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One Master’s Degree in Higher Education. Many Career Paths.

You want to shape learning environments that empower adults to reach their potential. As one of the top granters of master’s degrees in higher education in the U.S.1 Walden can help you become the change leader you aspire to be.

In our master’s in higher education program, you’ll have the opportunity to work with—and learn from—a vibrant community of innovators, critical thinkers, and problem solvers. Build a versatile skill set that allows you to stay ahead of the curve in a dynamic field.

Our master’s in higher education degree prepares educators for a range of roles and opportunities in postsecondary education, training, and professional development.

The Educator of Educators®

Walden is home to nearly 60,000 education alumni,2 including more than 150 state teachers of the year.

Practitioner Faculty

Our faculty are all passionate, experienced practitioners with a deep understanding of learning and development.

Multiple Career Paths

Build contemporary skills customizable for different roles and settings, from corporate training to academia.

Personalized Learning

Focus on challenges in your current job. Build a portfolio of relevant work you can share with your current or future employer.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 Walden Live & Learn Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 1, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Specializations

General Program

Explore educational strategies and management principles that could help you address today’s most pressing issues facing higher education institutions and improve organizational and student success.

Adult Learning

Explore emerging theories, research, and best practices that can be applied to create effective education experiences for this unique population of learners.

College Teaching and Learning

Examine the major steps in the teaching and learning process: planning, developing, and facilitating learning experiences and assessing outcomes.

Enrollment Management and Institutional Marketing

Learn to develop strategies—using all types of communication tools—that attract students and promote your institution.

Global Higher Education

Broaden your understanding of global trends and issues in higher education.

Leadership for Student Success

Gain the tools you need to develop and measure programs that support student success.

Online and Distance Learning

Explore the most current online technologies to support student learning and organizational effectiveness.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Build an Advanced, Versatile Skill Set

In our online master’s in higher education program, you’ll develop transferable skills that can help you excel in your current job or pursue new opportunities. Explore strategic planning and budgeting and learn how to build a strong culture and high-performing teams. For your capstone, you’ll have the chance to use your new skills and insights to solve a real challenge from your own workplace.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Judith Blakely

    Judith Blakely

    Academic Coordinator

    A veteran of urban educational systems, Dr. Blakely is certified in multiple states as a school superintendent; school administrator (P–12 principal); and director of special, bilingual, and gifted education. She is also a member of the National Association for Bilingual Education.

    Read Judith's Bio
  • Chris Cale

    Chris Cale

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Cale has served as a teacher, counselor, principal, consultant, and university instructor for more than 27 years. He has a solid knowledge base in educational and leadership principles sustained by both his educational pursuits and his extensive career in education.

    Read Chris's Bio

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s online Master’s in Higher Education program, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Apply an understanding of higher education systems, business principles, and student learning in solving institutional problems to drive institutional and student success.
  • Make effective decisions based on critical evaluation of research and data.
  • Articulate the perspectives and interests of multiple stakeholders.
  • Choose leadership approaches appropriate to the culture of the organization.
  • Demonstrate an ability to deploy resources to achieve intended results.
  • Evaluate the potential impact of policies and processes on student outcomes.

Career Outlook

With more people seeking higher education to meet their career goals, demand for postsecondary teachers is on the rise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of these professionals is projected to grow 9% through 2029.3

With the versatile MS in Higher Education degree, you’ll be ready to pursue a variety of hands-on and leadership roles in academia, business, and government. Gain the skills and confidence to expand your career possibilities and make a positive impact for your organization.

An MS in Higher Education prepares you for job roles such as:4 

  • Administrator
  • Professional developer and trainer
  • Academic director
  • Research and planning director
Walden is the

No. 2

granter of higher education and higher education administration master’s degrees in the U.S.1

An MS in Higher Education prepares you to work in settings such as:

  • Community colleges and universities
  • Government agencies
  • Corporate training and development
  • Workforce development

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.


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