Master of Education in Higher Education

Begin or advance your career in higher education and student affairs with the MEd in Higher Education at the University of Pittsburgh. This program provides students with the professional competencies, experiential learning, and personal development needed to serve in entry-level positions in a variety of offices and departments that serve students in higher education. Our curriculum centers equity and justice through practitioner-oriented coursework.   

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: On average, full-time students complete the degree within two years and part-time students complete the degree within three years. 
  • Time Commitment: Full time or Part time (Part-time students must be fully employed) 
  • Term of Enrollment: Full-time students may begin the program in the fall term, and part-time students may begin the program in either the fall or spring terms. 
  • Application Deadlines: 
For full-time enrollment
  • Fall application deadline, Early Consideration: December 1* 
  • Fall application deadline, priority #2: February 1* 
  • Fall application deadline, priority #3: May 8* 
  • *To be considered for a paid internship or graduate student assistantship, you must submit all application materials by the priority #1 or #2 deadlines. Internship interviews will take place during our annual Panther Preview Days (March) and positions will begin in the fall semester. Priority for paid internship and assistantship positions is given to students who pursue in full-time study. Positions remaining after Panther Preview Days will be offered to students who do not meet the priority #1 and #2 deadlines or to part-time students.  
For part-time enrollment
  • Spring application deadline: November 1* 
  • Fall application deadline, Early Consideration: December 1 
  • Fall application deadline, priority #2: February 1 
  • Fall application deadline, priority #3: June 1* 
  • *Applications received after the November 1 (spring) and June 1 (fall) deadlines will be considered for admission on a rolling, space-available basis. Otherwise, applications will be considered in the next admissions cycle.
  • Course Requirements:  36 credits 
  • Application Information: GRE exam not required for admissions

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Program Details

  • Pursue academic excellence through coursework based on the  ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies  that prepare you for real-world work with today’s college students in a range of postsecondary settings.    
  • Translate classroom learning to practice through internship/assistantship experiences that prepare you for your first professional position post-degree. 
  • Grow alongside a supportive cohort and enhance your professional network by co-constructing knowledge through a prescribed sequence of core courses with similarly-situated scholar-learners who become your first colleagues in the profession. 
  • Engage and personally connect with faculty experienced in the field of higher education and student affairs through personalized advising and receive guided support throughout your first job search.
  • Gain broad foundational knowledge and take core courses that explore the cultural, social, and political dynamics of student affairs. The courses include the politics and history of higher education, higher education administration, student development theory, research methods, student services program assessment, professional development seminar, and the higher education capstone seminar. 


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Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete a 300-hour internship
    • The internship adds breadth and depth to the master’s-level training by offering rich experiential learning within higher education and student affairs settings.
    • Students work on student development and program planning; benchmarking and assessment; and training, advising, and supervising.
    • Priority for paid internships is given to students who pursue full-time study through the annual Panther Preview Days, a two-day visitation program
  • Capstone project that serves as the comprehensive examination.


Candidates pursuing this degree must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary institution by the time they start the M.Ed. program. Prospective students should also ensure that they meet the application requirements for this program.

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Career Pathways

Program graduates pursue careers in a wide range of higher education and student affairs functional areas, including:

  • Academic advising
  • Admissions and financial aid
  • Alumni relations
  • Athletics
  • Career development
  • Civic and community engagement
  • Disability resources
  • Diversity and inclusion centers
  • Facilities management
  • First-year experience and new student orientation
  • Fraternity and sorority life
  • Institutional advancement
  • Parent and family resources
  • Residence life
  • Service learning
  • Student activities
  • Student conduct
  • Student leadership programs
  • Student support services. 

Recent graduates hold titles such as:

  • Academic Advisor
  • Assistant Director of Career Services
  • Assistant Director of Residence Life
  • Experiential Learning Coordinator
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Internships and Diversity Advisor
  • New Student Programming Coordinator
  • Resident Director
  • Residential Assignments Coordinator
  • Student Activities Coordinator
  • Student Success Coach