M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership

  • College

    College of Education

  • Degree

    M.Ed.

  • Location

    Atlanta and Macon

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Make an impact in higher education

Mercer University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education Leadership is designed for individuals who are seeking careers as directors, coordinators, managers, or supervisors in higher education at the mid-administration or mid-management level. Graduates of the program are prepared as transforming leaders who possess a strong understanding of higher education institutions, grounded in leadership theory. The one-year, 30-hour program prepares candidates to assume entry or mid-level leadership responsibilities in a variety of professional areas including: admissions or enrollment management, student affairs, advising, diversity, alumni relations and development, finance, human resources, facilities, or athletics.

Upon program completion, graduates may pursue roles such as:

  • Director of Financial Aid
  • Director of Housing
  • Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Academic Advising
  • Director of Safety
  • Coordinator of Student Support Services
  • Supervisor of Maintenance

This 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

Expand your knowledge

Through program curriculum, students will gain knowledge in:

  • Establishing a scholarly foundation in higher education organization, structure, administration, and governance
  • Successfully assuming leadership responsibilities in post-secondary education

Designed for busy and working adults

The M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership is offered at Mercer’s Atlanta and Macon campuses. Students are enrolled four times per year in January, August, October, and May and complete coursework in eight-week terms. Students in the Atlanta cohort will complete the program 100% online, and students in the Macon cohort will meet through a combination of online and evening, on-campus classes.

Leadership Academy

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

Learn more about our M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule your personalized admissions appointment or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6084 or MercerEducation@mercer.edu for more information.

Mercer has given me the foundation to enhance my leadership skills, challenged me to be a risk taker, and encouraged me to build and sustain relationships. Through field experiences and being taught by former transformative leaders in education, I feel equipped to be successful in my career.

Janae' Cohen
M.Ed. Higher Education Leadership, '14 | Tier One Educational Leadership Certification, '18
Gifted Support Teacher, Henry County Schools

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