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Education, Higher Education, M.Ed.

The College of Education's Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs provide educators with opportunities for professional renewal and development. Graduate programs in education are designed to increase a student's understanding of the learning process and repertoire of methods and skills. The areas of study reflect the importance of increased breadth and depth of understanding of theoretical constructs and existing problems in education.

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Program Overview

Grand Valley State Universitys M.Ed. in Higher Education program educates students to become effective practitioner-educators who pursue various administrative roles in higher education contexts, facilitate student learning and promote student success, and shape inclusive higher education communities.

The program offers two distinct emphases: College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL) and Adult and Higher Education (AHE).

The higher education program includes foundation courses, emphasis area courses, concentration courses, and elective courses.

The AHE emphasis requires a minimum of 36 credits and offers the opportunity to take coursework part time.

The CSAL emphasis, requiring a minimum of 42 credits overall which includes 6 credits of practicum/internship experience, offers a cohort experience to students and is designed to be completed in two full-time academic years.

Why Study Higher Education at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty are committed to creating and maintaining supportive educational environments that challenge students to reach their fullest potential.
  • Curricular and co-curricular opportunities align with the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education and ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies.
  • Our curriculum, instructional practices, professional development, experiential, and co-curricular opportunities are shaped by our theory to practice foundation. It is essential to preparing effective educators, particularly related to student development, leadership in and administration of organizations, and those that are critical in nature. By modeling this foundation, we expect graduates to make well-informed decisions in a variety of higher education settings.

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For More Information

College of Education
401 W. Fulton St, Building C
(616) 331-6650

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is May 15; winter deadline is September 15; spring/summer deadline is February 15. Early application is strongly encouraged, those received after the deadline will be considered for the next cycle. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit

Location & Format

Classes for this program are offered as a hybrid program that requires three face-to-face meetings per semester on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Hybrid

Career Options

The M.Ed. in Higher Education curriculum prepares graduates to work with college students and higher education professionals in a variety of functional areas such as:

  • Academic advising
  • Career Services
  • Housing and Residential Life
  • Multicultural affairs
  • Admissions
  • Financial aid
  • Recreation and wellness