Higher Ed Program

Welcome to the Higher Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education. The Higher Education graduate program is geared toward people who are interested in pursuing careers as administrators, faculty, researchers, policy analysts, and student affairs professionals in colleges, universities, and state or federal agencies devoted to post-secondary education.

The program offers the Master’s (M.Ed.) and Doctoral (Ed.D.) degrees, and each program of study has structured course offerings as well as the flexibility to choose electives and design a plan of study that incorporates your personal interests while satisfying the program requirements. The M.Ed. program emphasizes preparation for a career as an administrator in student affairs or academic affairs, while the Ed.D. program stresses preparation for a career as an administrator, researcher, or faculty member.

We also offer a graduate certificate in Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM). The HELMs graduate certificate is a 15-credit academic program focused on the study of leadership, management and organization in higher education with a focus on the intersection of theory and practice. This graduate certificate is aimed at the many current and future leaders in higher education who would benefit from leadership training, but who do not need another advanced degree. The program is transitioning to a fully online format (beginning Fall 2014 all courses will be available online), making it convenient for busy professionals from a wide geographic area.

For more information contact

Master’s program – Gary Malaney, malaney@educ.umass.edu
Doctoral program – Ryan Wells, rswells@educ.umass.edu
Graduate certificate – Kate Hudson, khudson@educ.umass.edu