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Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education

DEGREES & CERTIFICATIONS

The Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education offers Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in a variety of concentrations. You may also choose to earn a dual degree with the Stephen M. Ross School of Business or the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Each of these programs includes coursework and other experiences that will prepare you for leadership in shaping the future of higher education, advancing the role of higher education in supporting the public good, and improving instructional practice.

Master of Arts in Higher Education

Our master's degree programs in higher and postsecondary education are structured to give you a general understanding of higher education as a field of practice and inquiry, while allowing you the flexibility to probe more deeply into areas of specialized interest.

CSHPE provides unique opportunities for you to interact with students who have different professional backgrounds and diverse career goals. You will learn with your fellow master’s students in required courses as well as with doctoral students in cognate and elective courses. As you work together on assignments and discuss issues inside and outside of the classroom, you will develop a rich appreciation and understanding of the multiple frames of reference that shape effective decision-making in higher education.

Graduates are qualified for a wide variety of roles working on key activities such as, advising, administration, research and evaluation, and policy analysis in settings that include: 

  • College and university administration
  • State and national public policy agencies
  • Government offices, higher education systems offices
  • Professional associations, consortia
  • Regional and coordinating bodies and accrediting agencies

Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education

This doctoral program’s goal is developing leaders who will effectively steer higher and postsecondary education institutions, conduct scholarly research, and contribute in meaningful and distinctive ways to the overall development of the profession.

Our students are expected and encouraged to think rigorously, understand and appreciate the craft of scholarship and research, demonstrate interest in and a capacity to make a difference in postsecondary education, and be actively committed to diversity.

Michael Bastedo
Director
bastedo@umich.edu

Welcome to the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education

The Center is a learning community characterized by scholarly rigor, strong connections to broader communities of practice, and a passion for contributing to the betterment of society through education. The Center’s faculty and staff are committed to the development of scholars and practitioners who will improve the worlds of higher and postsecondary education, as academic leaders, public policy experts, administrators, members of the professoriate, consultants, or training and development professionals.


Students in the Center are trained to think analytically and to excel at scholarship and research, and apply creative solutions to educational issues. Through coursework, research, and work experiences, students are prepared for leadership in shaping the future of higher education through generating and applying knowledge, advancing the role of higher education in supporting the public good, improving administrative and instructional practice, and making profound differences in postsecondary education through their commitment to diversity.
 
A distinct feature of the CSHPE experience is the interaction among students with different professional backgrounds and diverse career goals. Master’s students are provided with opportunities to work together in required courses as well as with doctoral students in cognate and elective courses. As they work together on assignments and discuss issues inside and outside of the classroom, CSHPE master's students come to appreciate and understand the multiple frames of reference that may be brought to bear in higher education decision making.
 
Students who graduate from the higher education programs are prepared to lead, with mastery of in-depth knowledge and the competencies to manage the evolving higher-education environment in a wide range of higher education settings, including: college and university administration, state and national public policy agencies, government offices, higher education systems offices, professional associations, consortia, and regional and coordinating bodies and accrediting agencies. Graduates assume a wide variety of roles and work on key activities such as admissions, advising, administration, and policy analysis. And, receiving such excellent preparation as a master’s student enables many to successfully pursue further doctoral study. 
 
In the higher education doctoral programs, all students are expected and encouraged to think rigorously; understand and appreciate the craft of scholarship and research; demonstrate interest in and a capacity to make a difference in postsecondary education; and be actively committed to diversity. It is the goal of this program to develop leaders for institutions of higher and postsecondary education who will steer institutions effectively, conduct scholarly research, and contribute in a meaningful and distinctive way to the overall development of the profession.  For over 60 years, CSHPE doctoral graduates have made a difference in higher education through senior management positions, policymakers and researchers, and as faculty in higher education programs around the world.
 
Whether you are a prospective student, researcher, or member of the public looking for evidence-based research on higher education, we hope you find our online home to be a valuable resource.
Michael Bastedo
Director, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education

A Learning Community

At the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, you will immerse yourself in a rich learning community that is characterized by scholarly rigor, strong connections to broader communities of practice, and a passion for contributing to the betterment of society through education. Contribute to the improvement of higher education by building expertise in organizational behavior and management, public policy, academic affairs, student development, assessment, and evaluation.

Faculty who invest in you

CSHPE faculty are committed to your development as a scholar and practitioner who will be able to improve the world of higher and postsecondary education as an academic leader, public policy expert, administrator, member of the professoriate, or consultant.

Prepared to lead

CSHPE students are trained to think analytically, excel at scholarship and research, and apply creative solutions to educational issues. You will be prepared to lead, armed with mastery of in-depth knowledge and the competencies to manage the evolving higher-education environment.

Committed to diversity in higher education

Members of the CSHPE community make profound differences in postsecondary education with their commitment to diversity and leadership of the highest integrity.

SOE in Action

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Creating Pathways to Higher Ed
Ryan Henyard aims to build pathways for students with stories like his to be able to get into higher education.
Assisting Nationwide Higher Education Policymakers
CSHPE student Kristen Cummings builds connections and shares information among state policymakers as an intern with the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.
Studying Equity in Education
CSHPE doctoral graduate Xiaoyang Ye investigates why disadvantaged students make what he calls “sub-optimal choices in their K–12 to higher education pathways."
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Exploring internships
Shruti Naik found the connections she made between her coursework and her internship experiences to be the most impactful aspect of her CSHPE degree.
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Give to CSHPE

Your support can help us create transformative leaders and educators who have the theoretical framework and practical skills to address the many urgent challenges in postsecondary education.

News

March 12, 2019
U.S. News and World Report announced their 2020 rankings of Best Graduate Schools. According to the Best Education Schools rankings, the School of Education rose to #11 overall and #3 among public universities. Additionally, the SOE was highly ranked in seven specialty areas, demonstrating the School’s excellent reputation across a breadth of education topics. CPEP took the #1 ranking.
March 20, 2019
In a HuffPost article, Professor Susan Dynarski explains the point of affirmative action in light of recent scandals at elite colleges.
March 22, 2019
CSHPE alumna and CEDER staff member Dr. Victoria Bigelow was featured in The University Record in honor of her collaboration with Flint Community Schools to help bring music back to Flint students.
March 25, 2019
A Kamaria Porter, CSHPE doctoral candidate , is among ten graduate students to receive Rackham Community of Scholars summer fellowships awarded by The Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

Upcoming Events

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2017 CSHPE study trip group on a boat off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa

Study Trips

The Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education conducts a study trip to engage with scholars and educators working in diverse contexts in higher and postsecondary education. Read about previous domestic and international trips and learn about upcoming opportunities.

Student Organizations

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Graduate Organization of Students in Higher Education (GOSHE)

The purpose of the Graduate Organization of Students in Higher Education (GOSHE) is to promote the academic, social, and professional development of future leaders in the field of higher education.
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Graduate Student Community Organization (GSCO)

The mission of the Graduate Student Community Organization is to cultivate the constant improvement of graduate student support, representation, and communication within the School of Education.
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Higher Education Applied Research (HEAR)

Higher Education Applied Research (HEAR) is an interdisciplinary speaker series at the University of Michigan that brings together higher education scholars, administrators, and practitioners to examine issues related to college access, diversity, and success.
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Student Rights Project

SRP is an interdisciplinary project of law, social work, and education students. SRP was founded in response to the tremendous need for free, high quality representation and advocates for students facing suspension and expulsion hearings in southeast Michigan.

Connect with CSHPE

Contact

Phone: (734) 764-9470
Fax: (734) 764-2510
cshpe.info@umich.edu

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 2117
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.