Educational Leadership

M.Ed. Higher Education Leadership

The 30-semester hour Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership prepares candidates to assume entry or mid-level leadership responsibilities in a variety of professional areas including: admissions and enrollment management, student affairs, advising, diversity, alumni relations and development, finance, human resources, facilities and athletics. The program's purpose is to develop transformational leaders who possess a strong understanding - grounded in leadership theory.

The program is designed for: 

  • Those currently employed by an institution of higher learning who seek to improve and enhance job performance and assume greater leadership responsibility
  • Current and recent undergraduates who plan to pursue higher education leadership as a career
  • Those seeking to make a career change into the higher education leadership field


Upon completion of the program, students will: 

  • Have a broad-based, scholarly foundation in higher education organization, structure, administration, and governance
  • Be prepared to assume leadership responsibilities in post-secondary education


The M.Ed. is offered at Mercer's Atlanta and Macon campuses. Students are admitted three times a year for the Fall (August), Spring (January) and Summer (May) terms. Mercer offers two convenient delivery formats: online and in-class, allowing students to determine the best fit for their busy schedules. Students who choose to take courses online have the option to meet with faculty face-to-face at one of Mercer's various locations.


Every year on the first Saturday in March, Mercer's Atlanta and Macon educational leadership students come together on the Atlanta campus to network and learn from experts in educational leadership. This includes the cohorts from the M.Ed., Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs. The Academy includes breakout sessions to expose candidates to diverse ideas and methods on topics that complement and enhance the learning experience. 

Visit our Leadership Academy page for more information>