M.Ed. Higher Education Administration

Schiller’s Higher Education Administration specialization is designed to provide an understanding in functional administration by providing students with the tools and skills to effectively communicate and lead as a supervisor in college or university settings. Students will master skills in college student development, educational law, financial management and administration by practicing a variety of real-world skills and competencies. This online program is designed to prepare students for career entry in academic administration and student affairs in higher education or for advancement in the profession.

Schiller offers the MBA both on campus and online using distance education methods. Students complete the core curriculum comprising of 30 semester credits. To graduate, students must complete a minimum of 30 credits, including transfer credits, and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all courses completed at Schiller as well as fulfilling all other degree requirements.

Offered at the following campuses:


Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:
1) Align program content with organizational goals and professional standards.
2) Work collaboratively with fellow professionals to support the teaching and learning process.
3) Design, deliver, and evaluate programs for effective teaching, training, and learning.
4) Integrate appropriate technology into program design and delivery.
5) Assess, evaluate, and revise curriculum in terms of achievement of learning outcomes

Additional Admission Requirement: Completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business administration or completion of a bachelor degree in a related field.

Program Outline



Course Title Credit


EDU500 Foundations, Issues & Trends in Education 3
EDU505 Research Methods 3
EDU548 Best Practices in Online Instructional Delivery 3
HEA550 College Student Development 3
HEA650 Higher Education Leadership 3
EDU655 Professional Development Leadership 3
HEA570 Curriculum Development 3
HEA603 Program Evaluation 3
HEA640 Education Finance 3
HEA680 Education Law 3

Course Descriptions

EDU500 – Foundations, Issues, & Trends in Education (3 credits)
This course explores current thinking on teaching and learning in organizational settings. These themes include the role of world views, traditional and contemporary theories, valuing and effectively addressing the specific needs diverse populations, the challenges of an increasingly globalized society, the role of professional standards and organizational goals, assessment and evaluation, and the impact of technological advances. The goal of this course is to facilitate students’ abilities to turn thoughts into well-informed opinions and ideas into effective action.

EDU505- Research Methods (3 credits)
This course is designed to enable students to evaluate and conduct research. The course comprises a study of research theory, research design, formatting conventions, and the critical analysis of published research reports. The role of Action Research in the context of making data-supported leadership decisions will be a central theme.

EDU548-Best Practices On-line Instructional Delivery (3 credits)
This course explores, analyzes, and evaluates teaching strategies and learning theories as applied to various student learner populations, with emphasis on diversity in learning styles. Students learn to select appropriate and effective teaching strategies for online instruction. Evaluation models related to the measurement of student learning outcomes in virtual settings are examined. Topics include multimedia resources and distance learning methods. Fieldwork opportunities assist the student in developing and refining his or her personal on-line teaching methods.

EDU655-Professional Development Leadership (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to facilitate school/district professional development goals, and programs to realize those goals. Professional development is crucial to the realization of a school and district vision/mission. 21st Century teaching and learning require educational leaders at all levels to possess the most current, research-based knowledge of pedagogy, resources, and the learning community at large. These goals should ultimately lead to greater achievement by all students within the context of the law.

HEA550 – College Student Development (3 credits)
This course examines a range of cross-disciplinary theories of human development that are linked to maturation, life-long learning, and personal growth specific to adult learners. Student learning, engagement, and academic success are examined with the context of both traditional and nontraditional students. The tools and techniques of higher education policies, procedures, and practices are applied to higher education in general and to student affairs and services in particular. Prerequisites: Advanced Standing.

HEA570 – Curriculum Development (3 credits)
This is specifically designed to provide students with the ability to analyze, evaluate, and understand the foundations of teaching and learning and how they relate to curriculum development. Course topics include the history, principles, philosophy and concepts that underlie curriculum and instructional practices in organizational learning communities. Course assignments focus on activities which relate the student’s personal experience to theory and relate this reflection to the larger organizational perspective.

HEA603-Program Evaluation (3 credits)
The design and implementation of evaluation of educational programs is crucial to ensuring student achievement and program quality. Students in the will critically explore and analyze the theory and practice of educational evaluation by reviewing evaluation reports and papers, preparing evaluation designs, and developing evaluation instruments. The focus of this course is contextualized in key issues in higher education, including assessment of the educational performance of students, instructors, instructional delivery, programs/departments, and the impact of institutional, state, and national educational policies. Prerequisites: Advanced Standing.

HEA680– Education Law (3 credits)
This course provides the prospective educational leader with a foundation in education law and the skills necessary to administer and manage an institution of higher education. Topics include student and teacher rights, issues of due process, religious issues, personnel and contracts, persons with Prerequisites: disabilities, First Amendment rights, liability and torts, supervision, legislative processes, and related matters Prerequisites: Advanced Standing

HEA650 – Higher Education Leadership (3 credits) .
This course is designed to provide students new insights and practical tools, as well as language and tactics for fostering a more effective approach to leadership. A positive academic leadership style is more constructive and plays to the strengths of leaders rather than to the weaknesses of their institution. Offering time tested and fresh ideas for becoming the type of leader who act as a coach, counselor, and conductor for faculty, staff, and students, this course demonstrates how positive leadership can become a day to day practice. This course draws on the most current research on positive leadership in neuroscience, psychology, management, organizational behavior, and other disciplines and translates their lessons into real world examples.

HEA640 – Education Finance (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for effective business leadership. The course addresses the concepts of finance including the economics of higher education, issues of equity, sources of revenue, types of expenditures, court cases related to institutional funding, the development of finance systems, and administering the budget as well as the local, state, and federal roles in funding higher education. Prerequisites: Advanced Standing