Higher Education and Master of Public Policy (Dual Degree)

Degree: Master of Arts in Higher Education and Master of Public Policy (Dual Degree)

Peter Riley Bahr

Associate Professor Peter Riley Bahr seeks to deconstruct students' pathways into, through, and out of community colleges and into the workforce or on to four-year postsecondary institutions.  

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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. As with our other master's programs in higher education, a feature of this program is the interaction among students with different professional backgrounds and diverse career goals. Students have opportunities to work with other master’s students in required courses as well as with doctoral students in cognate and elective courses. As students work together on assignments and discuss issues in and out of class, students come to appreciate and understand the multiple frames of reference that may be brought to bear on higher education decision-making.

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, faculty, research, and policy careers in higher education and related enterprises.

Typically, students in this program spend the first year in either the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy or the School of Education and the second year in the other program. Students may begin at either school.

Profiles of student and alumni ambassadors who have participated in the higher education programs provide additional information about who fits in a program and what they might do after graduating.

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

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