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University of Houston launches online master's program in higher education

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The University of Houston's College of Education recently introduced a new online master's degree in Higher Education, designed to meet the needs of working professionals who are seeking career advancement--all courses in the program are taught completely online.

"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," Lyle McKinney, assistant professor of higher education in the University of Houston's College of Education, said in a statement. "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 online master's degree in higher education is structured around the following six key 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 aim is to prepare program graduates for positions, such as vice president of student or academic affairs, director of admissions, chief advancement officer, or leadership roles in non-profit organizations.

Just like the traditional master's degree program, the online master's program is structured to allow part-time students to complete the 36-hour program within two years. The program begins in the fall of 2011, and the deadline to apply for admission is June 30, 2011.

"There is a pressing need for efforts that help close the leadership gap," McKinney said. "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."

The University of Houston, founded in 1927, is the third largest university in Texas, serving more than 38,500 students each year with almost 300 undergraduate and graduate programs.

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