University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Master of Education (MEd)

Higher Education Management - Master of Education (MEd)

Prospective students may only apply to the Student Services Track in Higher Education Program. Applications for the Management Track are currently not being accepted.

The Master of Education (MEd) in Higher Education Management prepares scholar practitioners for positions working within institutions of higher education and is designed for domestic and international students seeking positions as early career professionals and those already working in the field. The student services track prepares students for careers that involve service to and engagement directly with students, including all aspects of student affairs as well as academic affairs and central administration positions that focus on serving students.
Students take a core set of courses to gain an understanding of historical, political, philosophical, and social elements that shape and reshape higher education and to gain competency in the basic areas of education. These courses include Higher Education Administration, the Politics and History of Higher Education, Student Development Theory, and Research Methods. Those who pursue the student services track focus on student services management, program development, and assessment courses, as well as other courses focused on serving and developing students using diverse perspectives. To further enhance their educational knowledge, students have the opportunity to take elective courses within the Administrative and Policy Studies department that focus on higher education.

Students pursuing the MEd are required to have at least one internship experience as a part of their studies. The internship experience is designed to add breadth and depth to the masters-level training by offering opportunities within a college or university setting working on program planning, evaluation, assessment, administration, training, advising, supervising, and mentoring. Students employed in full-time positions have the option to embed their internship experience within the current functional area where they work, taking on a project or role within their current functional areas that extends their professional capacity.

The internship includes approximately 300 hours of work intensive on-site supervision. In conjunction with the internship, MEd students take a Higher Education Management Internship course that provides additional support and professional development as guided by the instructor. Priority for paid positions is given to students who undertake full-time study. Higher Education Management faculty members assist in placing students in internships position during the yearly preview day, among other placement activities.

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School of Education
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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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