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Master of Education in Education Administration: Higher Education Option, M.Ed.

Boost your career trajectory in the rewarding field of higher education with this flexible and affordable online master's in education administration program.

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Pursue Your Purpose and Become a Leader in Higher Education

With UMass Lowell's Master of Education in Education Administration: Higher Education Option M.Ed. program, you will expand your abilities and learn how to make a lasting impact on the continued and future success of higher education institutions. Taught and developed by UMass Lowell's exceptional educators, the program's robust and relevant curriculum will provide the knowledge you need to effectively manage change within a higher education environment and tackle the many challenges facing colleges and universities today.

Having offered this program on campus for a decade, UMass Lowell has converted this degree into an online format — maintaining the same high-level academic standards and experience. The unique feature of this online program is that during the academic year all courses are delivered through the live online format (students attend class online in real time at specific days and times each week) with summer courses offered in the traditional online format (students complete coursework each week as their schedules allow). Live online courses replicate the live, instant interaction of a traditional in-person classroom while still offering the convenience of online learning.

With a strong focus on theory and practice informed by faculty expertise and knowledge, the online M.Ed. in Education Administration: Higher Education Option offers flexibility for working professionals, an affordable tuition rate and a high-touch experience. Graduates of the program take away a balanced understanding of current topics in the field being explored by practitioners and researchers, as well as a sense of belonging that comes from being part of UMass Lowell's intellectually vibrant educational community.

This online master's in education administration program serves aspiring as well as established professionals in higher education, including individuals with prior college work experience, those who hold current positions in different areas of higher education (such as student or academic affairs, housing and residential life, admissions, advising or research), and those who have an interest in doctoral studies. While prospective students should ideally be working or interning at a four-year school, a research university or a community college, applications from those with a wide range of work and educational experiences are also encouraged.

Employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, with expected growth resulting from increasing student enrollment in colleges and universities. The median annual wage for postsecondary education administrators was $97,500 in May 2020.
—U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021

GAIN VALUABLE KNOWLEDGE IN THE FIELD OF HIGHER ED

With UMass Lowell's online M.Ed. in Education Administration: Higher Education program, you will position yourself for a successful career in higher education leadership and deepen your understanding of a diverse range of relevant and timely topics including:

  • Theory, research and practice related to scholarship, teaching, change and innovation in higher education
  • The cognitive, moral, psycho/social, environmental and identity development of college students
  • Global learning trends and challenges, and their impact on the college campus
  • The admission, retention and achievements of minorities in higher education
  • Models of program evaluation and their effect on decision making
  • Effective practices in the planning, design and implementation of employee engagement and professional development

LEARN FROM EXPERT PRACTITIONERS AND RESEARCHERS

For nearly 125 years, UMass Lowell’s School of Education has been a leader in the field of education offering world-class programs with a reputation for innovation and excellence. School of Education faculty members understand today's education climate, and offer in-depth knowledge and expertise as active researchers, instructors, thought leaders and policy specialists. The School of Education's commitment to "Education for Transformation" enables students to:

  • Demonstrate excellent knowledge, judgment and skills in their area of professional focus
  • Use inquiry and research to address higher education leadership changes and challenges
  • Promote equity of educational opportunity and access for all members of the higher education community
  • Collaborate with other leaders, educators and community representatives to support educational excellence in higher education

As a public research university, UMass Lowell offers students the opportunity to work alongside accomplished researchers on the implementation of grant-funded projects. Applicants to UMass Lowell's M.Ed. in Education Administration: Higher Education Option program are automatically considered for a Graduate Fellowship, which gives emerging professionals an immersive, experiential learning experience that makes an impact on the lives of students.

Have Questions?

For more information about the Master of Education in Education Administration: Higher Education Option, M.Ed., please contact A.J. Angulo, Ed.D. at AJ_Angulo@uml.edu.

Curriculum Outline

- 10 courses / 30 credits
- It is recommended that students take no more than two courses in any one semester.

This program requires 30 credits of graduate study. All candidates must complete 18 credits of required coursework consisting of six credits of foundations, three credits of research and nine credits of core courses. Additionally, each candidate must choose six credits of elective study and six credits of capstone/practical training experiences. Students may petition to have a maximum of six, non-degree credit hours transferred into the program. The School of Education reviews petitions and grants credit on a case-by-case basis.

Candidates who are working in UMass Lowell's Division of Student Affairs will complete two semesters of substantial capstone/practical training at the end of their M.Ed. coursework. The capstone will be supervised and evaluated jointly by an appropriate supervisor in the division and a faculty member from the School of Education. Candidates who are not engaged in work within the Division of Student Affairs will complete six credits of capstone coursework in which they plan and implement a program within their institution of higher education designed to further the goals of their department, improve procedures or maximize the efficient operation of a particular group. The project must be planned and approved by the candidate's current supervisor (there are no placement services for this option) as well as by the School of Education faculty member overseeing the course.

Program Requirements

To be recommended for a University of Massachusetts Lowell master's degree, candidates must satisfy all of the general requirements below, plus any additional requirements that may be required by the department through which the program is offered. Any additional requirements for this program are either listed below or may be found in the University's Graduate Program Catalog.

General Requirements:

  • Students must complete the program of study designed by the department in which he or she is enrolled and approved by the University.
  • Satisfactory grades in all subjects offered for the degree must be earned (See Academic Standing).
  • All financial obligations, including tuition, fees, and expenses, must be satisfied as evidenced by completion.
  • Upon completion of all their courses, graduate degree candidates must submit a signed Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.

Graduate Program Policies

In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.

Course Descriptions

This course examines theory, research and practice that inform us about the problem of scholarship, teaching, change and innovation in higher education. Students study academic life in the larger context of the institutional structure. 3 credits.
the Student Development Theory course will provide students with a theoretical background in the developmental processes of college students. The course will cover pertinent models of student development pertaining to cognitive, moral, psycho/social, environmental, and identity development. Students will gain an understanding of each theory, and understand their practical application. 3 credits.
This course offers a detailed analysis of the major contemporary learning theories, both behavioral and cognitive. 3 credits.
This course provides an overview of the post secondary education system in the United States. It offers an interdisciplinary examination of contemporary colleges and universities with special attention to purposes, institutions, governance, and stakeholders. 3 credits.
This course explores why higher education today is in the midst of a global revolution. We will examine trends in our current age of globalization and how these trends have impacted the college campus. We will also ask hard questions about why students, faculty, universities, and entire nations seek international exchanges, what they get out of all this movement, and how it relates to the expanding significance of global citizenship. Our goal is to move beyond the "food, flags, and festivals" view of global learning and toward meaningful research agendas about the role of higher education in an age of global opportunities and global challenges. 3 credits.
This course will explore approaches to employee engagement and professional development. Organizational learning and adult learning theories will be introduced as mechanisms for delivering effective practices in the planning, design, and implementation of (1) employee knowledge, competency, and capacity-building practices and programs and (2) strategies for fostering a learning organization. 3 credits.
Evaluation tasks will be identified and the policy issues attendant to evaluation will be examined. Students will identify and discuss several models of program evaluation, understand what needs to be considered and addressed in needs assessment, and learn to identify an appropriate design for a new evaluation. Students will be expected to conduct program evaluation, present their ideas and illustrate how evaluation results can be useful for program decision making. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions

Examines theories in the changing process, strategies for effective adoption and implementation of innovations and conflict resolution. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

EDUC.6110 Introduction to Higher Education Administration.

Focuses on the preparation, admission, retention, and achievements of minorities in higher education, both past and present. 3 credits.
The Practicum I: Higher Education is the first of two culminating requirements for those students striving to earn the M.Ed. in Education Administration: Higher Education Option. Practicum I and II require students to engage in a project that demonstrates the practical application of their knowledge and skills in real-life higher education leadership activities and responsibilities over the course of two semesters; both semesters involve significant leadership work in partnership with a supervisor/mentor in an appropriate higher education site. Selection of the focus and scope of the project will be tailored to students area of focus in the Higher Education Option and their current work responsibilities. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

Pre-Req: M.Ed. matriculated only

Practicum II: Higher Education is the second in the series of two culminating requirements for those students striving to earn the M.Ed. in Education Administration: Higher Education Option. Similar to Practicum I (08.670), Practicum II (08.671) requires students to engage in the continuation of the project form Capstone I that demonstrates the practical application of their knowledge and skills in real-life higher education leadership activities and responsibilities over the course of the semester. Both Practicum semesters involve significant leadership work in partnership with a supervisor/mentor in an appropriate higher education site. Practicum II content will be tailored to students' area of focus in the Higher Education Option and their current work responsibilities. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

EDUC.6701 Practicum I: Higher Ed.Option

Introduces students to management and organizational behavior. Its general purpose is to study and understand the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. It is directed toward behavioral action components and emphasizes the close relationship between the study of organizational behavior and the practice of management. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs, or Permission of MBA Director. 2 credits.
Prerequisites:

MBA/ MSF/MSEM/MGFB/PSM or PHD.

Describes how marketing strategies and plans of a competitive enterprise are formulated, implemented, and adjusted over time. Behavioral and quantitative aspects are covered, as well as analysis of the environmental forces affecting marketing decisions. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs, or Permission of MBA Director. 2 credits.
Prerequisites:

MBA/ MSF/MSEM/MGFB/PSM or PHD.

Tuition & Fees

At UMass Lowell, we believe that students should have as much information as possible up front so they can make informed decisions before enrolling in a degree program or signing up for a course.

Tuition for all undergraduate courses offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition for all online graduate courses is also the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition is priced per credit. To calculate the tuition for a course, simply multiply the per-credit tuition by the total number of credits per course. Exception: If the total number of course contact hours is greater than the total number of credits, the per-credit tuition is instead multiplied by the total number of contact hours.

Spring 2022 Tuition

Per Credit / Contact Hour
Graduate Online Courses
(Except Graduate Online Business*, IT, Engineering and Education Courses)
$575.00
Graduate Online Business* Courses $655.00
Graduate Online IT and Engineering Courses** $590.00
Graduate Online Education Courses $470.00

*Applies to courses with the following prefixes: ACCT, BUSI, ENTR, FINA, MGMT, MKTG, MIST, POMS offered through the Manning School of Business

**Applies to courses with the following prefixes: CHEN, CIVE, EECE, ENGN, MECH, PLAS offered through the Francis College of Engineering. Applies also to MSIT courses in the Master's in Information Technology, Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity and the Graduate Certificate in Systems Models and Management.

The cost to audit a course will be charged the rates listed above.

Additional Fees

Registration Fee per Term $30.00
Late Fee for Nonpayment $50.00
Fee for Graduate Degree and Certificate Applications $50.00

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Current students can register using SiS Self-Service. New students who have not already applied and been accepted to a program must use the Non-Degree Registration Form.

You can take courses without being officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program, but you must meet course prerequisites. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited. We recommend that you register early to reserve your place in class.

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Please Note: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented within this website, the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies reserves the right to implement new rules and regulations and to make changes of any nature in its program, calendar, locations, tuition and fees. Whenever possible, appropriate notice of such changes will be given before they become effective. In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.

Career Outlook

To help you make an informed decision about continuing your education, we access real-time labor market data to provide up-to-the-minute employment information including:

  • Job postings for the occupations this program will prepare you to pursue
  • Demand for specific positions within the industry
  • Salary information (nationwide and by region)
  • Expected career growth rate over the next 10 years vs. total labor market growth rate

With this information, you'll have a clear understanding of the return on investment you can expect from this program and which skills can help you to further increase your earning power.

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Applying into a Graduate Degree Program

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For specific information regarding any of the above application materials (which may vary for some programs), please see UMass Lowell's Graduate Application Requirements at https://www.uml.edu/Grad/Process/.

Applications can be completed and submitted at any time during the year. Each application is processed — and each applicant notified — as soon as all admissions materials have been received and reviewed. For additional details, please visit https://www.uml.edu/grad/.

Graduate Program Admissions Requirements

Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before they have formally applied into the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions , or edoffice@uml.edu if you have questions about the application process.

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