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Our vision is you! Let your passion for higher education improve the lives of others. At A&M Commerce, we offer one of the nation’s largest Higher Education programs, giving you excellence in education and endless opportunities. Our flexible degree prepares you for a wide-range of careers in academic counseling, college teaching, educational policymaking, or nonprofit organizations. You’ll examine a broad curriculum that explores how American colleges function in the 21st century. Experience higher education firsthand through internships and field teaching experiences. Learn at one of the leading institutions in Texas. Start your journey at A&M-Commerce!

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Online
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A master’s DEGREE IN higher education

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Higher Education (MS) :: MAJORS/EMPHASIS

Focus Your Passion

The Department of Higher Education offers two different tracks towards earning your master’s degree. Discover what option works best for your lifestyle.

Administration Emphasis (Non-Thesis)

Get ready to create meaningful direction in your career. Our Administration Emphasis introduces you to the field and profession of higher education. Explore the history of higher education and how it benefits communities and societies. Learn how colleges and universities work and lead their students to success. Our program will prepare you for rewarding entry and mid-level administrative careers (financial aid, registrar, housing, academic counseling, budgeting, student affairs, alumni relations and admissions). The program is completely online. Total Credit Hours: 30

College Teaching Emphasis (Non-Thesis)

Our College Teaching Emphasis focuses on teaching strategies and ways to enhance learning and development among college students. You will understand the philosophy and applications of teaching and learning in the college classroom environment. Total Credit Hours: 36

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Master of Science in Higher Education :: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

what you will learn

A master’s degree in Higher Education will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Learn advanced strategies for educational development at the post-secondary level
  • Understand the challenges students and faculty face to manage the inner workings of colleges and universities
  • Gain knowledge and experience in effective administrative and teaching approaches
  • Receive additional courses in the teaching field to prepare you for the college classroom
  • Discover the fundamentals of organizational theory, leadership, adult education, student affairs and instructional effectiveness
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Master of Science in Higher Education :: Careers


Jobs in higher education extend far beyond teaching. From admissions and enrollment to student affairs and alumni relations, universities need leaders who are passionate about educational success. Discover what career path interests you.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Postsecondary Teachers
Postsecondary Education Administrators
Education, Guidance and Career Counselors

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Master of Science in Higher Education :: FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Master of Science in Higher Education :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery and Resources

Our master’s degree program in Higher Education is designed for those interested in working in colleges and universities or related agencies. Offered exclusively online, our goal is to meet the innovative needs of current college instructors and working administrators. You’ll interact personally with renowned faculty and experts that are committed to helping you reach your educational and career goals.

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Graduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,594 for Texas residents and $6,897 for non-residents.

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Master of Science in Higher Education :: Program Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Required Documents for Domestic Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee: $50
  • All official transcripts
    • Bachelor’s degree, including all transcripts used towards a bachelor’s degree
    • Any master’s degree transcript(s) with graduate coursework (if applicable)
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • One of the following:
    • Official GRE scores
    • 3.00 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate hours
    • 3.00 overall undergraduate GPA

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Note: International students are not eligible for this degree.

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Master of Science in Higher Education :: Staff

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Master of Science in Higher Education :: RELATED DEGREE PROGRAMS

Related Degree Programs

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