Master’s In Higher Education

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Master’s In Higher Education

The Providence College Master’s in Higher Education Program prepares students to begin professional careers in college or university administration.  Graduates of the program enter positions in advising, career education, admission, student leadership, residential life, international education, student support, athletics, and administration.

I have truly found community among my peers and the faculty in PC’s Higher Education program. The meaningful coursework and field experience has given me the opportunity to develop my values as a higher education practitioner and prepared me to pursue a successful career in academic advising.

Alexis Lavallee ’22

What you’ll study…

The Master’s in Higher Education program consists of 30 credits of coursework and six credits of field experience. Courses are carefully designed to build from theory to practice – with students moving from foundational coursework to more specialized areas as they move through the program. The field experiences provide a capstone that synthesizes theory and practice, and they prepare students to enter the higher education job market. Students who are professionals advancing in their careers through this program may, with approval, substitute additional coursework for internships.

Internship opportunities

Our recent internship experiences have included field placements in areas that include diversity and inclusion, learning support, adult education, personal counseling, and enrollment services. Students complete two internships of 150 hours each, which are intended to complement your coursework and give you practical experience in the field – adding a notch on your resume that makes you more employable.

Selected Courses

  • Foundations of American Higher Education
  • Counseling Theories
  • Culturally Competent Practice in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Law and Policy
  • Career Counseling in Higher Education
  • Independent Study

Graduate Certificate in Sports Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Sports Administration is a flexible, 3-course graduate certificate offered by the Providence College School of Education and Social Work in conjunction with the School of Business.

Students will register for three courses that, once completed, will fulfill the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Sports Administration. Students who successfully complete the certificate may transfer their nine credits to the Master of Education in Higher Education Program. All certificate students interested in the Master’s must apply for admission to the Higher Education Program and will receive an application fee waiver.

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Alumni Placements

Graduates of the program have advanced to careers in higher education at the following institutions:

Amherst College
Arizona State
Assumption University
Boston College
Brown University
Bryant University
College of the Holy Cross
Emmanuel College
Florida State University
Harvard University
Johnson & Wales University
Northeastern University

Providence College
Rhode Island College
Rhode Island School of Design
Siena College
Suffolk University
UNC – Charlotte
University of Connecticut
University of Maryland
University of Memphis
University of Rhode Island
Virginia Commonwealth
Wake Forest University

Contact Information

Kevin O’Connor Ph.D.

Program Director