Become a leader in education outside the classroom, promoting equity and accessibility in the college experience


Loyola's master's degree in higher education is a rare combination: you can study both student affairs and the business of higher education, rather than specializing in one or the other. Combining these two areas means you'll be better able to serve and support college students.


Our commitment to you


Upon graduation with an MEd in higher education from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to work in college/university student affairs (e.g., admissions, enrollment, diversity and inclusion) or lead educational community based-organizations that develop curriculum.




You'll explore the fundamental importance of power, identity, intersectionality, advocacy, and activism in higher education.





You'll be well-versed in topics applicable to creating policies and procedures to advances student life and experience in higher education, including: social justice and education, critical theory and pedagogy, contexts of activism in education, identity formation, student development, agency, multiracial students’ experiences in education, undocumented students’ experiences in education, African American and Latinx experiences in education, academic labor, international higher education, democracy and education, and community college issues.


Professional Values


Graduates of Loyola's higher education program are committed to advancing social justice through education. You'll become a scholar-practitioner who is an agent of change on your campus.




Completion of the MEd in higher education requires 36 semester hours, an internship, and a final capstone project. The degree is structured in a supportive cohort model, and classes take place on campus at Loyola's downtown Water Tower Campus.


Program Length


Full-time students can complete the program in two years, while part-time students can finish their degree in three years.

Summer courses are optional, and students have the opportunity to take courses during a two-week summer study abroad program in Rome, Italy.


Degree Requirements


Curriculum Core Courses

  • ELPS 425: Student Affairs Profession (Foundations of Student Affairs)
  • ELPS 427: American Higher Education
  • ELPS 432: Multiculturalism for Social Justice
  • RMTD 400: Research Methods
  • ELPS 433: Student Development Theory
  • ELPS 431: Evaluation in Higher Education
  • ELPS 454: Budget & Finance in Higher Education
  • ELPS 430: Curriculum & Pedagogy in Higher Education
  • ELPS 459: Organization and Governance

Application Deadlines


Fall 2020 Cohort: June 28, 2020

The MEd in higher education has rolling admissions. Applicants are notified of their admission status shortly after submitting their application.


Tuition and Financial Aid


The School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.