Higher Education Administration and Policy Program Builds Careers

Higher Education Administration and Policy Program Builds Careers

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“It had everything I was looking for — a built-in internship component, the chance to do research and the opportunity to attend a school with a solid reputation.” So says alumna Heather Klok Bacon (MS09) of SESP’s Higher Education Administration and Policy master’s program.

Alumni of this graduate program, which can be completed in one year, are prepared to be dynamic leaders in higher education administration. Many pursue careers in college academic affairs, central administration, student affairs, development and enrollment management. Others work in policy, government and nonprofits related to higher education.

The Higher Education program at Northwestern, which is directed by associate professor Lois Trautvetter, has distinctive components that distinguish it as preparation for starting or advancing a career in higher education:

  • A broad curriculum instructs students in the full institutional and social context of the higher education system.
  • Faculty members, as practitioners and researchers in higher education, bring real-world context to the classroom.
  • A master’s research project allows in-depth exploration of a higher education topic of interest.
  • Students are able to pursue valuable internship experiences.

Students and alumni speak highly of the internship aspect of the program. Internships provide valuable professional experience and connect classroom learning with real-world contexts.  “My internship experience was one of the most valuable parts of the program for me,” says Renee Ritari (MS10).

The program also has a notable record for job placement. Assisted by career placement services and Northwestern’s fine reputation, 90 percent of graduates find employment within two months of graduation. The program is offered through Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, consistently ranked among the nation’s top 10 graduate schools of education by U.S News & World Report.

Full-time students can earn a master’s degree in one year. Alternatively, flexible scheduling allows students who work full-time to pursue the degree part-time.

The application deadline to begin the Higher Education Administration and Policy program in spring 2012 is February 20. Deadlines for summer and fall quarters in 2012 are May 14 and August 20, respectively.

Current student Jamie Bufkin Hoversen summarizes the program’s appeal for her: “Northwestern’s Higher Education program appealed to me because of the breadth of its core curriculum. I have had the opportunity to learn about higher education from all angles.”

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 1/18/12