The University of Houston Law Center by MC Lewis

The University of Houston (UH) College of Education has recently launched a new online Master’s in Higher Education program that is specifically designed for working professionals working in a college or university setting who are looking to advance their careers. University faculty felt compelled to create this program in an effort to help close the impending “leadership gap” as many baby-boom-era higher education leaders prepare for retirement.

“There is a pressing need for efforts that help close the leadership gap,” said Lyle McKinney, assistant professor of higher education in the College of Education. “We must ensure the next generation of college and university leaders have a deep understanding of the big issues impacting higher education. Graduates from this program will be well-prepared to assume key leadership roles on their campus.”

About the Online Master’s in Higher Education Program

The online master’s program is akin to the traditional face-to-face master’s degree and is structured to enable part-time students to complete the 36-hour program in two years. The degree is built around six themes:

  • Urban Perspectives
  • Education for All People and for All Places
  • Student Experience and Opportunity
  • Policy and Planning
  • Collaboration and Community
  • Proven Experience and Leadership

The program courses will be taught entirely online. And graduates of this program will be prepared for positions such as vice presidents of student and academic affairs, directors of admission, chief advancement officers and leaders in nonprofit organizations.

“The online master’s is particularly well-suited for those professionals who are working full time at community colleges or four-year institutions and aspire to leadership positions that will soon be vacated by retiring senior administrators,” said McKinney. “This is especially true for professionals who want a graduate degree in higher education, but are unable to physically visit the UH campus several times each week because of where they live or because of existing family commitments.”

The program begins in fall 2011, and the deadline to apply for admission is June 30. Contact Catherine Horn, associate professor and program coordinator, at [email protected] or Kimberly Zainfeld, academic adviser, at [email protected] or call 713-743-9830.

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston was established in 1927 and is the flagship institution of the University of Houston System. UH is the third-largest university in Texas, with an enrollment of more than 38,500 students. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and minors and nearly 200 graduate degree programs on-campus and online, including some that rank among the nation’s best. UH awards more than 7,000 degrees annually and has more than 250,000 alumni. The university sits on a scenic 667-acre campus in southeast Houston.

In addition, UH was recently selected as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review and was also among the nation’s top 50 public research universities, according to the Top American Research University Report in 2009. The University of Houston is also the largest and only doctoral degree-granting university in the UH System, which also includes UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown, UH-Victoria, UH System at Sugar Land and UH System at Cinco Ranch. The UH System is governed by a 10-member Board of Regents.

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