Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education

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The Master's of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Higher Education prepares graduates for entry-level leadership positions at public and private universities, community colleges, and proprietary institutions. The program is distinguished by its emphasis on integrating practical and relevant administrative skills with a broad understanding of issues facing higher education institutions. The M.Ed. program allows students to choose a sequence of courses emphasizing student affairs, intercollegiate athletics, or higher education organization.

Learning takes place in a vibrant, urban research university that serves both traditional and non-traditional students, who are part of both residential and commuter populations. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a minority serving institution committed to all aspects of diversity.

We are looking for hard working, dedicated, and engaged students. We welcome your interest in our master's programs, and if our programs meet your needs we invite you to apply.


Program Overview

The M.Ed is a 37-credit non-thesis program. It consists of a 6 course core curriculum, 5 elective courses, an internship, and a capstone experience.

The master's core is designed to provide students with the practical managerial skills necessary for successful careers in a variety of higher education settings. Administrative skills include strategic decision-making, communication, leadership, legal issues in higher education law, historical contexts, applied research and the ability to work in diverse environments.

The elective courses afford students the opportunity to specialize in one of three areas-higher education organization, student affairs, or intercollegiate athletics. These electives broaden student understanding of how to integrate personal, organization, and policy dynamics in the academic environment.

Through the internship, students gain practical, career related experience by working in an administrative or program setting, (i.e., event planning, athletics, working with undergraduate students).

All students participate in a capstone experience. Students, in consultation with their program advisor, will select an appropriate capstone experience, the purpose of which is to consolidate classroom learning prior to degree completion.

For more information, download the M.Ed. in Higher Education PDF brochure.


Admissions Information

Students must fulfill Graduate College and departmental requirements to complete the admissions process.

Step I. Graduate College Admissions Process

Applicants can apply to the Graduate College and the department all in one online application simultaneously. Please use the upload of documents feature in the Salesforce system to submit all required application materials. Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload all required documents to expedite the application process. However, if difficulties are encountered, a mailing address for application materials is also provided below. If you have questions regarding your application materials, please contact Dr. Nancy Lough at 702-895-5392 or at nancy.lough@unlv.edu.

For more information on application for admission visit the Graduate College Admissions website. Note: When applying in AY, apply under the "Masters of Education for Educational".

Admissions requirements to the Graduate College include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • One copy of official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school (a minimum GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work).
  • Completed application and non-refundable admission and application fee.

Step II. Departmental Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements also to be uploaded for the department include:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores. GRE is preferred.
  • Professional resume or vita
  • Statement of interest in the program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Indication of interest in a graduate assistantship, if applicable
  • Evidence of a minimum of two years satisfactory teaching or administrative experience (or equivalent) preferable but not required.

* You will be asked to self-report standardized test scores on the on-line application form. If accepted, you will be required to send official verification of test scores to the department. Admission will be considered contingent upon receipt of official scores.

Departmental requirements should be submitted to:
Educational Psychology & Higher Education Master's Admission in Higher Education
College of Education
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 453003
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-3003
Telephone: 702-895-3253
Fax: 702-895-1658

Admission deadlines are:

  • Applications are reviewed from Fall is February 1st through March 15th for Fall Admission
  • March 15th for Summer admission
  • October 15th for Spring admission

If you have questions about your application materials, contact Dr. Nancy Lough at 702-895-5392 or at nancy.lough@unlv.edu.


Core and Emphasis Areas

A complete listing of the program requirements is available in the UNLV Graduate Catalog.

Higher Education Core (12 credits)

Six courses specifically designed to complement each other provide students with a cohesive higher education administrative knowledge base. These courses are:

  • EDH 604 Executive Communication in Higher Education
  • EDH 607 Leadership Development Seminar
  • EDH 609 Leading Diverse Organizations
  • EDH 703 History of American Higher Education

Research Core (6 credits)

  • EPY 702 Research Design

Choose one from the following research courses:

  • EPY 716 Evaluation Research Methods
  • EPY 718 Qualitative Research methodology
  • EPY 721 Descriptive Inferential Statistics

Internship and Capstone Course (4 credits)

  • EDH 690 Internship
  • EDH 610 Capstone Course (1)

Student Affairs Emphasis Area (9 credits)

  • EDH 626 College Student Personnel Services
  • EDH 627 Student Learning and Development
  • EDH 769 Diverse Student Populations in Higher Education

Higher Education Organization Emphasis Area (9 credits)

  • EDH 708 The Community College
  • EDH 742 Academic Governance in Higher Education
  • EDH 750 Special Topics
  • Other with consent of advisor

Intercollegiate Athletics Emphasis Area (9 credits)

  • EDH 603 The Role of Intercollegiate Athletics in H.E.
  • EDH 606 NCAA Policies & Issues
  • EDH 611 Marketing & Development in Intercollegiate Athletics

Electives (15 credits)

  • Electives can come from but are not limited to the three emphasis areas. For more information about additional courses and the courses listed above please visit the UNLV Graduate Catalog or contact a program faculty member.

Program Study Forms

Students must complete a program of study before earning 12 hours toward their degree. The program of study is a two-part form.


Program of Study (Degree Audit Report)

Students must download the Degree Audit Report (DAR) from their MyUNLV website the semester before their anticipated graduation date. This Degree Audit Report will be attached to the completed Degree Audit Companion Form #62. Form #62 is where the student notes their elective courses.


Advising

New master's students are assigned to an interim advisor for initial advising upon acceptance. Following initial advising, students should identify a program advisor from among the higher education faculty before earning 12 hours toward their degree. Once this person is identified, he/she becomes the student's primary advisor. The functions of the program advisor are to review the proposed program of the student, guide the student through the process of course selection, serve as capstone project advisor, and provide counsel on post-graduation career opportunities.

NOTE: Students can take up to 9 credits as a non-degree seeking student at UNLV, which with the initial program advisor's consent can be applied to the student's master's program of study, once admitted into the program.

No more than 12 credits can be transferred into the program from another institution and these credits cannot have satisfied the requirements of another degree.


Professional Development Opportunities

Higher Education students have access to the following professional development opportunities:


Internship

Master's students are required to complete an internship experience. Through the internship, students gain practical, career related experience by working in an administrative or program setting, (i.e., advising, planning, working with undergraduate students). The internship is usually taken after the student has been in the program for a year and can be repeated for up to six credits. It is designed to broaden and enhance an individual student's professional skill set. Students meet with their master's advisor to select an appropriate experience and identify the campus setting for the internship.

Purpose and Goals of Internship

Students are required to be involved in professional practice related to their career goals sometime during their course of study in higher education. The internship is a 3-credit practical experience intended to provide meaningful, career-related work experience that extends student learning beyond the classroom. Internships are also intended to provide an environment in which students reflect upon their educational experiences and consider the implications for their field of practice as well as their own professional development and careers.

Procedures of Internship

Internship experiences are individually developed to meet the needs and interests of the students to the extent possible. The first step in locating an internship site is to determine what population you wish to work with and the type of work setting you wish to work in after graduation. Your internship experience should reflect your career goals. The higher education faculty will be available to discuss this with you and help you identify appropriate potential sites. Students must meet with their assigned faculty advisor prior to entering into an internship agreement and beginning internship work.

Once an internship site and a cooperating site supervisor have been identified, students need to make an appointment with their faculty advisor prior to registration in the internship course (EDH 690) to complete the Internship Agreement. This agreement spells out what the internship will entail and must be signed by you, the site supervisor, and your faculty advisor. It is your responsibility to make sure that the Internship Agreement is filled out, signed by all three parties to the agreement, and returned to your faculty advisor. You must then be concurrently registered for EDH 690 while doing your internship.

It is recommended that you complete at least two semesters of course work in the higher education program before embarking upon the internship.

Internship Agreement

The Internship Agreement is a critical component of the internship experience. It delineates areas for skill development and knowledge development associated with the field internship and identifies the means by which the internship will be evaluated. Site supervisor and student self-evaluation are the two essential components of assessing progress at the end of the semester. The site supervisor's assessment of the student's skill and knowledge development during the course of the internship experience will contribute to the final grade achieved by each student. The internship will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Download Internship Agreement Form [PDF]

Download EDH 690 Internship Syllabus [DOC]


Capstone Experience

All students participate in a capstone experience. Students, in consultation with their program advisor, will select an appropriate capstone experience, the purpose of which is to consolidate classroom learning prior to degree completion. Usually taken during the final semester of enrollment, this one credit course (EDH 610) will help prepare the new professional for entry into a career field. Depending on the interests of the student, EDH 610 will take one of two formats:

  1. A literature review project or positional paper designed in consultation with your program chair. This project is tailored to meet the needs and interest of the student. In most instances, the end product is a 20-25 page paper.
  2. A research (qualitative, quantitative, or evaluation) project designed in consultation with your program chair. This project is tailored to meet the needs and interest of the student. Research projects connect to theory, and provide data, findings, and discussion related to the project's topic. Students make a formal presentation of the project and its end results prior to graduation.

Program Benchmarks

The following benchmarks are listed in roughly the order in which they should be met.

  • Admission
  • Initial advising
  • Enrollment in course work
  • Selection of a program chairperson
  • Filing of program of study
  • Completion of course work
  • Completion of internship
  • Completion of capstone experience
  • Graduation

Career Opportunities

Higher Education Organization:

  • Entry to midlevel administration in non-student services at universities, community colleges, and proprietary institutions
    • Facilities management
    • Public relations
    • Institutional advancement
    • Business affairs
    • Human relations administration

Student Affairs:

  • Entry to mid-level management in student services
    • Hall director
    • Cultural center director
    • Academic advisor
    • Study Abroad Programs
    • International programs
    • Intercollegiate Athletics

Prospective Students

Important Note for Graduate, Non-Degree Students Seeking Formal Admission:

Students can take up to nine (9) credits as a non-degree seeking student at UNLV, which with the initial program advisor's consent can be applied to the student's master's program of study, once admitted into the program. The 9 credits must carry grades of B or higher. Please be aware that this policy is more restrictive than the one stated by the Graduate College, which allows non-degree graduate students to transfer up to 15 UNLV credits with grades of B or higher into a degree program, with consent. The more restrictive 9-credit transfer policy was enacted by the faculty of the program in Higher Education Leadership to encourage students to not take too many credits under the non-degree status without the assurance of formal admission into the program.

No more than 12 credits can be transferred into the program from another institution and these credits cannot have satisfied the requirements of another degree. Transfer credits must be approved by the program adviser.


Graduate Assistantships

The department offers a variety of graduate assistantships at both the master's and doctoral levels for full time students. Graduate assistantships represent opportunities for students to gain valuable experience as faculty research assistants, academic advisors, program assistants, career counselors, analysts, institutional planners, student program advisors, development researchers, and other professional responsibilities. Assistantships on the UNLV campus are housed in Student Life, academic advising, the UNLV Foundation, the department, as well as others. Efforts are made to match the developmental needs of the student with available opportunities.

Graduate assistantships require 20 hours per week during the 9-month academic year. Compensation includes a monthly stipend. For master's students that stipend will total approximately $10,000 per academic year. The assistantship also covers most of the per-credit tuition/registration fee and contributes to the cost of student health and accident insurance.

To qualify for an assistantship, students must be admitted to the Graduate College and complete the Graduate Assistantship Application form available at Graduate Assistant page. The UNLV Graduate College Catalog contains general information on graduate assistantships. The deadline for applying for assistantships through the UNLV Division of Student Affairs is March 15th.

For information about the availability of specific graduate assistantships, contact Dr. Nancy Lough, the Higher Education Program Coordinator at nancy.lough@unlv.edu.


Graduates of the Program

A brief representation of our graduates can be found on the Student Honors/Gallery page.


Dr. Nancy Lough
Professor of Higher Education
Higher Education Program Coordinator
Email: nancy.lough@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-5392
Room: CEB 328