The Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership degree program prepares students for leadership and administration in colleges and universities. Designed for individuals interested in entry to mid-level college administration, the program includes a core curriculum that introduces students to critical issues in higher education with an emphasis on social justice concerns. Students study both academic or student affairs leadership. A capstone/internship will provide students with hands-on experience translating theory and research to practice in a college or university setting.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Admissions by the semester deadlines listed below.
On-Campus Fall Start Program
- December 15 (Early consideration)
- April 15 (Regular)
- June 1 (Late; considered only if space permits)
On-Campus Winter Start Program (limited enrollment)
Fully Online Summer Start Program
The on-campus cohort begins in the fall term, and it is recommended that you apply early. The cohort is filled to a maximum of 20 students. A limited number of winter term applications will be considered. Students accepted for winter semester are expected to take a summer class during the first year
The on-line cohort begins in the Summer I term.
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
- Requirements for recommendations
The two Recommendation for Graduate Admission forms must be from individuals in a supervisory or advisory relationship to the applicant who can address the applicant’s potential to perform at the graduate education level.
- Program specific and resumé (see specific questions for the Master of Education in higher education leadership program)
- An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department. Meeting minimal criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program.