Higher Education, Student Affairs, & International Education Policy--Higher Education Concentration, Ph.D.: Program Admissions

Housed within the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education (HESI) program at the University of Maryland, the Higher Education Concentration (HEC) is designed to prepare graduate students for faculty positions, leadership positions in higher education administration, and policy analysis. Students benefit from a strong emphasis in the curriculum on diversity, organizational change and leadership in higher education; on the development of research skills and knowledge, and from internship experiences at the University of Maryland, other campuses in the region, state and federal government agencies, and in D.C. associations and policy- making organizations. HEC prepares individuals to understand the organizational, social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of colleges and universities so that policy makers and campus leaders might be informed to better serve the public good. 

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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

Please be advised that higher education, student affairs, and international education policy are all separate concentrations that require separate applications.


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, ed-advising@umd.edu, or (301) 405-2364.

Higher Education Flyer
The Higher Education concentration of the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program invites you to attend a virtual information session on Zoom hosted by current students and faculty.    Higher Education Information Sessions for Fall 2023 application cycle

Tuesday, October 10h, 7:00-8:00 PM EST Zoom 
Monday, November 6th, 7:00-8:00 PM EST Zoom

The program is accepting applications for the Ph.D and M.A cohorts entering Fall 2024.    Please RSVP at go.umd.edu/heinfosession. Once your RSVP is received, you will be sent Zoom information. Please reach out to Kahlea Khabir (Admissions Coordinator) khabir@umd.edu with any questions.

For a list of the College of Education Scholarship opportunities visit:  /admissions/ financial-aid-scholarships

For information about additional funding opportunities, including the Graduate School Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship availability visit:  https://gradschool.umd.edu/funding/fellowship-information.    

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

Dr. Marvin Titus, Concentration Coordinator (mtitus@umd.edu)

Dr. Sharon Fries-Britt, Admissions Coordinator (sfries@umd.edu)

Ashley Ogwo, Graduate Assistant (aogwo@umd.edu)

Kahlea Khabir, Staff Admissions Coordinator (khabir@umd.edu)

Carol Scott, Coordinator (cscott18@umd.edu)