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. View Plan of Study | View Program Brochure

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 master’s 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 three letters of recommendation (including at least one faculty person with first hand knowledge of your academic work)
  • Provide a resume
  • OPTIONAL GRE for 2020-2021 admissions. Typically official GRE scores are required for those who do not have a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of their bachelor’s degree. The GRE is optional for all other applicants.
  • 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, including:

View the Graduate Assistantship Guide

View NASPA Graduate Program Detail

Program Webinar #1 with students, faculty and staff

Program Webinar #2 with students and staff

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.


“My assistantship has provided me with the ability to apply what we are learning in classes to a real life setting. The knowledge I have gained about the field of higher education from my assistantship is invaluable.

-Sarah Bauer



“My assistantship has helped me gain the confidence and knowledge to create an engaging and inclusion experience for the communities I work with in the future. I am thankful for this opportunity to continue my education at TCU!”

-Christopher Schufford



“While in the Higher Education program, I have gained knowledge and insight into what it means to be an effective professional. My assistantship in the Office of Quality Enhancement has given me the critical thinking skills necessary to make informed decisions as a future Higher Education administrator. My favorite part of my assistantship is seeing, firsthand, how the data my office collects is used to help TCU and the Division of Student Affairs make decisions.”

-Cindy Nyguen



Graduate Assistant Transition Experience (G.A.T.E.)

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

“The G.A.T.E. program has helped me connect with the other Graduate Assistants in various departments. It has also helped me gain better professional skills in areas I did not know I needed. One G.A.T.E. session we had was about finances and I learned about how to save money and how I should incorporate these skills into my life.”

-Stanley Thomas

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 Director: Dr. Don Mills
Program Advisor: Dr. Taryn Allen
Coordinator for Graduate Recruitment: Stephen Dominy