Requirements for Master of Arts in Higher Education with a Concentration in Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education
Students work with a faculty advisor to articulate their professional interests and to create a plan of study related to the individual's specific career goals.
The following is an overview of the master of arts in higher education with a concentration in diversity and social justice in higher education requirements. This master's degree requires a minimum of 30 credits, including the following:
Core Curriculum - 6 credits
Students will need to fulfill general master's core requirements. Students are required to take EDUC 561 - Introduction to Higher Education, and one of the following three courses: EDUC 662 - Learning and Development in Higher Education, EDUC 663 - Organizing for Learning, or EDUC 864 - American College Student
Concentration Requirements - 12 credits
DSJHE students must elect two (2) three-credit CSHPE courses that address diversity issues and/or have an explicit diversity and social justice component. Courses previously offered that exemplify this focus include:
- EDUC 760 - Access and Equity
- EDUC 873 - Race, Gender, and Ethnicity
- EDUC 771 - Diversity and Merit in Higher Education
EDUC 771 - Social Justice Education and Research - Symposium Series and affiliated workshops
(1 credit per term)
- Other CSHPE courses as approved by the DSJHE Advisory Committee
Reasearch Preparation Requirements - 3 credits
- EDUC 695 - Research and Educational Practice, or
- EDUC 793 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
Cognates - 6 credits
Chosen in consultation with an advisor, students are required to enroll and complete six credits of cognate coursework. At least three of these credits will be from courses that address diversity issues and/or has an explicit diversity and social justice component.
Practicum Experience - 3 credits
Students can fulfill the experiential component of this concentration by completing an approved internship experience in a setting that focuses on diversity and social justice issues. Requests to substitute other experiential learning opportunities that fall outside CSHPE internship settings may be made to the concentration coordinator. Approval for these internships and alternate experiences will be made by the DSJHE Advisory Committee in consultation with the MA Program Coordinator.
Existing internships that address diversity and social justice issues include Common Ground, Spectrum Center, Intergroup Relations, MESA-Growing Allies, National Center for Institutional Diversity, Center for Educational Outreach, the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, and Global Scholars Program.
Integrative Activity (Recommended)
We suggest that each student complete a "product" that reflects his or her learning within this concentration, drawing from coursework, the internship and other experiential learning, and the symposia/workshop series. This product will include an integrative component in which the student explicitly analyzes and reflects upon his or her preparation and future goals in light of his or her participating in this cluster of courses and experiences. Students who wish to earn credit for completing the Integrative Activity may do so within the context of EDUC 771 - Social Justice Education and Research.
For a summary of master's degree requirements, see the Master's Worksheet for Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education.