The program prepares students for positions in higher education administration, student development, non-profit higher education associations, and government organizations. Today's higher education professionals are required to address both the needs of incoming traditionally aged students, as well as those of older students returning for a degree and special populations. The wide range of student backgrounds in the current complex context requires a holistic approach to college student development.
This master's degree will prepare future higher education leaders who understand higher education in the digital age, student development, multicultural and diverse populations, program development, professionalism, and learning assessment. This multidisciplinary program offers both thesis and project capstone options and is full and part-time student friendly. Alumni hold positions in areas such as career development, academic advising, assessment, facilities management, admissions, and residence life.
Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For specific information, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website.
For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.
Courses applied to the degree are subject to the following restrictions: a maximum of 6 credits may be taken through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; a maximum of 15 credits may be transfer credits; a maximum of 6 of the transfer credits may be from other accredited institutions.
Transfer credits include credits taken before first enrolling as an admitted degree-seeking student (at another institution, in another Mason graduate program, or in Mason non-degree status) or credits taken at another institution after admission to the degree program through study abroad or study elsewhere (which requires prior written approval of the director and the dean). Additional information may be found in AP.6.5.3 Transfer of Credit.
Total credits: 36
|HE 603||Higher Education in the Digital Age||3|
|HE 605||Learning Assessment||3|
|HE 606||Diversity in Higher Education||3|
|HE 610||Research Designs in Higher Education||3|
|HE 621||Higher Education in the United States||3|
|HE 644||Management and Administration of Student Services in Higher Education||3|
|HE 646||Student Development Theory||3|
Thesis or Project Capstone
Students may choose a thesis option or project option as described below. Electives can be taken outside of HE courses and should be selected in consultation with the advisor.
Students selecting the thesis option will complete the course work below. In addition to HE 799 Higher Education Thesis, students will take an additional research methods course, a research apprenticeship, and one elective.
|One additional research methods course offered at Mason with approval of an advisor.||3|
|HE 785||Research Apprentice||3|
|Select 3 credits of electives||3|
|HE 799||Higher Education Thesis (3 credits required) 1||3|
A thesis is a rigorous scholarly inquiry that requires the collection of original data and is presented in a traditional, formal, written format. It is informed by experience gained from the research apprenticeship. The guideline and deadlines for thesis submission are set by the University and administered by the University Dissertation and Thesis Service.
Students who select the project option will also complete three electives (9 credits) approved by the advisor.
|Select 9 credits of electives||9|
|HE 798||Higher Education Project (take 3 credits) 1||3|
A project is a product the student creates from existing literature such as a traditional research monograph that is smaller in scale than a thesis and/or does not rely on the collection of original data. It is a deliverable with a practical application, such as a manual, handbook, or workshop grounded in research literature.