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Integrative Studies Specialization Master of Science in Higher Education

School of 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

Reduce Your Tuition by $3,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $3K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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Classes Start April 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

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. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. 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
$440 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.

Federal Work Study

Part-time jobs sponsored by the U.S. government are available to help you reduce loan debt.

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. 

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED5012 Overview of Higher Education
ED5804 The Delivery of Distance Education
ED5016 Foundations of Higher Education Assessment and Evaluation

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

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They're here to help find a program fit and set up for success.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Writing Support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

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*

  • Adjunct or part-time instructor of education courses
  • Continuing education coordinator
  • Corporate mid-level manager
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Director of education
  • Distance learning specialist
  • Education specialist
  • Grant writer
  • Program coordinator

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Adult education program
  • Community college
  • Continuing education program
  • Corporation
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military education
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Vocational school

*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.

Other Programs to Explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals. 

Ready for the Next Step?

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