Why earn a master's degree in higher education?

Application Deadlines
March 15* | Aug. 1
Oct. 15* | Dec. 1

*Priority deadline

Our program develops students as scholar-practitioners. We challenge master's degree candidates to reflect critically about issues, problems and ethical concerns facing decision makers in higher education.

As a higher education master's student, you'll:

  • Participate in a community of learners with students and faculty from diverse academic and professional backgrounds
  • Develop, deliver and assess educational programs and student support services through coursework grounded in research and best practices
  • Apply theory to practice to demonstrate how organizations, culture and environment influence and shape student behavior
  • Take active learning roles through experiential opportunities designed to prepare graduates for professional positions in higher education and student affairs
  • Complete a scholarly project based on your area of interest in higher education

Higher Education M.S. at UND

  • Core courses provide an understanding of higher education, including governance, institutional organization and culture, the roles of faculty, students and administrators.

  • Learn how to analyze quantitative and qualitative research data to improve educational outcomes.

  • Students have the opportunity to apply theory to practice through an internship at a college or university.

  • The program culminates with a written capstone project.

Careers in Higher Education


Job outlook for postsecondary education administrators through 2028

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Average advanced level salary for administrator roles such as head of multicultural student affairs

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Graduates of our program hold research, administrative and leadership positions in at community colleges, colleges and universities and tribal colleges. They also hold positions at policy and research agencies as well as state and federal government offices.

College and universities offer a wide range of opportunities. Our graduates work in departments such as:

  • Academic and career advising
  • Admissions and enrollment management
  • Athletics
  • Financial aid
  • Greek affairs
  • Housing and residential life
  • Orientation and first-year experience
  • Student activities/student life
  • Student unions

UND Higher Education Alumni

Higher Education alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Chartwells Dining
  • Morningside College
  • Career Development Center
  • Career Services, Inc.

Higher Education M.S. Courses You Could Take

Learn to Lead

UND provides a variety of options to develop your research and find your path to success.