Our vision is you! Let your passion for higher education improve the lives of others. At A&M-Commerce, we offer one of the nation's largest higher education programs, giving you excellence in education and endless opportunities. Our flexible degree prepares you for a wide-range of careers in academic counseling, college teaching, educational policymaking or nonprofit organizations. You'll examine a broad curriculum that explores how American colleges function in the 21st century. Experience higher education firsthand through internships and field teaching experiences. Learn at one of the leading institutions in Texas.

Where It Is Offered Mesquite, Online
Duration 2 years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours 30 hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required
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SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A master’s DEGREE IN higher education

Focus Your Passion

Earn your master’s degree with an emphasis in higher education administration.

Administration Emphasis (Non-Thesis)

Get ready to create meaningful direction in your career. Our Administration Emphasis introduces you to the field and profession of higher education. Explore the history of higher education and how it benefits communities and societies. Learn how colleges and universities work and lead their students to success. Our program will prepare you for rewarding entry and mid-level administrative careers (financial aid, registrar, housing, academic counseling, budgeting, student affairs, alumni relations and admissions). The program is completely online. Total Credit Hours: 30

College Teaching Emphasis (Non-Thesis)

Our College Teaching Emphasis provides you with the basic requirements for teaching and is designed to prepare you for positions in higher education for which the master's degree is the minimal qualification. The program includes six courses (18 hrs.) in the major (Higher Education) and six courses (18 hrs.) in a teaching field outside the department. You will select this teaching field, with the assistance of their advisers, from the departments on campus that offer graduate coursework in disciplines typically taught in the region’s community colleges. This program is not 100% online. Disciplinary graduate work that you will have to complete is typically offered and delivered in a more traditional format. Total Credit Hours: 36

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what you will learn

A master’s degree in Higher Education will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Learn advanced strategies for educational development at the post-secondary level
  • Understand the challenges students and faculty face to manage the inner workings of colleges and universities
  • Gain knowledge and experience in effective administrative and teaching approaches
  • Receive additional courses in the teaching field to prepare you for the college classroom
  • Discover the fundamentals of organizational theory, leadership, adult education, student affairs and instructional effectiveness
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Jobs in higher education extend far beyond teaching. From admissions and enrollment to student affairs and alumni relations, universities need leaders who are passionate about educational success. Discover what career path interests you.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Postsecondary Teachers
Postsecondary Education Administrators
Education, Guidance and Career Counselors

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Course Delivery and Resources

Our master's degree program in Higher Education is designed for those interested in working in colleges and universities or related agencies. Our goal is to meet the innovative needs of current college instructors and working administrators by offering our program online or face-to-face at the Mesquite Metroplex Center. You'll interact personally with renowned faculty and experts that are committed to helping you reach your educational and career goals.

Graduate Program Cost


Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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Your Path to Becoming a Lion

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Master of Science in Higher Education :: Program Admission Requirements


Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit Application

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Higher Education, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accepts evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Personal Statement

Describe your preparation for graduate work and your academic interests and goals in no more than 500 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Master of Science in Higher Education :: Program Admission Requirements, International

The courses for this program are available only online (no face-to-face courses). This program is not available to international students. 

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