Higher Education Emphasis, M.Ed.


The Division of Higher Education prepares individuals to engage with critical issues in higher education through the growth of skills and knowledge in assessment and research, student development, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and administrative leadership.  Iowa State University has a rich tradition of preparing scholars and leaders in the field of higher education.

The Division of Higher Education in the School of Education offers an online M.Ed. higher education emphasis with sub-concentration areas in:

  • Community College Leadership
  • Higher Education Administration

The M.Ed. in Higher Education is designed to support knowledge of theories, practices, and policies that shape various postsecondary contexts. Students achieve learning outcomes through a broad range of courses that cover foundational topics and a specific set of classes focused on sub-concentration areas.

Admissions Requirements

The program can be started in any semester.  Students starting in the fall and taking two courses per semester (including summer) can expect to complete the program in 5 semesters (20 months). The program can be completed taking one course per semester over a longer period of time following a plan developed with a faculty advisor.

For more information visit the Graduate College website.


The program requires 21 credits of core curriculum and 9 hours in a sub-concentration for a total of 30 credits and may be completed over two academic years plus one summer.

Contact Information

Graduate Support Specialist