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Master's in Higher Education Program: Now Fully Online!

Apr 1, 2019

The Patton College of Education’s Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program is introducing a fully online master’s degree program in Higher Education. The program, which begins Fall 2019, is designed for individuals interested in advancing related knowledge and skills while applying course concepts to real-world applications in higher education.

MHE students

“Students will thread together theoretical perspectives, the professional practice of higher education, and student-affairs work,” said Dr. David Nguyen, program coordinator and Counseling and Higher Education assistant professor. “The program is really a theory-to-practice delivery in the sense that each of the courses builds to help people better understand the evolving higher-education and student-affairs landscape.”

The two-year program will operate as a cohort and require 34 credit hours. It was previously offered as a hybrid course but is now fully online to meet the competing needs and time demands of working student-affairs professionals.

“The online format allows people beyond Central and Southern Ohio to enroll, as well as many professionals who work weekends,” said Dr. Peter Mather, department chair, Counseling and Higher Education. “The program is appropriate for people who are in entry-level administrative or even clerical positions but are looking for new employment opportunities in higher education. It can also be appropriate for people who are looking for their first professional position in higher education.”

HESA focuses on graduate-degree programs in Higher Education and College Student Personnel. Its primary mission is to prepare people for leadership roles in colleges, universities, and other agencies devoted to adult learning.

Course content will explore numerous topics – including higher-education governance, leadership, and curriculum – and provide participants with a broad knowledge of the history, purposes, and contexts of higher education, as well as organizational dynamics and research concepts and methods.

“Students are able to mold many of the course assignments to their individual professional interests, thus helping them discover and grow their particular interests and strengths,” said Mather. “Courses are taught by a combination of our Athens-based faculty and higher-education administrators, all of whom are interested in students’ professional success.”

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to translate knowledge to practice, promote the development of opportunity and diversity throughout higher education, manage and teach ethically, and commit to lifelong professional development.

“This program meets The Patton College’s goal of inspiring lifelong learning,” said Nguyen. “Regardless of whether a higher-education or student-affairs professional has been out of school for one year or 20, the goal of the program is to provide students with analytic tools to help them succeed in their work.”

Interested? Learn more about the program or The Patton College of Education here and apply for the program here. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1, 2019.