Higher Education emphasis, M.Ed.

Iowa State University has a rich tradition of preparing scholars and leaders in the field of higher education. The Division of Higher Education prepares individuals to engage with critical issues in higher education through the growth of skills and knowledge in assessment and research, student development, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and administrative leadership. 


The Division of Higher Education in the School of Education offers an M.Ed. higher education emphasis with sub-concentration areas in:

  • Community college leadership
  • Higher education administration
  • Intercollegiate athletic leadership/administration


Distance education students pay in-state tuition, regardless of state residency.

Program format

The M.Ed. in Higher Education is designed to support knowledge of theories, practices, and policies that shape various postsecondary contexts. Students achieve learning outcomes through a broad range of courses that cover foundational topics and a specific set of classes focused on sub-concentration areas. The program requires a total of 30 credits and may be completed over two academic years plus one summer. Course delivery is online with both synchronous and asynchronous class schedules. Through virtual classroom technology, online delivery makes it possible for working professionals to pursue a high-quality graduate degree. With an elevated understanding of higher education, program alumni have secured mid-level administrative positions across various institutional contexts.