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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 Your First 3 Credits at No Cost: Complete our Graduate Leadership Bootcamp and earn the first three credits for your master’s at Peirce for free - a savings of more than $2,300 in graduate tuition (and even more in books). Learn more.

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 the first 3 credits of your master's for free
  • 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 3, 2023
  • Session 1: Week of Sept. 5, 2023
  • Session 2: Week of Oct. 30, 2023
  • Session 3: Week of Jan. 8, 2024
  • Session 4: Week of March 11, 2024
  • Session 5: Week of May 6, 2024

Program at a Glance:




100% online

Transfer Credits:

Up to 12 transfer credits can be applied to this degree

Estimated Tuition for Degree:


*Based on regular graduate tuition of $772 per credit.

*Earn your first three credits at no cost via our Leadership Bootcamp and reduce your tuition by more than $2,300.

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*Tuition is based on current tuition and 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

Areas of Focus (student selects one)

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

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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