Policy & Practice in Higher Education
Meet our 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.
Full Time Part Time Online
Candidates in the M.Ed. Education Administration: Higher Education Option complete 30 credits of coursework, with some courses offered on campus and some online, providing the flexibility for working professionals to complete the degree in a timely and convenient manner. The program is open to individuals who have had substantial experiences in higher education work while undergraduates or who are currently working in higher education. For applicants who are undergraduate students at UMass Lowell, a “PLUS ONE” route is available (see PLUS ONE admission requirements).
To learn about competitive Graduate Fellowships for M.Ed. in Higher Education students, visit the Student Affairs website.
Questions about the Higher Education program can be directed to:
A.J. Angulo, Ed.D.
Professor of Education and Higher Education Program Coordinator
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 College 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 College of Education faculty member overseeing the course.
The College of Education's commitment to "Education for Transformation" provides opportunities for Higher Education Option students to
Program of Study (pdf)
For the latest course information, please see the UMass Lowell Online Graduate Catalog.
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Applicants to the degree should be working or interning at an institution of higher education.
They must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution which has been earned with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
They must have received a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in six credits of undergraduate English writing courses.
Applicants must submit the following items to Graduate Admissions:
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.
UMass Lowell undergraduates may apply to the PLUS ONE program in the first semester or the final year of their undergraduate degree. The “PLUS ONE” route is open to UMass Lowell eligible undergraduates only who have had substantial experience in Academic or Student Affairs-related areas and who are recommended by appropriate staff of the division. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. If accepted, candidates may take two graduate level courses in the second semester of their final year which may be counted toward both their undergraduate and graduate degree with permission of the undergraduate advisor. Applicants to the PLUS ONE program must submit:
For information about the program, contact A.J. Angulo: AJ_Angulo@uml.edu.