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Higher Education

Master's Degree Program


Graduate opportunities

In the higher education graduate program, we develop professionals who plan, operate and improve the effectiveness of higher education. This is accomplished by researching the historical, theoretical and philosophical aspects of the field.

We provide course work, independent study, and research and service opportunities leading to a Master of Education degree in Higher Education. The degree prepares you for entry-level and mid-level management

  • advancement offices
  • advising centers
  • alumni offices
  • career centers
  • development offices
  • diversity centers
  • Greek life
  • international student offices
  • residence life
  • student housing
  • student unions

The curriculum focuses on teaching and practicing academic integrity and ethical behavior as professionals and individuals. Specializations are available in advancement, community college administration, general administration, adult education and student services administration.

Outstanding faculty

Our faculty members have written, co-written or edited more than two dozen books, monographs and book chapters and more than 100 articles in refereed journals. Their research areas include information bases for decision making by higher education administrators, higher education financing strategies for the 21st century and transfer issues in state policies and college

  • served as editors or editorial board members for the Journal of College Student Development, the College Student Affairs Journal, and the Community College Journal of Research and Practice
  • presented papers at national, regional and state professional meetings and conferences

The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-466-7496). This distinction means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education. The college is also one of the top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals

Research centers and opportunities

The Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education prepares students for leadership positions (teaching and administration) and to pursue research in the community college field. It also supports the Don A. Buchholz Endowed Chair in Higher Education.

The Center for Higher Education explores the impact of trends and legislation on higher education. Participants conduct research in cooperation with other agencies at national, state and regional levels.

The North Texas Community College Consortium is supported by several community colleges in the region and provides professional development opportunities for member institutions.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You will need to apply for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School as well as the program. The specific requirements and procedures for graduate school admission are outlined at the catalog. You may also contact the higher education program office at 940-565-2045 or visit our website.

When applying to the higher education program, you are required to have an overall 2.8 GPA and submit the following to the department:

  • program application
  • three letters of recommendation
  • writing sample

An interview may be required. All required admission materials must be filed with the department by July 1 for the fall semester, Nov. 15 for the spring semester, or April 1 for the summer semester.

Degree requirements

M. Ed. degree

  • 18 semester hours of higher education core courses
  • 9 semester hours of higher education specialization courses
  • 6 semester hours of an internship or field project
  • 3 semester hours of a research course

In addition, you will need to maintain a minimum 3.0 overall GPA to earn the degree.

Financial assistance

Our department funds several scholarships to help you pursue your graduate education. We also have graduate and research assistant positions available. For more information on the scholarships and assistant positions, visit our website. Information about other financial assistance programs is at the Graduate School website or the Financial Aid site.