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Discover how you can improve the processes and operations in higher
education to reach more desirable outcomes.
Explore the ways personnel management can make a difference in higher
Build the skills needed to support diversity, equity, and ethical
decision-making for academic excellence.
Select, support, and apply technology to develop data-driven
Focus on community college leadership or higher education program
administration to reach your own professional goals.
This program integrates current, recognized theory and practice to
help you excel as a leader in higher education.
You're never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.
Cythia Howell, EdD, MA, School of Education
Cynthia Howell, EdD, has served as core faculty for Leadership for Higher Education in the School of Education at Capella University since 2010. She has designed and taught courses on assessment, education program evaluation, advising and retention, and others. She serves on dissertation committees as chair or member. She holds a doctorate in higher education leadership from Northern Arizona University, a master's degree in English from Western Washington University, and a bachelor's degree in English from the College of William and Mary.
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Your price may be higher or lower depending on your
specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer
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would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits
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There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.
Part-time jobs sponsored by the U.S. government are available to help you reduce loan debt.
The MS in Higher Education, Leadership and Administration specialization focuses on leadership and supporting diverse student populations. You’ll also learn to implement technology solutions for guiding decision-making and evaluating learning programs.
Higher Education Program Administration
In this course, learners explore the distinctions between leadership
and management and identify the knowledge and skills needed to address
higher education administrative challenges. Learners determine
communication skills necessary at personal and organizational levels
and strategies for articulating a shared vision. Topics also include
current best practices in human resources leadership and management
and their connections with ethical practices.
|4 quarter credits|
History, Issues, and Trends in Higher Education
Learners gain an understanding of the evolution of colleges,
universities, and other postsecondary institutions. Learners focus on
the cultural, societal, and economic influences that have shaped the
development of higher education curricula, culture, practices, and
governance. Learners also relate historical events and milestones to
current issues and trends in higher education.
|4 quarter credits|
Financial Management and Institutional Development
In this course, learners examine higher education revenue sources and
review expenses and cost drivers associated with institution
management. Primary topics include tuition and fee revenue, government
appropriations, gifts and grants, and investment income. Learners also
study the growing expense of faculty and staff compensation,
technology upgrades, and long-term debt service obligations. Other
topics include the complexities of financial aid, institutional budget
planning, and program management.
|4 quarter credits|
Concentrations let you hone in on your specific area of interest that
can get you even closer to your exact career goals. The concentrations
you earn will be included on your transcript.
Choose this area of emphasis to learn the philosophy, culture,
leadership attributes, issues, and trends in community college.
The higher education program administration emphasis covers the
divisions of higher education institution and challenges.
The right education can change everything. Discover your path to
gaining real-world skills as an administrative leader in an
institution of higher education.
Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and
personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to
explore with an MS in higher education, specializing in leadership and
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some
positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure,
certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because
many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella
cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a
promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you
to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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