Greetings from Texas Christian University! We are delighted that you are interested in TCU as a place to build a foundation for your career in higher education. We offer both a stimulating academic experience with a hands-on assistantship that will prepare you for your next step in your professional journey.

Our institution is committed to a rigorous examination of ideas and practices while maintaining a specific commitment to each individual. We seek to provide as many different academic and experiential opportunities as possible so the options for our Graduate Assistants are as broad as possible.

The university itself is small allowing you to have a personal relationship with each of the faculty in the Higher Education program, but TCU is also large enough to have the programs and services generally associated with a larger institution.

We think TCU is a special place. Consider joining us for your higher education journey!

Dr. Don Mills
Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership

Frequently asked questions about a Master’s of Education in Higher Education Leadership

What is the Master’s Degree in Higher Educational Leadership?

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Program is designed to prepare students for administrative roles in a variety of higher education settings, especially Student Affairs. The program provides an academic experience constructed to improve the practice and understanding of those engaged in Student Affairs and other administrative functions in a variety of higher education settings.

Who is the typical Higher Education student at TCU?

There is no “typical” student. Our students come from a variety of educational backgrounds, majors, and programs. It is common to be in a class with students who majored in the social sciences, business, communication or psychology as well as education. This diversity of programs and backgrounds assures that classroom discussions are lively and all students are learning from each other as well as from the more traditional means of academic assignments. The Higher Education student is a committed student aiming to become a productive Student Affairs professional.

In addition to coursework, what are the program requirements?

Each student will complete an assessment at the end of the first year of study. This assessment is designed to provide timely and constructive feedback to students pursuing the M.Ed. in the Educational Leadership Higher Education program. During the final semester of the student’s program, the students complete a M.Ed. Portfolio Assessment/ Culminating Project. The purpose of the M.Ed. Portfolio Assessment/Culminating Project is to provide students on the cusp of completing the M.Ed. a platform to present their work and to reflect on their development as an educational leader over the course of the program. Additional information is in the Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership Policies and Procedures handbook.

What will my degree prepare me to do?

Most graduates obtain positions in Student Affairs at institutions across the country. Some choose higher education positions that are not in Student Affairs. Many students intend to continue their academic work in doctoral programs. The TCU Educational Leadership Higher Education program certainly will prepare you for doctoral studies. The program requires considerable writing and research which are core elements of a doctoral program. Students take a minimum of three Inquiry/Research courses and writing is stressed in all classes. Students are exposed to a wide range of ideas and opportunities that will prepares them well for doctoral studies.

What are the costs for the students?

Students who receive assistantships receive a tuition grant that covers up to 18 semester hours annually. Additionally, graduate assistants receive a stipend. The value of the stipend will vary but has an approximate value of $10,000 to $15,000. Some assistantships include room and board and so the cash stipend is adjusted. Students who do not receive an assistantship are also eligible for significant financial assistance that may cover 50% of tuition costs. Students are responsible for all other living expenses.

Program Information

Important Dates

  • College of Education Visit Day February 4, 2017
  • Southern Placement Exchange February 9-11, 2017
  • Oshkosh Placement Exchange February 23-25, 2017