Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy Program

The Higher Education Administration and Policy Program will prepare you as a reflective and dynamic leader in higher education — for colleges and universities, governmental agencies and consulting firms in postsecondary education. Pursue career fields such as student affairs, admissions, community relations, policy analysis, alumni relations and development, policy and institutional analysis, athletics administration and change management.

Students from a wide range of backgrounds bring varied perspectives to classroom discussions. Classes meet in the evening, and students may pursue the program either part-time or full-time. Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy is consistently ranked among the top graduate schools of education by U.S. News and World Report.

Higher Education Administration Certificate

Higher Education Administration Certificate

The School of Education and Social Policy now has a certificate in Higher Education Administration. Students learn from senior leaders in the field while growing their networks and engaging in graduate-level course work. The alternative schedule/blended learning format of the certificate courses accommodates professionals who travel for their jobs or cannot attend in-person courses on a weekly basis.

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On-campus and virtual program previews are offered throughout the year. See upcoming session dates here. We can't wait to see you!


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MSHE Director Featured at Future STEM Leaders Conference
5/26/16 by Lorato Anderson

Lois Trautvetter, director of the MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy program, was a featured panelist at Washington, D.C.’s “Future STEM Leaders” conference held May 2 to 4.

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Course Spotlight: Law and Ethics in Higher Education
4/4/16 by Joanne Kang

As part of its broad-based curriculum, the MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy (MSHE) program has all students complete Law and Ethics in Higher Education.  Through this core course, students gain real-world perspectives on legal and ethical issues faced by higher education administrators.

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Northwestern’s Higher Education Administration Certificate Can Expand Your Career Potential
3/10/16 by Kristin McCann

Beginning this summer, SESP will offer a new Higher Education Administration certificate for professionals working in higher education who want to expand their skills, grow their network and pursue graduate-level course work. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

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