The Higher Education Master's Degree Program is designed to provide students with the foundation and resources necessary to understand and analyze how universities and colleges work. Graduates of our program are prepared to take on roles in a wide range of higher education settings and assume many key roles in activities such as admissions, advising, student activities, administration, and policy analysis. 

The Higher Ed program utilizes a cohort model that offers full-time and part-time options. Our full-time track is ideal for students who hold graduate assistantships on SMU’s campus, while our part-time track is designed for working professionals interested in advancing their careers. Both tracks deliver exceptional ways to build academic and personal connections, as well as experience multiple areas of higher education and discover how universities operate as a whole. 

We emphasize theory and practical experience to prepare you to improve higher education institutions. Our courses blend the skills necessary to become an active contributor and strong leader within the academy. 

Application Deadlines

Application opens on August 1, 2021

Preferential Deadline December 15, 2021 for those seeking graduate assistantships. If you miss the preferential deadline and/or Preview Day, you can still apply for open graduate assistantships at a later date by contacting us. 

Deadline for Departmental Scholarship: March 1, 2022

Final Application Deadline: May 15, 2022