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Master's Degrees

Master of Arts in Educational Studies

Our blended program exploits the power of the Internet as a complement to traditional face-to-face learning to create an interdisciplinary, boundary-spanning program that brings together leaders and researchers in education, business, and health care communities from across the country, as well as a global community of online learners.

89%

of known graduates found full time employment in education or pursued an advanced degree

100%

of known graduates found employment within 6 months

$72K

average starting salary

100%

of known graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position

The Design and Technologies for Learning Across Culture and Contexts thread focuses on preparing professionals for working with or designing for learners across a wide variety of ages and instructional and cultural contexts. The program is centered on the processes of learning and how to design experiences to improve learning outcomes for all in a manner that also supports our commitments towards educational equity and justice more broadly.

89%

of known graduates found full time employment in education or pursued an advanced degree

100%

of known graduates found employment within 6 months

$72K

average first year salary

100%

of known graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position
Graduates typically go into these industries

Students in the Design and Technologies for Learning program often seek positions in curriculum development and instructional services. Graduate work both within and beyond the traditional K-12 context.

 

Graduates often work as
  • Curriculum developers
  • Learning experience designers
  • Program directors
  • Education services consultants

The Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation (EEJST) concentration in the Master of Arts in Educational Studies program is designed to provide students with a foundation in the social, cultural, economic, historical, and political foundations of schooling. Students critically examine policies centered on injustice, whiteness, and oppression in educational systems to unpack how these systems have fostered social inequity.

89%

of known graduates found full time employment in education or pursued an advanced degree

100%

of known graduates found employment within 6 months

$72K

average starting salary

100%

of known graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position
Graduates typically go into these industries

Graduates of Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation program will qualify for: policy-related work in organizations such as Education Trust; positions in community-based organizations that provide direct support for students in under-resourced communities, or that advocate for these students; non-instructional roles in support of students who are minorities, and in under-resourced communities, providing, for example, college advising; future doctoral studies.

 

Graduates often work as
  • College advisors
  • Site coordinators / Program managers
  • Policy analysts
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion educators or consultants

If your career objective is integrating business acumen with educational expertise to effect meaningful improvements in our education system, The University of Michigan School of Education and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business offer a unique dual-degree program leading to both the Master of Arts in Educational Studies and the Master of Business Administration degrees. 

89%

of known graduates found full time employment in education

100%

of known graduates found employment within 6 months

$72K

average first year salary

100%

of known graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position
The MA/MBA dual-degree program can help you pursue the following paths
  • Providing leadership in K-12 educational organizations, government organizations, non-profit organizations, and other agencies that are focused on issues of educational improvement and reform.
  • Consulting, coaching, and other roles focused on improving education.
  • Educational entrepreneurship.
  • Pursuing further graduate studies focused on the educational, political, social, and historical contexts of school improvement and reform.

 

Graduates often work as
  • Consultants
  • Analysts
  • District finance directors
  • Broad fellows
  • Organizational learning officers

The Program Evaluation and Improvement Research (PEIR) concentration in the Master of Arts in Educational Studies program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in research organizations, centers, or projects engaged in evaluation research, or as research support staff in formal and informal educational settings where education professionals are engaged in improving practice and policy. 

89%

of known graduates found full time employment in education

100%

of known graduates found employment within 6 months

$72K

average first year salary

100%

of known graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position
Graduates typically go into these industries
  • Education Research
  • Policy Research
  • Doctoral Studies
Graduates often work as
  • Survey developers
  • Analysts
  • Education improvement coaches
  • Doctoral students
Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy

The Educational Leadership and Policy program is centered on the collaborative practice of continuous improvement. It is anchored deeply in theory and research on school leadership, improvement, social justice, and leadership development. We bring together a diverse cohort of students with shared interests in understanding and improving schools, instruction, and K-12 students’  educational outcomes.

100%

of known graduates found full time employment in education

100%

of known graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position

100%

of known graduates found a job within 6 months
Graduates typically go into these industries
  • Government
  • Higher Education
  • K–12 Education
  • Non-profits
  • Policy & Leadership
  • Teacher Education

 

Graduates often work as
  • College and alumni supports
  • Consultants
  • Department chairs
  • Finance directors
  • Policy analysts
  • Program administrators, directors, coordinators, or specialists
  • Teachers or coaches
Master of Arts in Higher Education

The Master of Arts in Higher Education with a focus on Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education gives students the tools for increasing their knowledge and skills regarding diversity and social justice in higher education. It equips students to address these issues within their careers and other spheres of influence. This concentration cultivates a supportive network of graduate students and faculty who are interested in research and pedagogy around issues of diversity and social justice.

96%

of graduates found full time employment in education

83%

of graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position

$53.5k

average starting salary for graduates
Graduates typically go into these industries
College and university administration and faculty
State and national public policy agencies
Government offices
Professional associations

 

Hiring organizations and job titles
Organization Job title Location
Georgia Southern University Educational Specialist II Statesboro, GA
Michigan Technological University Coordinator of Student Organizations Houghton, MI
University of California Resident Director Davis, CA
University of California Internship Coordinator Santa Cruz, CA
University of Michigan Student Engagement Administrative Coordinator Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Career Development Specialist Ann Arbor, MI
University of Virginia Assistant Director of Employer Engagement & Recruiting Charlottesville, VA
Matthaei Botanical Gardens DEI Manager Ann Arbor, MI
Upward Bound Project Advisor Detroit, MI
Ithaka S+R Analyst, Educational Transformation Ann Arbor, MI
University of California Project Policy Analyst 2 Irvine, CA
Institute for Research on Women and Gender Project Coordinator Ann Arbor, MI

The Master of Arts in Higher Education program with an individually designed focus provides individuals with a general understanding of higher education as a field of practice and inquiry. The challenges that face higher education require that educators not only adapt to change but also engage in developing a vision of higher education for society. The program aims to prepare you for leadership in shaping the future of higher education. Students generate and apply knowledge on how to advance the role of higher education in supporting the public good and improving institutional practice.

96%

of graduates found full time employment in education

83%

of graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position

$53.5k

average starting salary for graduates
Graduates typically go into these industries
College and university administration and faculty
State and national public policy agencies
Government offices
Professional associations

 

Hiring organizations and job titles
Organization Job title Location
Colorado State University Coordinator for Intergroup Relations Fort Collins, CO
DePaul University Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Student Success Chicago, IL
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Assistant to the Provost, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs East Stroudsburg, PA
Elon University Case Manager / Care Coordinator Elon, NC
Michigan State University Graduate School: PhD Program in Higher Education East Lansing, MI
San Jose State University Program Specialist (Off-Campus Cohorts), College of Engineering San Jose, CA
University of California, Berkeley Career Counselor, Haas School of Business Berkeley, CA
University of Colorado, Boulder Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Department Boulder, CO
University of Connecticut Academic Advisor, School of Engineering Mansfield, CT
University of Michigan Data Analyst, Zell Lurie Intistute for Entrepreneurial Studies Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Program Manager, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Ann Arbor, MI

The Master of Arts in Higher Education with a focus on Institutional Research equips students with factual knowledge about postsecondary institutions and systems, research methods used by institutional research professionals, knowledge of the processes and issues affecting institutions, and an understanding of the context and culture of the institutions in which students will work and study.

96%

of graduates found full time employment in education

83%

of graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position

$53.5k

average starting salary for graduates
Graduates typically go into these industries
College and university administration and faculty
State and national public policy agencies
Government offices
Professional associations

 

Hiring organizations and job titles
Organization Job title Location
Marine Corps University Education Officer, Academic Support Division Quantico, VA
National Humanities Alliance Research Associate Washington, DC
Shinken-AD Co., Ltd. Institutional Researcher/ Higher Education Consultant Osaka, Japan
University of Denver Graduate School, PhD Program in Educational Statistics and Research Methodology Denver, CO
University of Michigan Graduate School, PhD Program in Higher Education Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Research Associate, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives  Ann Arbor, MI

The Master of Arts in Higher Education with a focus on Management and Organizations considers the organizational dynamics of colleges and universities. This requires a fundamental understanding of the internal workings of higher education and its environment, as well as a thorough grasp of effective management and leadership of higher education organizations. 

96%

of graduates found full time employment in education

83%

of graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position

$53.5k

average starting salary for graduates
Graduates typically go into these industries
College and university administration and faculty
State and national public policy agencies
Government offices
Professional associations

 

Hiring organizations and job titles
Organization Job title Location
Columbia University Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Office of the President New York, NY
Duke University Graduate School, Law School Durham, NC
Kent State University Project Manager, Division of Finance and Administration Kent, OH
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assistant Director for Yield and Events Cambridge, MA
University of Illinois Coordinator for the Engineering Career Services  Chicago, IL
University of Michigan Academic Program Manager, Barger Leadership Institution Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Graduate School: PhD Program in Higher Education  Ann Arbor, MI
Wayne State University Program Management Specialist, Office of Enrollment Management  Detroit, MI

The Master of Arts in Higher Education and Master of Business Administration dual degree program provides an in-depth examination of both business administration and higher education arenas. The Master of Arts in Higher Education degree provides a deep exposure to educational theory and programmatic flexibility that complements the Master of Business Administration experience. 

96%

of graduates found full time employment in education

83%

of graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position

$53.5k

average starting salary for graduates
Graduates typically go into these industries
College and university administration and faculty
State and national public policy agencies
Government offices
Professional associations

 

Hiring organizations and job titles
Organization Job title Location
The Boston Consulting Group Consultant Boston, MA
Huron Consulting Group Higher Education Associate Chicago, IL

The Master of Arts in Higher Education and Master of Public Policy program is designed for students interested in broad policy issues that affect higher and postsecondary education, such as state governance and coordination, financial aid funding, and affirmative action in admissions and hiring. 

96%

of graduates found full time employment in education

83%

of graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position

$53.5k

average starting salary for graduates
Graduates typically go into these industries
College and university administration and faculty
State and national public policy agencies
Government offices
Professional associations

 

Hiring organizations and job titles
Organization Job title Location
Fitchburg State University International Education Coordinator Fitchburg, MA
New York University Graduate School, PhD Program in Higher Education New York, NY
University of California, San Diego Project Analyst, Student Affairs San Diego, CA
University of Michigan Coordinator of Community College Partnerships, OptiMize Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Graduate School: PhD Program in Higher Education Ann Arbor, MI

The Master of Arts in Higher Education with a focus on Public Policy helps students grapple with the challenges that face higher education and gain insights on how to develop a vision of higher education for society. Students analyze broad policy issues that affect higher and postsecondary education, such as state governance and coordination, financial aid funding, and affirmative action in admissions and hiring. You will generate and apply knowledge on how to advance the role of higher education in supporting the public good and improving institutional practice. 

96%

of graduates found full time employment in education

83%

of graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position

$53.5k

average starting salary for graduates
Graduates typically go into these industries
College and university administration and faculty
State and national public policy agencies
Government offices
Professional associations

 

Hiring organizations and job titles
Organization Job title Location
Fitchburg State University International Education Coordinator Fitchburg, MA
New York University Graduate School, PhD Program in Higher Education New York, NY
University of California, San Diego Project Analyst, Student Affairs San Diego, CA
University of Michigan Coordinator of Community College Partnerships, OptiMize Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Graduate School: PhD Program in Higher Education Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Community Partnerships Manager for optiMize Ann Arbor, MI

The Master’s in Higher Education Student Access and Success program focuses on teaching and learning in colleges and universities as they are implemented in many institutional contexts, both inside and outside of traditional classroom settings. 

96%

of graduates found full time employment in education

83%

of graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position

$53.5k

average starting salary for graduates
Graduates typically go into these industries
College and university administration and faculty
State and national public policy agencies
Government offices
Professional associations

 

Hiring organizations and job titles
Organization Job title Location
Auburn University Coordinator position in Health Promotion and Wellness Services Auburn, AL
IES Abroad Program Advisor Chicago, IL
Michigan State University Graduate School: PhD Program in Higher Education  East Lansing, MI
University of California, San Diego Undergraduate Student Services Advisor San Diego, CA
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Assistant Director, Asian American Cultural Center Urbana-Champaign, IL
University of Michigan Academic Advisor, Kinesiology Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Assistant Director of Identity and Diversity in Organizations Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Educational Programs Coordinator, Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Engineering Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Hub Coach, LSA Opportunity Hub Ann Arbor, MI
University of North Carolina, Greensboro Coordinator for First Year Experience Greensboro, NC
Wayne State University MI GEAR UP Program Counselor Detroit, MI
Master of Arts with Teacher Certification

In the Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Elementary Teacher Certification program, students develop the professional and personal knowledge, dispositions, and skills required to engage diverse groups of children in thoughtful learning. The immersive full-time program begins in mid-June and finishes in mid-June the following year.

95%

of known graduates found full-time employment in the field of education

75%

of known graduates were highly satisfied or satisfied with the current position

$50K

average first year salary

100%

of known graduates found jobs within 7 months
Hiring organizations and job titles

In-state

Organization Job Title Location
Burns Park Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Ann Arbor, MI
Cheraw Intermediate School 4th Grade Teacher Cheraw, MI
King Elementary School 3rd Grade Teacher Ann Arbor, MI
Maltby Elementary School 5th Grade Teacher Brighton, MI
Pittsfield Elementary School 1st Grade Teacher Ann Arbor, MI
Winans Elementary School 2nd Grade Teacher Lansing, MI

Out-of-state

Organization Job title Location
California Trail Middle School 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher Olathe, KS
Chief Paul Memorial School 4th Grade Math and ESL Teacher Kipnuk, AK
Crofton Meadows Elementary School 2nd Grade Teacher Annapolis, MD
Seacoast Charter School 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher Dover, NH
Spring Avenue Elementary School 4th Grade Teacher La Grange, IL

In the Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Secondary Teacher Certification program, students participate in university and school-based experiences that enable them to meet the challenges facing today's educators teaching at the junior high and high school levels. The immersive full-time program begins in mid-June and finishes in mid-June the following year. Coursework is completed concurrently with a teaching internship to allow students to explore pedagogies through authentic classroom interactions while being fully supported by field instructors.

95%

of known graduates found full time employment in education

100%

of known graduates were highly satisfied or satisfied with current position

93%

of known graduates found a job within 6 months
Hiring organizations and job titles

In-state

Organization Job Title Location
All Saints Catholic School Social Studies Teacher Canton, MI
Carrollton Middle School History Teacher Saginaw, MI
Cass Technical High School IB Global Politics and Civics Teacher Detroit, MI
Community High School Math Teacher Ann Arbor, MI
Emerson School Lower & Middle School French Teacher Ann Arbor, MI
Jalen Rose Leadership Academy 12th Grade English Teacher Detroit, MI
Lakeview High School High School Science Teacher Battle Creek, MI
Monroe Middle School Biology and Anatomy Teacher Monroe, MI
The School at Marygrove 11th Grade Robotics Teacher Detroit, MI

Out-of-state

Organization Job title Location
Abraham Lincoln High School High School Mathematics Teacher San José, CA
Burbank High School 9th Grade English Teacher Burbank, CA
Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy American & Modern World History Teacher Rockville, MD
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Manager of Learning Chicago, IL
Perkiomen School 6th-12th Grade Science Teacher Pennsburg, PA
Washington Junior High School 8th Grade English Teacher Bentonville, AR
Master of Science in Educational Studies

If you are a doctoral student in the natural sciences or mathematics interested in expanding your knowledge about science and mathematics teaching, learning, and research, then consider this Master of Science degree in Postsecondary Science Education.

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