The Master of Science in Higher Education is built around five core learning domains, all central measures of student knowledge: leadership; social justice and advocacy; education; assessment and evaluation; and personal development.
The program prepares students with the practical skills, knowledge and experience to become entry- and mid-level professionals and leaders in higher education institutions, national/international professional associations and organizations, and government agencies. It provides a strong foundation for career advancement.
To assure full consideration, please complete the online applications before the posted deadline for the fall semester (Cal State Apply).
Application deadlines change depending on demand and enrollment allocations. Check with the department for current information.
Admission to Graduate Standing - Conditionally Classified
Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, an applicant should have a successful teaching experience in an elementary or secondary school. (If such experience is not available, other experience in related fields is an alternative if approved by a graduate adviser before starting the program.) A candidate portfolio is also required.
Graduate Standing - Classified
A student who meets the admission requirements and has a minimum 2.5 GPA in previous academic work may be granted classified graduate standing upon approval of a study plan.
The study plan requirements include field experience and a comprehensive exam. No more than nine units of postgraduate work taken prior to classified standing may be applied to a student’s master’s degree program.
The culminating experience marks the end of a graduate program. It demonstrates mastery of disciplinary materials and meets requirements from Section 40510 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. Please consult the Culminating Experience section in this catalog for more information.