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Skilled higher education leaders are in great demand as colleges and universities face more competition and financial constraints than ever before. Professionals in this field must also be prepared to guide schools and students into the distance-learning era as online courses and degree programs continue to grow.
The online Master’s of Arts in Leadership: Higher Education Specialization program from Concordia University Chicago focuses on creating leaders who achieve excellence through the ethical, effective and efficient delivery of services. Students will master the latest tools, techniques and strategies that are essential for leaders at postsecondary academic institutions.
Graduates of the higher education leadership MA program will have expertise in:
- Leadership and Excellence
- Strategic Leadership and Planning
- Ethical and Social Leadership
- Evaluation and Research for Counselors
- Law and Higher Education
Concordia University Chicago offers a variety of specialized degrees in many industries, including healthcare, business, education and human services. The online MA in Leadership: Higher Education Specialization program is designed to prepare graduates with information on the latest research and theory in their chosen field, as well as practical, real-world applications of that knowledge.
Among the topics covered in this master’s in higher education program are:
- Institutional Advancement and Development in Higher Education
- Historical and Societal Issues in Higher Education
- Fiscal and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
- Governance and Leadership in Higher Education
- Knowledge Management for Higher Education
The MA in Leadership: Higher Education Specialization program includes 33 credit hours of online coursework, including a leadership capstone experience in the final semester. Depending on whether students take one or two classes per eight-week term, they can complete the degree program in one or two years.
To be considered for admission into the online master’s in educational leadership program at Concordia University Chicago, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Prospective students are required to complete the free online application and submit required admissions materials:
- Complete the free online application and submit all required admissions materials:
- Objective Statement – Write a brief essay outlining your education and career goals and explain how an online master’s in higher education degree from Concordia University Chicago will help you fulfill those objectives.
- Official Transcripts – Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree. Full admission requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better for bachelor’s degrees and 3.0 or higher for master’s degrees.
- Letters of Recommendation – Send two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on your academic proficiency, professional competencies and personal character.
International applicants may be required to submit additional supporting materials, such as proof of English language proficiency and a foreign transcript evaluation from an approved credentialing service. For full requirements, visit the Admission & Tuition page.
There is no application fee and no GRE requirement to apply for the online higher education leadership MA program at Concordia University Chicago.
MA, Leadership: Higher Education Leadership Specialization: 33 Credit Degree Program
Higher Education Leadership Specialization Courses
|Course Number||Course||Credit Hours|
|OLDR 6000||Leadership and Excellence||3|
|OLDR 6001||Strategic Leadership and Planning||3|
|RES 6620||Introduction to Research||3|
|OLDR 6002||Ethical and Social Leadership||3|
|HLDR 6800||Law and Higher Education||3|
|HLDR 6810||Institutional Advancement and Development in Higher Education||3|
|HLDR 6820||Historical and Societal Issues in Higher Education||3|
|HLDR 6830||Governance and Leadership in Higher Education||3|
|HLDR 6840||Fiscal and Social Responsibility in Higher Education||3|
|KMIL 6020||Knowledge Management for Higher Education Leadership||3|
|OLDR 6004||Leadership Capstone||3|
Those who work in higher education leadership oversee student services, faculty research and academics at colleges and universities. They may be in charge of the entire university system or large departments such as the registrar’s office, student life or admissions.
Demand is high for qualified professionals in this field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 10% increase in employment of postsecondary education administrators between 2016 and 2026.
Earning an MA in Leadership: Higher Education Specialization prepares graduates for jobs such as:
- Academic Advisor
- Continuing Education Specialist
- Alumni Relations Director
- Director of Research
- VP of Student Affairs
Salaries vary widely depending on the exact position and the location of the school. According to BLS data from May 2017, the median salary for postsecondary education administrators was $92,360. The top 10% of postsecondary administrators earned over $182,150 annually.
Effective higher education leadership helps better the lives of students and prepare the leaders of tomorrow while ensuring that academic institutions operate in a way that is efficient, ethical and sustainable. Earning an MA in Leadership: Higher Education Specialization positions you to take on an important and influential role in this critical field.
If there is no interruption in your course of study at Concordia University Chicago, you are guaranteed there will be no increase in tuition rates. Contact us to confirm the current tuition and fees for the MA in Higher Education Leadership degree. Students who enroll in the online master’s in educational leadership program as a degree candidate are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.
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