Master of Science in Higher Education

Prepare to move your education career forward.

Position yourself to be an education leader with an online master's degree in Higher Education that's designed around recognized professional standards. You'll focus your studies on building skills that align with your career goals. Graduates of this program will be prepared to take on a variety of faculty or administrative roles within Higher Education institutions, continuing education programs, nonprofits, or research and policy organizations.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Master of Science (MS) in Higher Education specializations

  • Adult Education1
  • Higher Education Leadership and Administration1
  • Integrative Studies1

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's Enrollment Management specialization is endorsed by Noel-Levitz, a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in higher education recruitment and retention
  • Through an exclusive partnership with Noel-Levitz, Capella's Enrollment Management specialization is the only online offering that leads to both a master's degree and a professional certificate in Enrollment Management.
  • Capella's School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE-accredited programs are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for the preparation of P-12 teachers and other professional school personnel. Graduates of these programs are highly regarded by many school districts, licensing authorities, and teaching professionals.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Lead and collaborate globally and with culturally diverse stakeholders.
  2. Apply foundational knowledge of higher education systems, theory, and processes to address professional challenges and change.
  3. Apply critical thinking to provide data-driven solutions to higher education challenges and opportunities.
  4. Apply technology to enhance practices and create innovative solutions.
  5. Integrate principles of ethical decision-making into professional practices.
  6. Engage in reflective practice that leads to continuous growth and improvement.
  7. Employ effective communication skills.
  8. Apply relevant research to improve one's professional practice.

1This specialization is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

School of Education Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Education masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Master's degree graduates from Capella's School of Education report satisfaction with their tasks and responsibilities and with salary and benefits. Two thirds of the respondents work in education - 39% in higher education and 31% in P-12 education.

Satisfaction with Capella Eduation Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Many of our School of Education master's degree alumni report advancing in their careers or receiving a salary increase. They also indicate they have assumed a leadership role or received a promotion.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Education Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

School of Education Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Education masters programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Most graduates of the School of Education master's degree programs report that earning a master's degree has helped them meet program and career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to friends and family.

Satisfaction with Capella Eduation Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

School of Education master's degree graduates say that they gained valuable skills and abilities which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Education Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

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Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The DOE has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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Alumni Success Story Quote

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"When I started my master's program, all of a sudden everything was completely tailored to what I needed in my classroom and what I should be doing with my students."

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