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Position yourself to be an education leader with an online master's degree in Higher Education that's designed around recognized professional standards. You'll focus your studies on building skills that align with your career goals. Graduates of this program will be prepared to take on a variety of faculty or administrative roles within Higher Education institutions, continuing education programs, nonprofits, or research and policy organizations.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for each of the Master of Science in Higher Education specializations. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they've learned.

Master of Science (MS) in Higher Education specializations

Adult Education Specialization

The master's Adult Education specialization is designed to enhance learners' qualifications in adult education and college teaching. The curriculum emphasizes reflective practice within adult education settings and integration of current theory with best practices in adult learning and teaching. Learners focus on the learning styles of individuals from various backgrounds, collaborative learning, and program development for the adult learner. Learners who successfully complete this specialization are prepared to pursue careers as educators in community college, distance education, college, university, corporate, or other adult education settings.

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Science in Higher Ed Adult Education

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Adapt strategies and methods to address the characteristics of adult learners.

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Advance the practice of learning and teaching within the field of adult education.

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Apply adult education principles and theories to instruction, program development, and enhancement of learning.

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Apply reflective strategies that lead to improved personal and professional practice.

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Evaluate how globalization and diversity influence educational outcomes.

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Influence the vision and direction of adult education.

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Integrate effective communication and ethical practices that support professional adult learning principles and expectations.

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - MS in Higher Education Outcomes

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 — Q1 2018 capstone courses.

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Higher Education Leadership and Administration Specialization

The master's Higher Education Leadership and Administration specialization integrates current, recognized theory and best practices with practical application. Learners may choose from two emphases: Higher Education Program Administration or Community College Leadership. Learners engage in a curriculum that emphasizes history, politics and public policy, law and governance, finance and development, and program administration. Successful graduates of this specialization are prepared to pursue leadership positions at community colleges; universities; or other public, private, or for-profit postsecondary educational institutions.

2017 - 2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership and Administration

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Apply professional practices that support diversity, equity and ethical decision making for academic excellence.

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Apply relevant higher education theory and research to personal leadership skills and practice.

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Apply technology to implement data driven decisions.

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Communicate and collaborate effectively as a leader in higher education.

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Manage change in higher education organizations.

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Manage resources of higher education organizations.

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - MS in Higher Education Outcomes

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 — Q1 2018 capstone courses.

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Integrative Studies Specialization

The master's Integrative Studies specialization is designed for mid-career professionals and leaders within a variety of settings including adult and higher education, alternative educational programs, allied health care, military, and for-profit and non-profit organizations. This program does not lead to licensure but is intended for those who desire to customize a program of study that fits the unique needs of a diverse group of professionals in changing educational environments. Learners will demonstrate an understanding of the competencies of this specialization through a portfolio-creation process.

2017 - 2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Science in Higher Ed Integrative Studies

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

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Apply leadership best practices based on research driven strategies that support change in educational environments.

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Employ effective communication skills and technology tools to improve learning, productivity, and professional practice.

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Engage in ongoing professional development.

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Integrate effective teaching and learning knowledge and strategies in diverse professional settings and disciplines.

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - MS in Higher Education Outcomes

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 — Q1 2018 capstone courses.

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Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella has over 600 partnerships with highly recognized organizations from around the U.S.
  • 88% of Capella faculty hold doctorates

1This specialization is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Master of Science in Higher Education Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Master of Science in Higher Education programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Career Preparation
MS in Higher Education Graduates  

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Career Preparation
MS in Higher Education Graduates 

 The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 73%

 My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 82%

 Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 82%

 

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career & Professional Accomplishments
MS in Higher Education Graduates 

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Career and Professional Accomplishments
MS in Higher Education Graduates 

 Made a significant contribution to my profession: 42%

 Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 21%

 Assumed leadership responsibilities: 46%

 Received a salary increase: 50%

 Received a promotion: 63%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.

Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Master of Science in Higher Education Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Master of Science in Higher Education programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction With Capella
MS in Higher Education Graduates 

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Satisfaction with Capella
MS in Higher Education Graduates 

 I have or intend to recommend Capella: 73%

 I am satisfied with my Capella education: 85%

 Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree: 80%

 

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities
MS in Higher Education Graduates 

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Skills & Abilities
MS in Higher Education Graduates 

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 75%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 75%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 88%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 63%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 75%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 88%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 75%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 75%

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 88%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 71%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 75%

 

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q2 2018.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6), provide some information about completion, expenses, and occupations. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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Talonda Thomas, MS

2009 Graduate

School of Education

Specialization in Professional Studies in Education