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Higher Education Leadership Program (M.Ed.)

  • Program Overview

    M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership (36 Credits)

    Endicott College’s Master’s in Education degree in Higher Education Leadership is designed for professionals who want to advance their careers as entry to mid level administrators at colleges and universities. What sets our program apart is the contemporary and innovative curriculum which prepares students to affect real change within the field of Higher Education. The  knowledge on historical and contemporary issues they will obtain, as well as the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship and capstone project, will enable students to become impactful leaders and change agents for the field of Higher Education Leadership. 



    • Students acquire global and cross-cultural competence

    • Flexible curriculum designed for working professionals

    • Electives tailored to professional goals

    • Individualized advising and support

    • 6 week course modules allowing students the ability to complete the program in one year


    Additional features: 

    • Asynchronous online instruction

    • Designed for working professionals

    • Rolling admissions

    • Courses meet in 6 week modules

    • Flexible and affordable 

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at:

    Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation: one academic reference and one professional reference. If an academic reference is not available, two professional letters are required;
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission

    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will:

    • Identify significant historical developments and philosophical debates that have impacted the evolution of higher education in the U.S
    • Discuss key legal issues facing colleges and universities, including legislation that impacts decision-making within institutions and the rights and responsibilities of students, faculty, and staff
    • Apply student development theory to design programming that is developmentally appropriate and fosters students' learning and development
    • Apply organizational behavior and leadership theories to help institutions carry out their missions
    • Use assessment, program evaluation, and research data to inform practice and administrative decisions

    Required Curriculum



    • HEDL 500 - History of Higher Education (Cr: 3)
    • HEDL 512 - The Role of Faculty in Colleges and Universities (Cr: 3)
    • HEDL 520 - Legal Issues in Higher Education (Cr: 3)
    • HEDL 525 - Student Affairs (Cr: 3)
    • HEDL 531 - Budget, Finance, and Operations in Higher Education (Cr: 3)
    • HEDL 523 - Governance and Decision-Making (Cr: 3)
    • HEDL 530 - Action Research (Cr: 3)
    • HEDL 526 - Program Evaluation and Assessment (Cr: 3)
    • HEDL 521 - Ethical Leadership (Cr: 3)
    • OB 510 - Group Dynamics (Cr: 3)
    • HEDL 585 - Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (Cr: 3)
    • HEDL 590 - Capstone (Cr: 3)

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

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