M.A. in Higher Education: Instructional Track

About the Program

The M.A. in Higher Education: Instructional track is designed for individuals who wish to pursue employment opportunities as adjunct instructors or as instructors in developmental education/basic skills programs or in selected science disciplines at 2-year or 4-year colleges. This track is not recommended for individuals who plan to seek full-time tenure track professorial positions in a specific academic discipline.

The instructional track is offered in a limited number of academic specializations:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Reading
  • It is also possible to craft programs in biology, chemistry, and physics.
    • Students wishing to pursue programs in computer science, mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics are expected to possess the corresponding baccalaureate degrees as a prerequisite for program admission.


Program Code: MA-HIGHERED / Major Code: G807 / Specialization Code: P808

The programs in the instructional track range from 31-37 semester hours (s.h.), depending on the academic specializations as follows: computer science (37 s.h.), mathematics (37 s.h.), English as a Second Language (34 s.h.), and reading (31 s.h.). Academic specializations in biology, chemistry and physics may vary according to student experience in those areas.

Generally, students will be required to complete 13 credits in higher education courses including course work in adult learning. Also included in this coursework is a seminar/internship in higher education instruction. All of the remaining coursework is in the academic specialization. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in selected academic specializations and are further required to undertake a major research project on a topic of significant interest within their academic specialization.

Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 31–37)
The courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
Required Courses (13 s.h.)
HIED 06605 Higher Education in America 3
EDST 24501 Procedures & Evaluation in Research 3
CURR 29503 Teaching Adult Learners 3
HIED 06603 Seminar/Internship in Higher Education Instruction* 4
Required Specialization Courses (18–24 s.h.)

*The Seminar/Internship in Higher Education Instruction must be taken in the student's final semester.

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for this program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • CGCE Graduate Application Form (Download the PDF or click here to apply online)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
    • Describe how you might use this program to advance your career. Educational goals beyond the master’s level, if applicable, are also relevant.
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Submission of official GRE test results
  • Interview (Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

Below is a list of anticipated start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Spring 2015 01/20/2015 12/01/2014
Summer 2015 05/26/2015 02/15/2015
Fall 2015 09/01/2015 06/01/2015

Tuition & Costs

$648 tuition + $144.90 in fees = $792.90 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)

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