Girard School of Business

Program Components

Core Courses

The core of our program emphasizes social justice and the multifaceted and critical role that postsecondary institutions play in a democratic, pluralistic, and complex society. Required courses for all students are as follows:

  • ED 640G - Diversity and Social Justice
  • ED 630G - Higher Education in American Society
  • GRAD 590 - Capstone

Areas of Concentration and Electives 

Below is a sample of courses that students can select toward a concentration.  Students will meet regularly with an academic advisor to determine the courses that match with individual personal and professional goals.

  • Student Development
  • Counseling and Advising
  • The College Student Experience
  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Organizational Theory and Practice in Higher Education
  • University-Community Relations 

Students in the Fellowship program work 25 hours a week (average) in their assigned fellowship setting. Fellows also meet regularly in a seminar with an experienced practitioner to reflect upon the experience and document skill and competency development. Fellows will receive 4 credits for their Fellowship and seminar (2 credits each semester), and will select one additional elective to complete their program.

Students who are not participating in the Fellowship program will select two (2) additional electives to complete their program.

Traditional students (part-time or full-time) who do not currently work in a higher education setting are required to participate in an Assistantship for 10-12 hours per week and accompanying seminar and will receive 2 credits per semester for this work. The Assistantship provides students with hands-on experience that directly relates to their academics and may serve as the platform for the capstone.


All students will complete a capstone experience – an original research project designed in partnership with a relevant campus office or service. Your capstone can be practice- or policy-focused. Each student will choose an area of interest related to their career goals, and focused on creating change in Higher Education. The capstone course is the culminating experience of the master’s program.

Program Sequence

To help students plan their courses in the Higher Education program, below is a chart of expected offerings of required courses and electives.  A minimum of ten (10) students is required for a course to be offered.  Required courses are designated with an asterisk (*).

ED 620G - College Student Retention and Success       x
ED 630G - Higher Education in American Society *   x    
ED 640G - Diversity and Social Justice * x x x  
ED 667G - University-Community Relations x      
ED 676G - College Teaching and Learning       x
ED 683G - Gender in Education       x
GRAD 590 - Capstone *       x
HED 505G - College Student Development & Theory     x x
HED 546G - Leadership Theory and Practice in Higher Education       x
HED 555G - College Counseling & Advising     x  
HED 583G - Civic Engagement in Higher Education     x  
HED 585G - Higher Education Policy and Practice in Ireland       x
HED 560G - Fellowship/Assistantship     x  x
ED 580G - Directed Study     x x

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