Student Access and Success
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.
Three major perspectives are used in this concentration to inform students' understanding of teaching and learning environments: individual learning and development, institutional factors that affect teaching and learning in postsecondary contexts, and societal conditions (social, cultural, and historical) that affect teaching and learning. The curriculum prepares graduates for administrative careers in a postsecondary education setting, such as in academic affairs, student affairs, and other administrative units in colleges and universities. You will learn about the following topics:
- Academic programs and curriculum
- Student learning and development
- Student access, adjustment, and achievement in higher education
- Teaching and research processes
- Leadership in administrative units with teaching and learning responsibilities
Pursue your degree part-time or full-time
Most students participate full-time and complete the Master’s in Higher Education in 3 semesters, over 1.5 years. To do so, students complete an internship and coursework during their first academic year (fall and winter terms). Students typically further develop their professional skill set and earn additional salary through a summer internship (either at the University of Michigan or elsewhere), before completing a final term of courses and graduating in December.
Some full-time students may choose to complete the program at an accelerated pace of 12 months. This often involves shifting the final term of coursework to the spring/summer terms, rather than completing a summer internship.
We also greatly value the contributions of part-time students who pursue the Master’s in Higher Education while working full-time, often at the University of Michigan.
Higher Education courses take place in-person and during the business day. If you are considering applying as a part-time student, it will be important to know that you have flexibility with your work schedule to take courses during this time. Part-time students complete the program at their own pace.
Additional Certificate and Endorsement Opportunities
Learning Experience Design Certificate
Core curriculum credits
Students complete the following courses:
- EDUC 561 Introduction to Higher Education
Students elect nine credits in CSHPE courses that address student access or success and six additional credits in CSHPE courses. Students choose from the following courses:
- EDUC 563 – The Community College
- EDUC 662 – Learning and Development in Higher Education
- EDUC 663 – Organizing for Learning
- EDUC 665 – Foundations for Student Affairs Educators
- EDUC 760 – Access and Equity in Higher Education
- EDUC 762 – Curriculum in Postsecondary Education
- EDUC 864 – American College Students
- EDUC 870 – International and Comparative Higher and Postsecondary Education
- EDUC 873 – Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Higher Education
- EDUC 874 – Law and Higher Education
- Other CSHPE courses approved by a faculty adviser
Students complete one of the following courses:
- EDUC 695 – Research Methods in Educational Research
- EDUC 793 – Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
Students complete six credits in cognate courses chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser. Cognates are courses offered outside the higher education program, and are chosen from among the university’s plethora of schools and programs. Students typically choose courses that complement their professional interests, such as offerings from the Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Social Work, and the Ross School of Business.
Students complete the following courses:
- EDUC 777 – Administrative Practicum
Frequently Asked Questions
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To submit a successful application for admission, you need to provide the following:
- Academic Statement of Purpose
- Part-Time Admission: Applicants seeking admission to a master’s program may attend on a part-time basis.
- The Academic Statement of Purpose should be a concise statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and your reasons for applying to this degree program. Please be specific in explaining how the course offerings and faculty expertise of this program fit your educational and career objectives. Please mention if you are interested in attending part-time. We are also interested in how you learned about our program. Two double-spaced pages is considered a good length.
- Personal Statement
- 500 word limit
- How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- Resume or CV
- TOEFL, MELAB, ECPE, or IELTS scores (for non-native speakers of English only; valid 2 years from test date)
This program, like all of the School of Education's graduate programs, is administered through the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Rackham offers a host of resources and administrative support to help see you through from submitting your application to completion of your degree.
After completing page 5 of the application, you will receive an e-mail with your U-M ID. A U-M ID number will be issued to you via email within 5 business days of completing pages 1-5 and advancing to page 6 of the ApplyWeb application. Having your U-M ID number to include on all your application materials ensures accurate and timely processing, so we encourage you to complete pages 1-5 early in the process.
- If you need to submit your application before you receive your U-M ID number, you may still complete the application. Include your date of birth and the program’s name on your application materials.
- Current and former U-M Ann Arbor students, alumni and employees: You do not need to obtain a new U-M ID number. Use your previously obtained U-M ID number.
- If your personal information has changed (for example, legal name, gender), make sure the personal information you submit with your application matches your previous Ann Arbor campus record. If your previous Ann Arbor campus record does not display your current personal information, contact the Registrar’s Office or the Shared Services Center to change your personal information before you apply.
Include at the top of each document:
- The type of document (Academic Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, or Curriculum Vitae or Resume)
- Your name
- The name of the graduate program
- Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)
Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application.
TOEFL, MELAB, ECPE, or IELTS scores (for non-native speakers of English only; valid 2 years from test date)
- Upload an electronic version of your official transcript(s) for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress through your ApplyWeb application account (part of the Rackham application system). Do not upload academic records printed from your school’s website or student portal.
- Domestic applicants are not required to send official transcripts at the time of application. If you are recommended for admission, the Rackham Graduate School will require official transcripts. Admitted applicants will receive an email notification when the official transcripts are required.
- Students who have studied in a country outside of the U.S. should review the required credentials from non-U.S. institutions. For all degrees obtained at non-U.S. institutions, please submit your official international transcripts before the application deadline. Please review Rackham's international transcript requirements.
- Information for submitting official transcripts can be found on the Rackham Graduate School website.
Check on your application status. If you’ve been accepted, you will receive an email with information on how to send your official transcripts.
- If you have been accepted, congratulations! You may accept or decline the offer of admission in your U-M Friend Account.
- For international students that accept the offer of admission, Rackham prepares immigration documents for visas.
For questions regarding the master's or doctoral program application in Higher Education: Jessica Mason
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GRE general exam
The GRE is no longer required for admission to the Higher Education Master's Program
Undergraduate GPA guideline (4-point scale) for the last two years of coursework
Paid internships available
Financial aid available
Online, evening, or weekend courses
Fall Term (part-time and full-time applicants) and Winter Term (part-time applicants only)
Preferred admission for IGR minor students
The Center has a preferred admission agreement for students pursuing the minor in Intergroup Relations (IGR) at the University of Michigan. Applicants who meet the required criteria will be offered admission to the master's program.
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Graduates typically go into these industries
Hiring organizations and job titles
|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|
During their first year, master’s students have the opportunity to expand their skill base by engaging in professional practice across a wide array of functional areas. Students typically pursue an internship during the following summer and fall as well, although this is optional. The internship program includes sites that provide experience in research and program evaluation, curriculum development, academic program management, student affairs and services, and other areas.
Please see the Internship Program for Master's Students page for more information.