Program overview

The Higher Education Leadership Organizational Leadership, M.A. concentration and certificate prepares graduates for a variety of institutional roles in higher education, with an emphasis on developing leadership skills for organizational change. A unique graduate program for emerging higher education professionals, we provide you with the leadership capacity to face organizational challenges in today’s colleges and universities. The program is available in both a hybrid and 100% online format.

Program requirements

Students can earn a master's degree or graduate certificate. The coursework is aimed at working professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of functions such as student affairs, to gain an understanding of how schools assess, plan and change, and also who want to develop insight into the complex and changing "big picture" of higher education.

Make an impact

Our graduates are making an impact in a range of areas.

Common areas of employment:

  • Pre-college programs
  • Athletics
  • Residence education
  • Administration
  • Student involvement
  • Institutional advancement


Christina Hamme Peterson

Professor and Chair of the Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall

cpeterson [at]


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