Valeria Morales

What is the Professional Master’s in Higher Education?

As the demand for knowledgeable, ethical, and diverse leaders in higher education continues to grow, the new professional MA program will help you broaden your knowledge of higher education policy, research, and practice, especially in the areas of student affairs, academic affairs, diversity, and community engagement.

We offer a supportive community and flexible coursework designed to accommodate busy professionals’ schedules. An innovative collaborative effort between the School of Education and all departments on campus, the program offers a dynamic combination of academic knowledge and experiential education.

What can you do with an MA in higher education?

Employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow nearly 10% from now through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the School of Education, we are committed to professional preparation of educators, administrators, and student development and student affairs specialists in higher education environments.

Graduates will be better prepared for a variety of positions within higher education leadership settings, community outreach and nonprofit organizations including diversity, equity, and community engagement; student activities; academic advising; multicultural centers; career planning; residence life; compliance; orientation; commuter affairs; college unions; recreation centers; student conduct; mentoring; K-12 bridge programs; health services; and research.

"As a first-generation college student, I know that higher education can open doors of opportunity. As chancellor, I witness it every day," said Chancellor Philip DiStefano.  "Interwoven into each successful institution of higher education is a diverse, dedicated team of student affairs and academic leaders. We are proud to offer CU Boulder’s new Master’s in Higher Education program, where professionals can explore, learn, and thrive in rewarding careers that transform students’ lives and communities."

Degree Planning

The comprehensive curriculum consists of 36 credits in the following categories that allow for the flexibility to focus on one or many areas of interest:

  • Foundations of Higher Education (12 credits)
  • Higher Education Practice (12 credits)
  • Research and Evaluation (6 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)

Enrollment Information

For more information, contact or 303-492-6555.