Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership

Fall 2024 Application Deadline, 4/19/24

The Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education Leadership prepares students for mid-career higher education leadership positions. Also, this degree prepares students interested in enrolling in an Ed.D. or Ph.D. Higher Education program.

Information Session

Please join us for program information and application details for the Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership Program at CSUN.

Register here:

Info Session #1:Tuesday, 2/6/24 @ 6pm

Info Session #2: Wednesday 3/13/24 @ 5pm

Info Session #3: Tuesday 4/2/24 @ 4pm


General Program and Admissions Information

Masters in Higher Education Information

Please view this material for more details on the Higher Education Master’s in Higher Education Leadership Fall 2024 program and admissions information


Overview and Outcomes   

Specifically, the program is intended to facilitate learning by supporting students who are committed to:

  1. Facilitating the development, articulation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the higher education community.
  2. Advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a campus environment conducive to student learning and professional growth.
  3. Ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective campus environment.
  4. Engaging with community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  5. Modeling a personal code of ethics and developing professional leadership capacity.
  6. Understanding, responding to and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.


Courses Requirements and Sequence

The program requires 33 units of coursework to be completed over four semesters. The courses include:

ELPS 600HEResearch Design in Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 601HEAmerican Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 650HEContemporary Administrative Leadership (3)
ELPS 656HEDiversity and Student Success in Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 663HEHigher Education Policy and Law (3)
ELPS 667HEOrganization and Administration of Community College Education (3)
ELPS 673HELeadership for Managing Reform in Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 674HEHigher Education Operations: Finance and Human Resources in Higher Education (3)
ELPS 688HEFieldwork in Higher Education (3)
ELPS 690HEResearch Analysis in Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 697HEDirected Comprehensive Studies (3)

The course sequence over the program of study can be seen below.

Year 1Year 2


Fall 2024 Application Deadline, 4/19/24

The Application Process

There are two phases to the application process: 1) Selection to the Program and 2) Admission to the University. All applicants will submit materials for selection; some applicants may be required to participate in an additional interview. Accepted applicants must confirm their place in the cohort through application to the University.

Phase 1: Selection

Only completed applications will be accepted. Departmental Applications will need to be submitted here:

Supporting Documents Include:

  • Unofficial transcripts from all four-year universities or colleges
  • Statement of purpose, not to exceed 2 double-spaced pages
  • Critical response, not to exceed 1 double-spaced page
  • Professional resume or CV, not to exceed 2 pages
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least 1 letter should be from someone who can speak to your academic experiences.

Phase 2: Admission

If accepted to the program, applicants must apply to the University (online at Cal State Apply) in order to reserve their place.

Do I have to take the GRE?

No, there is no longer a GRE requirement for admissions to this program.

Does my undergraduate degree need to be related to education?

No, there is no requirement that your B.A. or B.S. is related to education. We accept students from all disciplines.

Do I need prior experience working in higher education?

No, prior employment or voluntary experience within higher education is not required.

Are there scholarships?

Yes, we have CSUN and Michael D. Eisner College of Education scholarships available for graduate students, more information here: and here:

Is this program designed for working adults?

Yes, the program is designed for full-time and part-time working adults, all faculty are aware of the demands of student’s professional and personal lives, especially during pandemic learning.

Is there graduate and family housing?

Yes, CSUN has student housing and residential life for graduate students and for students with dependents, children, a spouse, or partner.  More information here:   

What can I do with a Master’s in Higher Education Leadership degree?

There are many positions you can pursue within higher education and beyond with this degree.  Many of our graduates are in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs at public and private universities, community colleges, and non-profit organizations.  Our graduates typically hold early-career, mid-career, or advanced-career positions.  Other students use this degree to pursue a doctorate in Education or a related field.