Higher Education Leadership MS

The Higher Education Leadership graduate program provides a pathway for professional employment, advancement and leadership in a wide variety of careers in post-secondary educational settings, college transition programs and/or community agencies, government agencies, and consulting firms concerned with higher education.

 

Quick Facts

Rolling Admission Apply Anytime

You Can Start Spring 2023 or Fall 2023

Delivery Option(s) Main Campus

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credits 33

Estimated Completion Time 2 Years

Overview

The program prepares leaders across all sectors of higher education through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach. Courses and faculty being academic affairs, student affairs and administrative perspectives provide students access to a range of diverse experiences and opportunities as they move through the program. The program is uniquely position to offer two internship experiences with a  focus on creating more diverse and inclusive academic environments. 

Curriculum

This 33-credit hour program provides coursework in higher educational history, student learning and development, leadership theory and research, with an emphasis on creating a more just, diverse, equitable and accessible learning environment. The program is uniquely positioned to offer two internship experiences to provide authentic learning experiences.

Authentic Learning

This program ensures hands-on experience across various departments so students can engage in self-directed inquiry, problem-solving, critical thinking, and reflection in real world and creative contexts.

Outcomes

Graduates will understand the  historical and contemporary issues in United States higher education landscape including access and affordability, be able to analyze and evaluate campus policies and procedures related to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice, and will demonstrate competencies in the theories of student learning & development, strategic leadership principles and in the laws that affect colleges & universities. Through various field experiences, graduates will have professional skills necessary to succeed in a variety of careers in higher education across academic affairs, student affairs and alumni & development, community agencies that support higher education and students transitioning to college, or at higher education professional organizations.

Career Opportunities

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Career Services Specialist
  • Residence Life Director
  • Orientation Coordinator
  • Academic Advisor
  •  Accessibility Services Coordinator
  • Alumni Relations Specialist
  • First Year Experience Coordinator
  • Program Advisor/Coordinator
  • Institutional Research Data Manager

Program Resources





Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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$500,000

in total awards given every year to our graduate students

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn't come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript

Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.

Purpose Statement

In 500 words or less, describe your personal achievements relating to your academic interests, and detail your educational and professional objectives with reasoning for applying to SUNY Oswego. This statement will help the review team better understand and evaluate your application.

Resume

Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.

Two letters of recommendation

Indicate two names with valid email addresses. We will send an email request directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities. (At least one of these recommendations must be from your school district.)

Application fee

Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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