The Master of Science in Higher Education Policy, Research, and Administration at Goucher College consists of 36 credits. It is offered in a fully online teaching/learning environment in an accelerated format through which you will complete between 2-4 courses per term, according to your preference and commitments outside of class. You have the option of a professional internship or thesis as the capstone to the program, and the internship, if selected, will be completed at a local institution near you. Courses are three credits each. 

View the M.S. in Higher Education program plan to map out your course sequence. 

Core Courses (21 credits)  

  • HEA 601: History, Philosophy, and Theory of Education
  • HEA 602: Education Law and Ethics
  • HEA 603: Budget, Finance, and Resource Allocation
  • HEA 604: Research Methods and Practice
  • HEA 605: Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Research
  • HEA 606: Managing Diverse Populations
  • HEA 607: Program Evaluation and Assessment

Core Courses Descriptions

Electives (12 credits) 

  • HEA 620: The American University/College
  • HEA 621: Admissions and Enrollment Management
  • HEA 622: Organizational Behavior and Culture
  • HEA 623: Economic and Financial Issues in Higher Education
  • HEA 624: Adult and Nontraditional Students
  • HEA 625: Student Development
  • HEA 626: Managing Resources for Success
  • HEA 627: Leadership and Supervision
  • HEA 630: Special Topics in Higher Education 

Elective Courses Descriptions

Capstone (3 credits)