Higher Education Public Policy

Degree: Master of Arts in Higher Education

This program is designed for students interested in broad policy issues that affect higher and postsecondary education, such as state governance and coordination, financial aid funding, and affirmative action in admissions and hiring. The challenges that face higher education require that educators not only adapt to change but also engage in developing a vision of higher education for society.

Our main goal for graduate training is to prepare individuals for leadership in shaping the future of higher education through generating and applying knowledge, advancing the role of higher education in supporting the public good, and improving institutional practice. This is accomplished through coursework and experiences designed to increase students’ understanding of higher education as an academic area of inquiry and practice. Toward this end, our curriculum is geared toward preparation for administrative, research, and policy careers in higher education and related enterprises.

This concentration is distinctive in several ways:

Graduate study in this concentration considers public policy issues at the institutional, local, system, state, and federal levels, and may be extended to international and comparative contexts as well. It has the objective of providing a deep understanding of the political context of education in addition to a basic set of tools for policy analysis and evaluation.

For more on Rackham and CSHPE GPA and grade requirements, see CSHPE Minimum Grade and Incomplete Policy

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