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Program/Degree
Higher Education (MA) 
Program Description

A Distinctive Higher Education Program

Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education: Dr. Gary Rhoades.

Established in 1977, the Center for the Study of Higher Education offers flexible, interdisciplinary, and individualized master of arts and doctor of philosophy degree programs with concentrations in comparative higher education, organization and administration, college access, and student affairs.

The Center's Faculty

The Center's work is distinguished by:

  • A commitment not just to improving practice, but also to educational changes that enhance the realization of social justice in higher education.
  • A consideration of how developments in the political economy shape and are expressed in the restructuring of higher education settings, professions, and practices.
  • An exploration of the international/global dimensions, issues, and agencies related to higher education, with particular attention devoted to the Americas.

These distinctive characteristics go beyond individual faculty; they reflect a collective synergy and orientation of our faculty to scholarship and practice.

A Diverse, Supportive, Challenging Intellectual Community

Each year we admit around ten (10) Ph.D. students and twenty (20) M.A. students. The life experience and perspectives of the 90-100 students enrolled here flavor our program. A high proportion of our students are accomplished professionals and we value the practical experience and organizational skills they bring.

Ours is a diverse, supportive, challenging intellectual community. Over half of our students are women, over 20 percent are students of color, and over 10 percent are international students. Many are first generation students. This diversity enriches our community and work.

In recognition for its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, the Center for the Study of Higher Ed has been honored with the Peter W. Likins Inclusive Excellence Award in 2010.

Faculty at the Center help foster a culture of research

We are supportive of each others' work and that of our students. Most of our students work, yet are fully engaged intellectually in a program that emphasizes a culture of research and reflective practice. Our aim is to bring theories and findings from the academic literature to bear on professional practice in ways that enhance students' abilities to understand, analyze, and act within postsecondary organizations and systems. We seek students who are deeply committed to the advancement and improvement of higher education as students, practitioners, scholars, and activists.

Most of our students advance into positions in various support professions and administration, but some also pursue faculty positions. Although most obtain positions on college and university campuses, we have also placed students in systemwide administration, policy agencies such as WICHE, and in private enterprise.

An important contributor to our intellectual community is the Higher Education Student Organization (HESO). It sponsors formal and informal annual functions and activities that are academic, professional, and social in nature and that address student needs as well as bring students and faculty together for supportive exchange.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Educational Policy Studies and Practice -

The Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice (EPSP) includes the Educational Leadership Program and the Center for the Study of Higher Education. The EPSP department combines the K-12 focus with postsecondary education to create a P-20 perspective that taps into the dominant discourse of education and policymakers today.

Both the Center for the Study of Higher Education (HED) and the Educational Leadership (EDL) program maintain their core functions and curriculum, consistent with professional career paths and state standards for certification leading to licensure. However, the combined unit more broadly facilitates and encourages research, instructional, and service and outreach initiatives consistent with a policy development and analysis focus.

A  key departmental strength concentrates on how organizations, institutions (both formal and informal), official practices, and educational professions affect outcomes across local, national, and international contexts and how these entities are themselves affected by societal, economic, and political pressures.

EPSP prepares graduate students at the doctorate and master's levels. Graduate programs in HED include Ph.D. and M.A. degrees. Graduate programs in EDL include an Ed.D., Ph.D., Ed.S., and M.Ed. The M.Ed. degree is a standards-driven curriculum leading to both a degree and state certification for the principalship.

 
College
College of Education  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Elizabeth Gaxiola
520-621-7313
Graduate Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Gaxiola
520-621-7313
Director of Graduate Studies
Gary D Rhoades
520-626-4097
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lori D'Anna
520-621-9227
 
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Preferred GPA of 3.5
  • Preferred experience in Student Affairs or Leadership
 
Standardized Tests

Required test(s):

GRE Subject tests: (GRE)

The Graduate Record Exam is part of the holisitic application review and therefore there is no minimum score.

For International Students ONLY:

Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7

 
Financial Aid

Scholarship Universe

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Graduate Access Fellowship

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall ONLY: December 1st (Priority for funding and Graduate Assistantships)
  • Deadline: January 15 (After this deadline the application will not be accepted)

International Applicants:

  • Fall ONLY: December 1st (Priority for funding and Graduate Assistantships)
  • Deadline: January 15 (After this deadline the application will not be accepted)
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

First Semester:

  • HED 601 (HED in US)
  • HED 617 (Intro Student Services)
  • HED Methods Course (most take HED 611-Statistical Methods)

Second Semester:

  • HED 608 (College Student)
  • HED 609 (Organization and Administration)
  • Elective

Third Semester:

  • HED 693 (Internship & Course)
  • Elective
  • Elective

Fourth Semester:

  • HED 627 (Capstone)
  • Elective
  • Elective
 
Minor Requirements

Minors may be declared in Higher Education, or outside of the program with approval from your advisor.

Students must complete the minor department requirements as stated by the minor advisor.

 
Student Handbook
https://www.coe.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/CSHE%20Satisfactory%20Academic%20Progress%20Final5%20(MR%20edit)%20(3).pdf  
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Last revised 25 Mar 2015