Requirements for Master of Arts in Higher Education with a Concentration in Public Policy

Degree: Master of Arts in Higher Education

Time to Degree

Typically 3 semesters (1 ½ years) if enrolled as a full-time student starting Fall Term. Part-time students (including UM employees) are welcome, and work at their own pace.

Students wanting more extensive preparation should consider the dual-degree program in Higher Education (MA) and Public Policy (MPP)

Total Credits: 30

The selection of specific courses and complementary activities (including cognate courses and experiential activities) will be determined by the student and advisor, depending on the  student’s selected area of focus. 

Master's Core - 6 credits

Students will need to fulfill the following core requirements. Students are required to take
EDUC 561 – Introduction to Higher Education; and
EDUC 764 – Public Policy in Postsecondary Education (PSE)

Concentration requirements - 12 credits

HEPP students must elect nine (9) credits in CSHPE courses that address issues of  public policy in higher education and/or have an explicit policy component, and three (3)  additional credits in CSHPE courses.  Courses previously offered that exemplify this focus include:  
EDUC 563 – The Community College
EDUC 760 – Access & Equity
EDUC 768 – Economics of Education
EDUC 863 – Planning, Analysis and Institutional Research
EDUC 865 – Evaluation and Assessment in PSE
EDUC 870 – International and Comparative Higher Education
EDUC 874 – Law and Higher Education
EDUC xxx - Other CSHPE courses as approved by the advisor 

Cognates - 6 credits

Chosen in consultation with an advisor, students are required to enroll and complete six credits of cognate coursework that address public policy issues. 

Research preparation requirement - 3 credits

EDUC 793 – Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (or equivalent)
For students pursuing careers in policy analysis, additional research preparation may be recommended.

Practicum experience - 3 credits

EDUC 777 – Administrative Practicum

Internship requirement

Students can fulfill the experiential component of this concentration by completing an approved internship experience in a setting that focuses on issues of public policy in higher education. Requests to substitute other experiential learning opportunities that fall outside CSHPE internship settings may be made to the advisor. Approval for these internships and alternate experiences will be made by the MA Program Coordinator. Students may be assigned to either institutional or public policy internships. Existing internships that address public policy issues include the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, the National Center for Institutional Diversity, and the Center for Educational Opportunity. Students with these interests also may pursue summer internships that enhance their understanding of public policy issues. In the past, students have held internships with places like the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the American Council on Education, the U.S. Department of Education, and the State Higher Education Executive Officers.

Total Credits: 30

Refer to the Master's Worksheet for Higher Education with a Concentration in Public Policy

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