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 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
  • 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.

View the Graduate Assistantship Guide

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.

View a video of faculty, student, and supervisors talk about the program

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“Within my assistantship, I am working with two communities that I didn’t know much about at all (Greek Life and Transfer Students). I feel that acquiring this knowledge will help me greatly when applying for jobs. I am so thankful to have the variety of experiences that TCU has given me.”

-Kelsey Graham

“My assistantship has challenged me to think critically about the field of higher education and the issues we will face when we enter the field.”

-Kyle Dupper


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