Master of Educational Leadership in Higher Education


The master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership is designed to prepare students for a broad array of entry level and mid-management positions in higher education. Graduates will be prepared to work closely with students in their growth and development in a variety of settings. Graduates will learn the tools to manage existing programs and to develop new programs in response to changing environments. Students will:

  • Work with an advisor to tailor a degree program that reflects their academic interests and career aspirations
  • Select from an array of classes in the college to help prepare for a career in higher education
  • Participate in an annual progress conversation with faculty to assure that objectives are being met


To be admitted to the doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership, a student must:

  • Apply to TCU Graduate School
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Provide an acceptable GRE score from the past five years
  • Provide three letters of recommendation
  • Provide a resume
  • Submit a written statement including reasons for student’s interest in the program and their professional goals
  • International students must meet TCU International Admission requirements

Program of Study

  • Foundations (12 credits)
  • Focused coursework (12 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)
  • Internship (6 credits)

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Graduate Assistantship

The Graduate Assistantship Program provides master and doctoral students with a theory to practice experience complementing the Higher Education Leadership curriculum. Graduate Assistantships are in a variety of offices, such as Fraternity and Sorority Life, John V. Roach Honors College, Housing and Residence Life, Institutional Effectiveness, Center for Career and Professional Development, and many others.

TCU enhances the Graduate Assistant’s practical experiences through collaboration with other offices, which foster skill sets in many functional areas. Graduate Assistants are encouraged to participate in departmental, divisional and University committees, and are provided with many development opportunities fostering growth and learning. In the program, students can expect:

  • Opportunities for student development and creation of programs specifically meeting student needs.
  • To have the ability to work with University practitioners, specifically trained in functional areas to provide student support and services.
  • Supervisors to spend time getting to know Graduate Assistants, their needs and develop development plans to meet those needs.

ben-moss“TCU was an excellent option for graduate school because of its academic excellence, committed faculty, and readily available financial aid. The program is a perfect bridge because it gives me the opportunity to learn from and build relationship with some of the best and most experienced education faculty in Texas.”

-Ben Moss


katie-beaulieu“I have had assistantships both in Institutional Effectiveness within Academic Affairs and Student Development Services within Student Affairs. Both have been extremely beneficial to me learning as a professional and as a doctoral student. Every day I see how the phenomena in organizational development, issues affecting diverse student populations and challenges in shared university governance that we discuss in our coursework, impact our work on campus. In addition to the learning, I have also appreciated how supportive my assistantship supervisors and colleagues have been as I pursue my studies. They are genuinely interested in what I’m learning in the classroom and how that can be applied to our work as higher education professionals.”

-Katie Beaulieu

Get Involved

Program participants are invited to membership in the Higher Education Leadership Organization, a student organization offering guest speakers, interview preparation and networking.

Program Directors
Dr. Don Mills and Dr. Cornell Thomas