Master of Education in Educational Leadership - Higher Education

Why SMU?



Our program has a variety of resources necessary to arm students with the tools needed to excel at the highest level and to feel prepared for the challenges their future career opportunities may provide.

Below is a sampling of the resources SMU and the Higher Education Program have to offer. 

The SMU higher education faculty have the knowledge and network base to help students succeed during their time in the program and beyond.  The faculty are committing to working closely with master’s students and thrive on the interactions that happen both inside and outside of class.  With national renowned research reputations, our faculty bring current research into class to improve students’ knowledge of higher education.

Standing Program Faculty

Associated and Adjunct Faculty


In addition to the standing, associated, and adjunct faculty, the program brings nationally recognized speakers to campus to share their knowledge and shed light on the challenges and opportunities for the Higher Education Community.


During the school year, Fondren Library is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. With 16 study rooms, 3 computer classrooms, and a practice presentation room available, students have an ample number of places to focus on their studies.

Learn additional information about the Fondren Library Center. http://smu.edu/cul/flc/ic/


The SMU Higher Education program is pleased to offer students the opportunity to study higher education institutions abroad. 

To see pictures from past trips and to learn more about this exciting opportunity, Click Here


Opening its doors in  Fall of 2010, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall is one of the newest buildings on campus and is home to the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. As with all the new construction on SMU’s campus, Simmons Hall was built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards to lesson environmental impact. 

See the construction video.

Reading Room

Situated adjacent to the Education Policy and Leadership Department, the reading room provides a quiet oasis for Higher Education students to retreat and study.