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    Jun 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Higher Education, MEd

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UNT’s higher education program is one of the most established higher education programs in the Southwest. We have graduated more than 1,000 doctoral and master’s alumni and many of them are currently holding leadership positions in universities and colleges around the country as well as overseas.

The master’s degree in higher education prepares students for entry-level and mid-management positions in higher education administration in areas such as student life, student housing, career centers, new student programs, multicultural centers, student unions, advancement offices, alumni offices, academic advising centers, international student offices, financial aid offices, dean of student’s offices, institutional research offices, and business affairs offices. The student affairs track meets the requirements of the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) for graduate programs in student affairs.

Students may select from three program formats: standard program, online program, or cohort program. The standard program allows the student to specialize in one of three tracks: student affairs, community college leadership, or general administration. The online program specializes in general administration and allows students to complete their degree fully online. The cohort program specializes in student affairs and includes immediate consideration for a graduate assistant position in student affairs or a related area.

Admission Requirements

Student’s seeking admission to the master’s program in higher education should submit the following items to the UNT Toulouse Graduate School:

  1. UNT Toulouse Graduate School application form;
  2. official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
  3. official GRE or GMAT scores no older than five years are optional.

The following materials must be submitted to the Higher Education Program Office:

  1. program application
  2. three recommendation forms, including at least one from a current or recent professor;
  3. a curriculum vitae or resume; and
  4. an admission essay (i.e., statement of purpose).

In addition to the minimum requirements of the College of Education listed under the “Admissions requirements” heading in the appropriate section of the UNT graduate catalog, admission to the master’s program in higher education is contingent upon the following:*

  1. an acceptable GPA (The successful candidate for admission will normally have a bachelor’s degree overall GPA of 3.0 or higher or GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours taken for the bachelor’s degree based on a 4.0 grading system.);
  2. GRE or GMAT scores are optional;
  3. the clarity and fit of the applicant’s career objectives;
  4. the strength of the professional/educational references; and
  5. the quality of the admission essay.

Additionally, applicants to the Master’s Cohort in Student Affairs track are required to participate in an on-campus interview with program faculty and student affairs professionals. Final admission to the master’s cohort is dependent upon the student securing both admission to the program and a graduate assistantship position. Applicants not considered for the cohort will be considered automatically for the standard master’s program.

Additional information

For additional information and specific course requirements for the master’s degree in higher education, potential students should contact the master’s degree program coordinator in the higher education program at 940-565-2045 or e-mail

Master of Education - Standard program

The master of education degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours in four areas: higher education core (15 hours), research (3 hours), internship/field problem (6 hours) and specialization (12 hours including 3 hours of elective).

Research requirement, 3 hours

Internship/field problem, 6 hours

Specialization track, 12 hours

Student Affairs track

Community College Leadership track

Master of Education - Online program in general administration

The online Master of Education degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours in four areas: higher education core (15 hours), research (3 hours), internship/field problem (6 hours) and specialization in general administration (12 hours). Students in the online master’s program must complete their degree within 5 years.

Master of Education - Cohort Program in Student Affairs

Students who are interested in the Student Affairs track may apply to the Cohort Program. The Cohort Program admits 12-16 students per year and admission is selective. Cohort students are full-time students working 20 hours per week in graduate assistantships and enrolling in a pre-set block of courses in the student affairs track.

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