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Learning to Lead

Meet our Ed. Admin Higher Education students who are preparing to become tomorrow's college and university leaders. Our program offers professional experiences in such areas as Advising, Counseling, Facilities, Admissions, Residence Life, Student Affairs, and Human Resources.

Policy & Practice in Higher Education

Candidates in M.Ed. Education Administration: Higher Education complete 30 credits of synchronous, online coursework during the academic year, providing flexibility for working professionals to complete the degree in a timely and convenient manner. Summer synchronous, asynchronous, and in-person course options are also available for students who seek a year round academic experience. The program is open to individuals who have prior college work experience, who hold current positions in student or academic affairs, or who have an interest in advanced studies in higher education. For applicants who are current undergraduate students at UMass Lowell the Bachelor's-to-Master's route is also available.

For more information about competitive Graduate Fellowships in Education Administration: Higher Education, visit the Student Affairs website.

To learn more about UMass Lowell's Higher Education program, visit the Graduate and Professional Studies website.

Questions regarding the M.Ed. program should be sent to the coordinator via email:

  • The degree requires 30 credits of graduate study. All candidates must complete 18 credits of required course work consisting of six credits of foundations, three credits of research and nine credits of core courses.

    Additionally, each candidate chooses six credits of elective study and six credits of capstone experiences. Candidates who are working in UMass Lowell’s Division of Student Affairs will complete two semesters of substantial capstone/practical training at the end of their M.Ed. coursework. The capstone will be supervised and evaluated jointly by an appropriate supervisor in the Division and a faculty member from the School of Education. Candidates who are not engaged in work within the Division of Student Affairs will complete six credits of capstone course work in which they plan and implement a program within their institution of higher education designed to further the goals of their department, improve procedures, or maximize the efficient operation of a particular group. The project must be planned and approved by the candidate’s current supervisor (there are no placement services for this option) as well as by the School of Education faculty member overseeing the course.

    The School of Education's commitment to "Education for Transformation" provides opportunities for students in the M.Ed. Education Administration: Higher Education option to:

    • Demonstrate excellent knowledge, judgment and skills in their area of professional focus.
    • Promote equity of educational opportunity and access for all members of the Higher Education community.
    • Collaborate with other leaders, educators, and community representatives to support educational excellence in higher education.
    • Use inquiry and research to address higher education leadership changes and challenges.

    Review the suggested Degree Pathway.

    For the latest course information, please see the UMass Lowell Online Graduate Catalog.

  • Applicants to the degree should be working or interning at an institution of higher education, but we also encourage applications from those with a wide range of work and educational experiences. They must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution which has been earned with a minimum GPA of 3.000. They also must have received a cumulative GPA of 3.000 in six credits of undergraduate English writing courses.

    Applicants must submit the following items to Graduate Admissions: 

    • Graduate School Online Application
    • Application fee
    • Statement of purpose describing the candidate’s experience in a higher education role and goals for the future.
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the quality of the candidate’s work.
    • Official transcripts
    • Resume
    • TOEFL scores, as appropriate

    While standardized test scores (GRE / GMAT / MAT / LSAT) are not required, those applicants who already have scores are encouraged to submit them as part of their application.

  • The Bachelor's-to-Master's Program (B2M) for the M.Ed. Education Administration: Higher Education is open to eligible UMass Lowell undergraduates who have had substantial experience in Academic or Student Affairs-related areas. UMass Lowell undergraduates may apply to the B2M program at the end of their junior year or in the first semester of the final year of their undergraduate degree and must have a minimum GPA of 3.000 at the time that their application is submitted. If accepted into the B2M program, candidates may take two graduate level courses during their final year which may be counted toward both their undergraduate and graduate degree (with the permission of the undergraduate advisor and the graduate program coordinator).

    Applicants to the B2M program must submit a:

    • Bachelor's-to-Master's application (to transition to a UML Graduate Program) 
    • Application fee
    • Statement of purpose which describes the candidate’s experience in student affairs and goals for their future career
    • One letter of recommendation from an individual who knows the quality of the candidate’s work.
    • Official Transcripts
    • Resume
    • TOEFL scores, as appropriate

    For information about the B2M program, please contact the graduate program coordinator by email:

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