MSEd Student Handbook
The Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA) at Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs seeks to educate leaders and managers who are well-equipped to take on the challenges of the unique world of higher education. Whether you are currently in the field, or looking to change careers, the program offers the framework needed to succeed in today’s ever-changing higher education domain. Graduates pursue careers as executives, directors, coordinators, analysts, and student support staff on college campuses and in the related public and nonprofit organizations.
The Marxe Higher Education Program aspires not only to produce the talented administrators and staff who will effectively chart the futures of institutions of higher education, but also to produce leaders who will help develop educational systems and policies that promote equity in access to higher education as well as the ensure the inclusivity of the institution where they work so all students have the opportunity to succeed. Values of access, equity, excellence, diversity, and transparency inform our programs and the work of our graduates as well.
The HEA Program’s location within Baruch’s Marxe School and CUNY as well as being in the heart of New York City make it an unparalleled opportunity for students interested in graduate study in higher education leadership. Program offerings expose students not only to the more focused world of higher education administration, but also to the broader and more comprehensive worlds of public and international affairs, and to the richness and complexity of the City University of New York. Students are encouraged to study with faculty throughout the Marxe School, Baruch, and the City University of New York.
The MSEd is a 36-credit (12 courses) degree program that includes 8 required courses and 4 elective courses. Students without one year of full-time work experience in higher education are also required to complete an additional 3-credit internship for a total of 39 credits.
The Core courses are designed to introduce higher education students to the knowledge and skills necessary for having a broad understanding of the field of higher education. The required Capstone is the program’s culminating class where students demonstrate that they have achieved program and personal learning goals. Elective courses provide students with the opportunity to delve more deeply into a particular area of interest such as student success and institutional research or further their professional development in selected areas of interest. Electives can be selected from those offered by the Program that are higher education specific or relevant courses offered in the Marxe School, Baruch or CUNY.
*HEA students may take courses in the MPA and MIA programs for elective credit with their Advisor’s prior approval. MPA and MIA courses listed under Model Programs are already approved.
Course descriptions can be found in the Baruch College Graduate Bulletin.
The MSEd is offered on a full- and part-time basis. All required core classes and electives are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. Smaller numbers of courses are offered during a January Winter term, and two Summer terms. It is possible for a full-time student to complete the Program in 1½ calendar years, by taking advantage of both Winter and Summer offerings. Most students, however, attend part-time and typically complete the program in two to three calendar years. Students taking 9-credits are considered full-time.
Teaching and learning in the MPA program take place in a variety of formats and follow a variety of schedules. Courses are offered at times and in formats that are responsive to the needs of students who are often juggling courses, job, and personal obligations, and they are offered in traditional and technology-assisted formats. Traditional, in-person courses typically meet once a week, in the early evening, for three-hour sessions; hybrid courses consist of in-person meetings every other week, with online or individual work taking place at other times; and many courses are offered online, either synchronously or asynchronously. Baruch MSEd students can expect to experience each of these different course formats.
To assist students in planning their course of study, they are required to develop a Program Plan with their advisor, before the end of their first year of enrollment, and to update that plan – as needed – throughout their enrollment.
The Program in Higher Education Administration has established a set of program learning goals that all Program graduates are expected to achieve.
The HEA Program is dedicated to the overarching value of transparency in higher education. Toward that end, we not only teach about accountability, but we also embed accountability into the fabric of our program. The following set of program learning goals not only serve to guide students through the Program, but also serve as the benchmarks against which the Program judges the effectiveness of our work.
|HEA Program Learning Goals
(revised program learning goals pending approval from full faculty in Spring 2023)
Students completing the HEA program will be able to:
1. Identify and navigate the complex structures of higher education to inform effective change.
2. Analyze, think critically, and make evidence-based recommendations that recognize historical context and/or incorporate organizational mission and/or strategic planning to advance higher education.
3. Communicate and interact effectively with a highly diverse set of constituencies within the field of higher education.
4. Articulate and apply a set of values for cultivating an equitable, inclusive, and just higher education environment.
5. Use leadership and management theories to analyze the design, operation, and governance of higher education institutions.
The Marxe School provides a wide range of student opportunities. Often, time spent outside the classroom that can add the most value to your university experience. Student clubs in particular offer opportunities to network, build leadership skills, and form relationships that can last a lifetime. The list of clubs as well as other opportunities such as scholarships and fellowships, graduate research assistantships, professional development opportunities, and study abroad can be found on the frequently updated Student Opportunities page of the Marxe School website.
Higher education opportunities are highlighted below.