Board of Regents approves new professional Master's degree in higher education

Published: Feb. 20, 2017
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At its regular meeting on Feb. 16-17 at the Boulder campus, the University of Colorado Board of Regents voted 7 to 0 to approve a new professional graduate degree program in higher education in the CU Boulder School of Education. The program is designed to prepare students to work in several areas, including Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs.

Ann Schmiesing, dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for Graduate Affairs, says the MA in higher education is an exciting collaboration between the School of Education and the Division of Student Affairs.

“This degree combines the established teaching and research strengths of [the School of] Education with the professional expertise of Student Affairs and responds to strong student and employer demand for master’s-level higher education programs in Colorado and beyond.”

Kathy Schultz, dean of the School of Education, says the program will provide students opportunities to participate in two practice-based experiences in higher education institutions in their areas of interest.

“We are particularly pleased that this program fills an important need in our region for higher education professionals,” Schultz said. “The program is designed for working professionals and will include online and hybrid courses.”

Schultz said the college will reach out to people on campus who are currently working in positions without a master’s degree and to potential students throughout Colorado and across the country who seek to learn with and from the talented faculty in the School of Education.

“Our commitment as a school to justice, equity and diversity will be the cornerstone of this program.”


Read the full February Board of Regents recap in CU Boulder Today.