Higher Education Administration: Institutional Research & Policy Analysis – M.S.Ed.

Educational and Psychological Studies

Higher Education Administration: Institutional Research & Policy Analysis

M.S.Ed.

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2017 - Scholarships or Graduate Assistantships Available

Designed to produce highly effective administrators and leaders, the Higher Education Administration Program is based in enrollment management, the only program of its kind in the nation. Enrollment management is an institution-wide approach that uses theory, research and teamwork to recruit and retain students and support their academic success, psychological development and personal well-being.

The 33-credit Institutional Research and Policy Analysis (HEIR) track focuses on skills necessary to conduct applied research related to the effective functioning of postsecondary institutions. Practitioners in the field of institutional research work in various capacities at the institution. Areas of study extend beyond integrating research into effective administrative or policy initiatives to include understanding state and federal policies, higher education foundations, statistics, and data analytics. A hands-on practicum in institutional research completes the experience.

Students enrolled in the track will develop the conceptual and practical skills required to conduct institutional research in and/or policy analysis related to postsecondary institutions. They will be prepared for a variety of professional positions within postsecondary institutions including research and/or policy appointments within higher education program or centers, in institutional research offices, in federal and/or state agencies, or higher education associations. Upon the completion of this practice-based program, students will have the technical and practical competence and knowledge of postsecondary institutions that will position them for careers in the field of institutional research and policy analysis.


Required Coursework

The Higher Education Administration Program, which offers a Master of Science in Education with concentrations in Enrollment Management, Student Life and Development, or Institutional Research and Policy Analysis, is designed to produce skilled and versatile higher education administrators who understand all aspects of their professional environment.

Our graduates enter a variety of roles in college and university administration with the ability to consider today’s challenges from a broad-based, highly informed perspective.

Also offered is a Certificate Program for working professionals who already have Master’s degrees and seek career-furthering credentials and skills.

The Institutional Research and Policy Analysis concentration (33 credits) focuses on skills necessary to conduct applied research related to the effective functioning of postsecondary institutions. Areas of study extend beyond integrating research into effective administrative or policy initiatives to include understanding state and federal policies, higher education foundations, statistics, and data analytics.


EPS 737 Organization and Administration of Higher Education I
EPS 744 Student Diversity in American Higher Education
EPS 748 Enrollment Management: Theory and Practice
EPS 764 Workshop in Education
EPS 700 Quantitative Methods I
EPS 702 Quantitative Methods II
EPS 703 Applied Multivariate Statistics
EPS 704 Computer Applications in Educational and Behavioral Science Research
EPS 705 Measurement and Psychometric Theory
EPS 706 Categorical Data Analysis
EPS 707 Item Response Theory
EPS 708 An Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling for Multivariable Data
EPS 709 Introduction to Multilevel Modeling
EPS 710 Meta-analytic Methods for Research Synthesis.
EPS 745 Organization of Higher Education II: Governance, Leadership and Finance
EPS 746 College Student Development: Theory, Research and Practice
EPS 747 Critical Issues in Student Affairs
EPS 749 Advanced Seminar in Enrollment Management
EPS 751 Seminar in Higher Education Administration: Contemporary Issues
EPS 764 Workshop in Education
EPS 765 Workshop in Education
EPS 766 Workshop in Education
EPS 712 Field Experience in Educational Research

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Program Director

Carol - Anne Phekoo

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies; Program Director, Higher Education Program

305-284-5013


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