that can be applied to your job on day one
  • Flexible formats that work around your busy schedule

The program is ideal for higher education professionals and those in related fields who are interested in advancing their career in a wide range of areas, such as admissions, advising, advancement, faculty development and student services. 


Upcoming Start Dates


We are ready when you are ready! 
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 


Upcoming Session Starts

  • Session 6: Week of July 1, 2024
  • Session 1: Week of August 26, 2024
  • Session 2: Week of October 21, 2024
  • Session 3: Week of January 13, 2025
  • Session 4: Week of March 17, 2025
  • Session 5: Week of May 12, 2025

Program at a Glance:




100% online

Transfer Credits:

Up to 9 transfer credits can be applied to this degree

Estimated Tuition for Degree:


*Based on a special, limited-time graduate tuition of $330 per credit for new students (does not include fees or books).

Emergency Student Aid

Emergency Student Aid grants are available for Peirce students. Grants can be used to pay off balances, cover tuition, buy books, and for all costs of attendance, including food, rent, childcare, and transportation. Learn more.

MS in Higher Education Leadership Curriculum

Total Credits: 30

Requirement PrerequisiteCredits
OLM 501Foundations of Contemporary Leadership - Theory & Practice
OLM 503Applied Research MethodsOLM 501 must be completed or concurrently enrolled.3
OHL 510Theories of Adult and Non-Traditional Education 3
OHL 520Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Higher Education
OHL 530Assessment, Accreditation, and Compliance in Higher Education
OHL 540Developing Trends in Higher Education

Academic Track (student selects one)

  • Data Analytics
  • Development and Philanthropy
  • Enrollment Management and Student Services
  • Instructional Technology and Online Learning
  • Organizational Leadership

OHL 590Practicum/Capstone in Higher Education LeadershipAll prior courses must be completed; may be taken in same term as one other course in program.6
Total  30


Data Analytics Academic Track:

  • OPM 540 Data Analytics (6 credits)

Development and Philanthropy:

  • ONL 520 Development and Philanthropy (6 credits)

Enrollment Management and Student Services:

  • OHL 550 Enrollment Management (3 credits)
  • OHL 560 Student Services Leadership (3 credits)

Instructional Technology and Online Learning:

  • OHL 570 Instructional Technology for Non-Traditional Learning Environments (3 credits)
  • OHL 580 Online Teaching and Learning (3 credits)

Organizational Leadership (Choose 2):

  • OLM 511 Systems Dynamics and Change (3 credits)
  • OLM 521 Ethical Decision Making (3 credits)
  • OLM 523 Transcendent Leadership (3 credits)
  • OLM 531 Leading Culturally and Generationally Diverse Populations (3 credits)
  • OLM 540 Business and Professional Communication (3 credits)
  • OLM 550 Strategic Human Resource Management (3 credits)
  • OLM 560 Developing Systems Literacy (3 credits)
  • OLM 570 Strategic Management and Finance (3 credits)
  • OLM 580 Leading Project Management Strategy (3 credits)


Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Synthesize and apply current leadership trends in higher education
  2. Develop and apply an assessment and learning framework
  3. Integrate current themes in social justice into higher education leadership roles
  4. Apply best practices in leadership and research into higher education leadership roles

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