Integrative Studies MS in Higher Education

Master of Science in Higher Education

Design your own master’s degree

Prepare to get a front-seat view of the theories, critical thinking, research, and strategies that guide decision-making in higher educational settings. With Capella’s online master's in higher education, integrative studies degree, you’ll gain a solid foundation in educational philosophy and assessment, and have the flexibility to choose your own coursework from an extensive list of electives. You can take advantage of previous knowledge and design a degree that allows you to explore the areas of education that interest you the most.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Core course
  • 1 Specialization courses
  • 6 Elective courses
  • Capstone

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Classes Start September 14th

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What you’ll learn

Teach strategies for everyone

Feel confident integrating effective teaching knowledge and strategies in diverse settings. 

Continuously improve

Engage in ongoing professional development.

Support positive change

Apply leadership best practices that support positive change in educational environments.

Find the right answer

Apply concepts of diversity, ethics, and critical thinking to solve problems.

Communicate effectively

Improve learning, productivity, and professional practice with clear communication and effective technology. 

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Personalize your learning

Choose elective credits to customize your program to meet your higher-learning goals.

Professional Development Plan

To help you focus on achieving your goals, you can create a professional development plan in your first course. By the end of the program, you’ll have compiled a professional portfolio that demonstrates your accomplishments and proves your understanding of concepts in higher education. 

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$455 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.


There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

Save 30% off your master's

Apply for our Front Line Heroes Discount to receive 30% off the cost of tuition.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample courses

The master's in higher education, integrative studies curriculum focuses on major theories and strategies to guide decision-making, foster critical reflection, and improve research skills. 

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Survey of Research Methodology

This course is an overview of graduate research methodology. Learners examine fundamental research methodologies and their respective quantitative and qualitative approaches to rigorous scholarly inquiry.

4 quarter credits
ED5012 *
Overview of Higher Education

Learners in this course study the impact of higher education on individuals and society.  Learners also evaluate the history of higher education; examine the structure and scope of higher education institutions; and analyze the role of history, policy, and theory on current and future practices within the field. The course also includes a review of current higher education literature, issues, and trends. Learners continue to develop the Capella e-portfolio and career action plan.  Prerequisite(s): ED5010. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Foundations of Higher Education Assessment and Evaluation

This course guides learners through a planning process for developing and conducting effective learning outcomes assessment in both academic and non-academic settings in higher education. Learners examine the background, context, and practice of assessment and evaluation of student learning. They apply their knowledge to design an assessment plan that can be implemented at the program, course, department, or institutional level to promote improvement and accountability.

4 quarter credits
ED5414 *
Introduction to Integrative Studies

This course provides a critical review of topics and theories that support learners’ professional growth and career development including self-efficacy, motivation, and retention. Learners engage in scholarly inquiry and critical and self-reflection resulting in an individualized program of study that supports professional growth and leadership in a variety of educational settings. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in ED5012. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
The Delivery of Distance Education

In this course, learners gain an understanding of current distance education delivery systems, including print, recorded audio and video, and Internet technologies. Learners also examine the ways delivery technologies inform and constrain design decisions.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

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.

Enrollment counselors

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Move forward in your career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online master's in higher education, integrative studies degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Director of education
  • Program coordinator
  • Education specialist
  • Continuing education coordinator
  • Adjunct or part-time instructor of education courses
  • Distance learning specialist
  • Assessment coordinator
  • Curriculum specialist

Employment settings to explore

  • Government - federal, state, local
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Adult education program
  • For-profit institution
  • Continuing education program

*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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