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Higher Education, Student Affairs, & International Education Policy--Higher Education Concentration, Master of Arts (M.A.)

A minimum of 36 credit hours in Higher Education beyond the bachelor’s degree is required.  Coursework includes higher education core courses and electives, as well as research methods courses.  Students are also required to participate in an internship and complete a seminar paper.  Average completion is two years if enrolled full-time. Students work with an advisor to develop an individualized program of study. Students may choose whether to complete a thesis or undertake field experience and complete a seminar paper. 

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For more information visit the graduate admission requirements webpage. Select an area of interest from the various offerings in the College of Education to determine the admission requirements and deadlines.  If you are unsure of your area of interest you may request information by submitting an Inquiry Form

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Please refer to the Guide to Applying for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of Frequently Asked Questions.  International applicants should visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.  For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact:

Judy Foster, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Office of Student Services, College of Education
(301) 405-2359                  

After you apply for graduate admission you may check your application status by logging into the online graduate application using your user name and password.  Graduate faculty in the Academic Department you applied to will review your completed application for graduate admission.  Questions regarding application reviews and decision recommendations should be directed to Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE).  Please contact:

Carol Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
(301) 405-8384

Please contact the Office of Student Services,, or (301) 405-2364.

Academic advisement for graduate students is provided by the graduate faculty in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE).   For advising information, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Carol Scott at (301) 405-8384 or

Visit the College of Education Scholarship opportunities webpage. 

Visit the Graduate School Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship web page for additional funding opportunities 

For information about other student financial aid, review the Office of the Student Financial Aid website.

Required Core Courses - 12 credits
EDHI 650 Professional Seminar in Higher and Adult Education
EDHI 652 Higher Education and Society
EDHI 666 The Academic Profession
EDHI 754 Higher Education Finance

Research Methods Courses - 9 credits
Requirements include EDHI 672, one quantitative and one qualitative methods course approved by advisor

EDHI 672 Modes of Inquiry in Education Research (3 credits)

Quantitative research methods courses to choose from include:
EDHI 778Y State-Level Higher Education Research
PUAF 610 Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy
PUAF 611 Quantitative Analysis of Policy Issues
PUAF 798R Quantitative Research Methods and Public Policy
ANTH 630 Quantification and Statistics in Applied Anthropology
SOCY 601 Statistics for Sociological Research I
SOCY 602 Statistics for Sociological Research II
SURV 615 Statistical Methods I
SURV 616 Statistical Methods II
COMM 702 Intermediate Quantitative Data Analysis in Communications Research
EDPS 703 Quantitative Applications for Education Policy Analysis
GVPT 622 Quantitative Methods for Political Science
GVPT 722 Advanced Quantitative Methods for Political Science

Qualitative research methods courses to choose from include:
EDHI 700 Qualitative Research Methods in Education
COMM 714 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Communication Research
COMM 715 Advanced Qualitative Methods
EDPS 730 Seminar on Case Study Methods
EDPS 735 Phenomenological Inquiry I
EDPS 736 Phenomenological Inquiry II
EDCP 773 Designing Qualitative Research in Counseling & Student Affairs Contexts
FMSC780 Qualitative Methods in Family and Health Research
EDCI 791 Qualitative Research I: Design and Fieldwork
EDCI 792 Qualitative Research II: Analysis and Interpretation of Data

Higher Education Electives - 9 credits
Choose at least 3 courses from the following list or alternative graduate courses approved by advisor:
EDHI 653 Organization and Administration in Higher Education
EDHI 660 Retention Theories and the Impact of College
EDHI 662 Research on Ethnic Minorities and Demographic Trends
EDHI 664 The College Experience
EDHI 665 College Access and Choice
EDHI 667 Women in Higher Education
EDHI 676 Ranking Systems in Higher Education
EDHI 752 State Systems in Higher Education
EDHI 755 Federal Policies in Post-Secondary Education
EDCP 770 Service Learning and College Student Development
EDHI 788 State-Level Higher Education Research
EDHI 853 Leadership in Higher Education

Internship in Higher Education (Register for EDHI 489 with your advisor) - 3

Seminar Paper (Register for EDHI 679 with your adviser while working on your seminar paper) - 3 credits

Total Credits – 36



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Dr. Sharon Fries-Britt, Admissions Coordinator  (

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Please visit the Higher Education requirements and deadline webpage.

Academic deadlines are provided by the Office of the Registrar for the academic year. Students should refer to the deadlines listed in Important Dates  prior to the beginning of the degree completion semester.  

Students should check with their Department or Program for any deadlines it may have.  Please contact:

Carol Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
(301) 405-8384



Visit the Department of Counseling, High Education and Special Education program handbooks and forms page.

The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student. 


Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements.   The Graduate Catalog  is the official listing of Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland.  The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.


Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process.  Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required.   The forms for use use by graduate students are available here.