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Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education Online

Become a highly effective educational leader in academic and student services in institutions of higher education and related organizations.

12/20/21 Next Application Due Date
01/03/22 Start Classes

Program Overview

What Our MSEd in Leadership in Higher Ed Offers You

$16,605* Total Tuition
As few as 16 months Program Duration
45 Credit Hours

Develop the foundational knowledge and problem-solving abilities necessary for leadership roles with the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education online program from Southern Oregon University. Develop a foundation in higher ed policy, practices, systems and structures to elevate your career opportunities in higher education and related fields.

This 100 percent online program is designed to help you advance your career while you continue working. Learn to practice critical thinking, empathy, and collaborative skills to engage, lead, and effect meaningful change. Through our coursework you will explore professional ethics and decision-making as they apply to higher education. You will also examine the characteristics of effective professional learning and how learning occurs within organizations from theoretical and practical perspectives.

In the MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education online program, you will:

  • develop essential skills to create and lead learning experiences for adult audiences in higher education settings,
  • address complex social, political, and fiscal factors, and
  • gain knowledge and skills needed for creating an inclusive culture in the higher education environment.

Career opportunities include:

  • Recruitment
  • Retention
  • Student Support
  • Academic Advising Coordinator/Director
  • Admissions/Enrollment Management
  • Career Services
  • Financial Aid Advisor/Coordinator/Director
  • Alumni Relations

SOU is #1 in the “Best Colleges for K-12 Education Degree Programs” rankings in the U.S. by, 2020.

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See How Affordable SOU Can Be

Our MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education online program features the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for all in-state and out-of-state students.

$369 Per Credit Hour
$16,605 Total Tuition*

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MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education Online Program Tuition and Fees

The following is the tuition breakdown for the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education online degree program.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4 Credit Hours Per Program
MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education $369 $1,476 $16,605*

Note: SOU credit hours are quarter hours. 45 SOU hours = 30 semester credit hours.

Fees: There is an $60 application fee and an $85 graduation fee. Proctoring fees, if required, are not included.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.


Dates You Need to Know

The MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education online program is designed to be flexible for busy professionals. With seven-week courses and multiple start dates each year, you can earn your degree conveniently in as few as 16 months.

Now Enrolling:

12/20/21 Next Application Due Date
01/03/22 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 04/05/21 03/22/21 03/29/21 03/31/21 04/09/21 05/23/21
Summer 1 06/14/21 05/31/21 06/07/21 06/09/21 06/11/21 08/01/21
Summer 2 08/02/21 07/19/21 07/26/21 07/28/21 07/30/21 09/19/21
Fall 09/27/21 09/13/21 09/20/21 10/01/21 10/01/21 11/14/21
Winter 01/03/22 12/20/21 12/27/21 12/29/21 01/07/22 02/20/22
Spring 04/04/22 03/21/22 03/28/22 03/30/22 04/08/22 05/22/22
Summer 1 06/13/22 05/30/22 06/06/22 06/08/22 06/17/22 08/21/22
Summer 2 08/01/22 07/18/22 07/25/22 07/27/22 08/05/22 09/18/22

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Southern Oregon University?


Applying to SOU Takes Only a Few Steps

The admission process for our MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education online is simple and streamlined so you can get started right away. Requirements for admission include:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
3.0 GPA cumulative on undergraduate coursework
No GRE or teaching license required for admission

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MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and transcripts verifying a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are granted admission status into the MSEd online degree program.
  • Applicants whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 may be invited to submit additional materials for a holistic review of their application. Depending on an initial review of your application, you may be asked to provide:
    • An additional explanation of your intentions in pursuing the degree and a description of your readiness to succeed in an accelerated online degree program, or
    • Two or three letters of recommendation speaking to your ability to succeed in an accelerated online degree program, or
    • GRE scores of at least 145 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, and 3.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previous educational institutions attended.
  • No GRE or teaching license is required to enter the program.
  • International student applicants interested in enrolling in the SOU online MSEd program should contact the Office of International Programs for information related to international admissions and visa restrictions. Contact the Office of International Programs by emailing [email protected].

Southern Oregon University considers you an international student if you are NOT a:

  • U.S. citizen or national;
  • U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.

Graduate Admission Requirements for International Students:

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized university in that country.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, documents must be official and include an English translation. Applicants are required to have documents mailed to SOU in a sealed envelope from the school, which have not been opened. SOU will not accept scans, faxes, photocopies, or already opened documents.
  • If English is not your native language, you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • You do not need to submit a score if you earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. college/university or completed your education in a native English-speaking country.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

SOU Admissions Department
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

Have a question? Call us at 800-490-7974.


The Curriculum for the Online MSEd in Leadership in Higher Ed Program is All Right Here

The MSEd with a Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (45 credit hours), including 25 credit hours of core courses and 20 credit hours of concentration courses.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores issues in education and the context in which they exist. Examines, analyzes and applies concepts in professional ethics and policies, foundational philosophies, research, leadership, and contemporary issues within their focused area of education. Learners will engage in a comprehensive review of research materials available for advanced studies in education. The intent of this course is to guide graduate learners in exploring the purpose of research, to answer questions and acquire new knowledge, thereby making important and valuable contributions to the various fields within the discipline of education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the necessary skills to become critical consumers of research related to their work. Learners will be introduced to a variety of research approaches common to the field of education. Learners will be able to evaluate, and interpret qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and action research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Focuses on the development of culturally responsive discourse and practices in the workplace. Explores how cultural perspectives, experiences and histories shape individuals who work and learn together as members of groups. Diversity in the work environment promotes acceptance, respect, and teamwork despite differences in race, identity, gender, age, ability, class, language, religion, or communication styles. Students will develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competence to promote positive and productive relationships in diverse contexts. They will learn to lead and collaborate effectively, to interact thoughtfully, to address barriers of bias, discrimination, and inequity, and to champion inclusive strategies that engage and integrate people of different identities, backgrounds, and worldviews.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Translate learning theory, innovative curricular design and 21st century skills into instructional decisions and practice. Engages learners in applying 21st century knowledge and skills to instructional decisions and practices. Introduces learners to learning theory and innovative curricular design. Challenges learners to perform a comprehensive examination of the processes, content, and assessments related to the spectrum of curriculum areas to their professional arena.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

Learners will be guided through the development of their Master’s proposal, including the IRB process. Provides learners the opportunities to practice research and professional writing skills specific to their area of concentration. May not be repeated for additional credit.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Students are guided through the development of a professional portfolio. Provides students the opportunity to analyze, reflect and demonstrate their skills and expertise in their content knowledge and professional writing specific to their area of concentration. Prerequisite(s): restricted to MSEd. Graded (A-F) only.

You must take five courses in the concentration for a total of 20 credit hours. The four courses listed below:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Focuses on exploring professional ethics and decision-making by looking at contemporary practices, policies, principles and issues within a variety of settings in education. Examines ethical dimensions of leadership through both traditional and nontraditional paradigms. Students reflect on personal ethical stances, examine the influence of ethics and values on decision-making, and analyze and critique ethical issues in a variety of contexts to frame professional ethical perspectives. Provides MEd students with information on the thesis/project process and proposal format and enables them to develop and refine ideas for potential research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Addresses the challenges of incorporating creativity into the workplace and higher education both as an issue of personal creative development and as a leadership issue related to nurturing creativity and innovation in others. Offers an opportunity to acquire and practice multiple strategies for fostering creativity and innovation in oneself and in others.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Examines higher education administration leadership through a social justice and equity lens. Relates justice, sensitivity to power and privilege, and equitable outcomes to shared governance, decision-making, economics and finance, labor relations, policy and planning, higher education law, institutional research, and organizational culture.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Introduces learners to current research and best practices in academic and student affairs with special attention towards the learning environments and factors that influence college and university student success. Examines institutional strategies for organizing, staffing and funding the extensive array of programs and services designed to meet college and university students’ economic, social, cultural, developmental (older adolescents through adult learners), and academic needs.

And your choice of one of the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Examines the history and practice of adult learning in today’s world. Relates the research, theory, and practice of cognition and learning; humanistic psychology; and adult learning to the workplace and higher education, with an emphasis on critical thinking and critical perspectives.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the pedagogy and andragogy to develop effective strategies to engage adult learners. Topics include: theory into action; effective adult teaching characteristics; learning interventions to support adult learners: self-directed, active/project-based, problem-based, experiential, and collaborative learning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores how learning occurs within organizations and characteristics of effective professional learning. Examines standards, models and conditions for implementing and sustaining learning within and across organizations. Explores learning designs that reflect adult learning theory, incorporate stakeholder voice and choice, and support continued growth as individuals advance along the career span. Topics covered from theoretical and practical perspectives include understanding people, motivation, group dynamics, communication, leadership, power, politics, conflict, diversity, culture, decision making, change and organizational structure.

Mohammad Zamani

Mohammad Zamani

"The [MSEd] program is helping me ground and develop some of the ideas I already have in legitimate theories, processes and ideals accepted in the pedagogical community. It's also giving me that legitimacy I was missing beforehand.”

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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