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M.Ed. in Higher Education

The Master of Education in Higher Education is a 36-hour, non-thesis degree program that is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the skills necessary to lead on a college or university campus and support the implementation of the institution’s mission and vision.

Students choose from either the Administration Track or an Instructional Track. The Administration Track has a 24-hour core curriculum plus a 12-hour concentration in one of the following: Community College Leadership, Distance Learning Specialization, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, or Student Affairs.

The Instructional Track has an 18-hour core curriculum, along with an 18-hour Instructional Field Concentration. This degree is for professionals who wish to obtain a master’s degree to teach at the undergraduate level. The Instructional Track is designed to help leaders gain both the content knowledge and the credentials they need for teaching or advising college students.

More than an Education

Course Convenience: Online Courses, Hybrid Courses (Classroom and Online), Evening and Weekend Courses. Explore the option to earn your M.Ed. in Higher Education completely online!

Graduates in the M.Ed. in Higher Education program stand out as leaders among their peers in a variety of positions within post-secondary institutions. Drawing on their Christ-centered, inter-disciplinary foundation, they are exceptionally trained to make a significant contribution in fields ranging from administration, student personnel work, university development/advancement, or teaching on the college level.

Marked by Service

Passionate, principled leaders are needed at the forefront of contemporary challenges in higher education. A biblical and values-driven approach to leadership means you will follow your passion to impact others, while maintaining your integrity and enriching your leadership skills. The exploration of faith and learning in a Christ-centered academic environment will equip you to make a lasting impact on students and colleagues.

Tish Hearne
"Do you sense the Lord leading you to pursue this degree? If so, apply now to secure your spot for the upcoming semester. "

- Tish Hearne, Program Director
214-333-5896 | tish@dbu.edu


Our classes are led by scholar-practitioners who have years of professional experience in the field.

Dr. Rodney Garrett
Professor of Higher Education

  • Professor of Higher Education, Dallas Baptist University
  • Ph.D. in Higher Education, University of North Texas
  • Chaired and served on numerous dissertation committees
  • Life Member of Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, Publications Committee Chair

Dr. Mark Hale
Associate Professor of Higher Education

  • Assistant Provost / Associate Professor of Higher Education, Dallas Baptist University
  • Research Focus: Mentoring, Student Engagement, Student Retention, Faculty Development/Teaching Techniques
  • Regular presenter at faculty professional development workshops

Dr. Jay Harley
Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Vice President for Student Affairs, Dallas Baptist University
  • Founder, DBU Bonhoeffer Study Program in Europe and DBU Summer Israel Institute
  • Research Focus: Understanding the motivations and barriers to the undergraduate study abroad experience
  • Presented at the Texas Higher Education Law Conference at UNT in 2015, and in 2017 on the Legal Issues Related to Study Abroad, and in 2018 on the Intersection of Counseling Services and Student Affairs

Dr. Sena Baker
Adjunct Professor

  • Adjunct Professor, Higher Education Administration
  • Former Director of M.Ed. in Higher Education, Dallas Baptist University
  • Research Focus/Areas of Interest: Retention, Persistence, and Integration; Academic Advising; Teaching and Learning
  • Freelance APA editor and research consultant

Graduates of the Master of Education in Higher Education program have gone on to become Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, Marketing Specialists, Career Advisors, Professors, and so much more. Join them in a future of excellence by pairing your M.Ed. in Higher Education with another master's degree or an advanced certificate.

Admission Requirements for the M.Ed. in Higher Education
  • Satisfactory scores on the verbal and quantitative or analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • DBU students or alumni who are applying one year prior to or after graduation from their undergraduate program may be eligible for the Fast Track Admission Process.
  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • or GPA of 3.5 or higher over last 60 hours of undergraduate program

The admission requirements listed above are specific to this degree program and are supplemental to the Graduate School’s requirements for Full Admission. Admission to one graduate program does not guarantee admission to another. Applicants who show potential for graduate study, but do not meet the criteria for Full Admission, may be admitted for up to 12 hours under provisional status. Students admitted under Provisional Admission will be granted Full Admission upon successful completion of 12 credit hours and fulfillment of the conditions of their admission as determined by the Master’s Degrees Admission Committee.

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