Graduate School of Education

Education Administration, M.Ed. - Higher Education

M.Ed. Education Administration: Higher Education Option
The focus of this degree is policy and practice in Higher Education. Candidates complete 30 credits of coursework, with some courses offered on campus and some online, providing the flexibility for working professionals to complete the degree in a timely and convenient manner. The program is open to individuals who have had substantial experiences in higher education work while undergraduates, or who are currently working in higher education. For applicants who are undergraduate students at UMass Lowell, a “PLUS ONE” route is available (see PLUS ONE admission requirements below).

The degree requires 30 credits of graduate study. All candidates must complete 18 credits of required course work consisting of six credits of foundations, three credits of research and nine credits of core courses. 
Additionally, each candidate chooses six credits of elective study and six credits of capstone experiences. 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 Graduate School of Education. Candidates who are not engaged in work within the Division of Student Affairs will complete six credits of capstone course work 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 GSE faculty member overseeing the course.

The GSE's commitment to "Education for Transformation" provides opportunities for Higher Education Option students to

  • Demonstrate excellent knowledge, judgment and skills in their area of professional focus.
  • 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.
  • Use inquiry and research to address higher education leadership changes and challenges.

Admission Requirements
Applicants to the degree should be working or interning at an institution of higher education. They must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution which has been earned with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Applicants must submit the following items to Graduate Admissions:

  • Admissions statement which describes the candidate’s experience in a higher education role and goals for the future.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who know the quality of the candidate’s work, at least one reference should be from a supervisor for whom the applicant works in a higher education setting.
  • Official transcripts 
  • GRE, MAT, or GMAT official scores 
  • Application Fee 
  • TOEFL scores as appropriate
Admission to the “PLUS ONE” Program
UMass Lowell undergraduates may apply to the PLUS ONE program in the first semester or the final year of their undergraduate degree. The “PLUS ONE” route is open to UMass Lowell eligible undergraduates only who have had substantial experience in Academic or Student Affairs-related areas and who are recommended by appropriate staff of the division. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. If accepted, candidates may take two graduate level courses in the second semester of their final year which may be counted toward both their undergraduate and graduate degree with permission of the undergraduate advisor. Applicants to the PLUS ONE program must submit:

  • Admissions statement which describes the candidate’s experience in student affairs and goals for their future career.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who know the quality of the candidate’s work. At least one recommendation must come from the Dean, Associate or Assistant Deans of the Division of Student Affairs. 
  • GRE, MAT, or GMAT official scores 
  • TOEFL scores as appropriate
For information about the program contact Dr. Charmaine Hickey Charmaine_Hickey@uml.edu

For the latest course information please see the UMass Lowell on-line Graduate Catalog.