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M.Ed. in Higher Educational Leadership

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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

TCU Visiting Days Checklist

January 1, 2022 Deadline to apply to the TCU Educational Leadership in Higher Education program
Mid-January, 2022 Notification to Participate in TCU Visiting Days (please note that attendance is by invitation)
February 20-22, 2022 TCU Visiting Days

The Educational Leadership in Higher Education Visiting Days blends opportunities to learn more about Texas Christian University and the Higher Education program with the completion of your assistantship interviews and participate in various experiences to engage and discuss experiences at TCU.

Each candidate will receive a personalized schedule a few days prior to the conference. Each schedule will include time slots for assistantship interviews.

Optional activities will be available to all candidates each day of the conference. These activities will be organized and led by current graduate students. The purpose of the optional activities is to allow candidates to have an informal introduction to the campus, the Division of Student Affairs, and get acquainted with current Educational Leadership in Higher Education students.

Tentative Visiting Days Schedule - In-Person Experience
February 20-22, 2021

Sunday, February 20
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Visiting Days intro – Overview of Graduate program (hybrid with in-person)
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Virtual Social - “Tour” of Fort Worth/Q&A/breakout session with grads and games

Monday, February 21
***All Day: Virtual hangout/social room
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Morning relax room/debrief (optional)
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Interviews 
9:40 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. | What’s the Tea #1 (Financial aid, Insurance, Housing – optional)
11:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch break
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Interviews
2:10 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. | What’s the Tea #2 (What to Do @ TCU – optional)
3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. | What’s the Tea #3 (What to expect as a Graduate Assistant – optional)
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Day 1 Recap
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Painting with a Twist (optional; will send paint supplies)

Tuesday, February 22
***All Day: Virtual hangout/social room
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. | Coffee with the Grads (optional)
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Interviews
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Visiting Days wrap-up & Assistantship rankings
12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. | Optional – Student Development Theory class with Dr. Allen

Tentative Visiting Days Schedule - In-Person Experience
February 20-22, 2021

Date Time Information
2/20/2022 3:00-3:30pm Candidates Arrive
2/20/2022 4:00-5:00pm Info Session/What to Expect
2/20/2022 5:30-7:00pm Kick Off
2/20/2022 7:00pm Dinner/Welcome In-Person Social
2/21/2022 8:00-8:25am Breakfast
2/21/2022 8:30am-4:30pm Interviews
2/21/2022 8:30am-9:30am Campus Tour
2/21/2022 9:40-10:20am What's the Tea Session: Financial Aid, Insurance, Housing
2/21/2022 11:30am-12:45pm Lunch
2/21/2022 1:00-2:00pm Assistantship Office Tour
2/21/2022 2:10-2:50pm What's the Tea Session: What to Do at TCU
2/21/2022 3:00-3:40pm What's the Tea Session: What to Expect as a GA
2/21/2022 4:30-5:00pm Day 1 Recap
2/21/2022 6:30-8:30pm Dinner & Social - Pinstripes
2/22/2022 8:00-11:30am Interviews
2/22/2022 8:00-9:30am Coffee with the Grads
2/22/2022 11:30am-12:00pm Assistantship Final Preference & Closing
2/22/2022 12:30pm

Optional Course Attendance - Theories of Student Development

Steven Dominy
Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment
Kaytriauna Farr
Coordinator of In-Person Recruitment
Cierra Jackson
Coordinator of Virtual Recruitment
  • Foundations (12 credits)
  • Focused coursework (12 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)
  • Internship (6 credits)

Download Program of Study

January 1 – fall admission (early deadline for Graduate Assistantship applicants only)
March 1 – fall admission

The Graduate Assistantship Program provides master and doctoral students with a theory to practice experience complementing the Higher Education Leadership curriculum.

Graduate Assistantships

View NASPA Graduate Program Detail

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. 
Cierra Jackson
“My assistantship has provided me with many opportunities to learn about different areas of Student Affairs. From learning about and working with student organizations to helping students as a Student Success Coach, I’m able to see and work with different functional areas within Student Affairs. I feel very supported by my supervisors and know that they want me to have the best experience possible!” – Cierra Jackson 


Michala Manfredo
 “I love my assistantship because it has allowed me to grow into the young professional I have always wanted to be. I have been challenged to assist in initiatives lead by my department and encouraged by others to gain experiences outside my comfort zone. I am able to work alongside many colleagues, peers, and students all while applying the knowledge I learn in the classroom into my daily tasks.  My assistantship at TCU has greatly prepared me for my future career in higher education.” – Michala Manfredo 


Sophie Khadivi
“One thing I really appreciate about TCU is its focus on relationships first. This mindset is present in the classroom, in my assistantship, and in the people that I have met. I’m grateful for teachers and staff who really model what it means to effectively lead students by establishing strong relationships first, and then guiding them to reach their full potential. This is a model I see at TCU and one I hope to practice in my future career.”  – Sophie Khadivi

G.A.T.E. was created by members of student affairs to provide continuous development and guidance for our Graduate Assistants in partnership with the academic program. G.A.T.E. focuses on a few important aspects of development, including developing your network in professional organizations, preparing for internship and job searches and acclimating to the DFW area. G.A.T.E. will provide some of your first experiences at TCU, and prepare you well for your career prior to graduation. Learn more about the G.A.T.E. program.

Mariana Gonzalez Berrocal“The G.A.T.E. program has guided me through my semester and prepare me for my internship. From creating events to help GAs get to know each other (even during a pandemic), to helping me create connections around campus, to preparing me for the internship application process, G.A.T.E has ensured that I am always a step ahead. I appreciate this program for easing the internship process and making my semester more worry-free.” – Mariana Gonzalez-Berrocal


Warren Martin“Through resume reviews, mentorships, mock interviews, and field trips to learn about Student Affairs operations at other institutions, GATE has helped me explore and expand my understanding of what it means to be a future Higher Education professional and has prepared me to take the next steps towards that goal.”  – Warren Martin



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

Program Advisors

Taryn Ozuna Allen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ashley Tull, Ed.D.
Professor of Professional Practice