Grand Valley State University's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education offers an emphasis in Adult and Higher Education and in College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL). The program is designed for students who wish to develop competencies in teaching adult students and for individuals interested in college or university institutional affairs and administration.

Grand Valley State University's College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The faculty are leaders in their fields, melding together the philosophy of education and your needs as a practitioner.

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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.

Courses Offered

The M.Ed. in Higher Education program is a minimum of 36-42 credits, based on emphasis chosen.

See PDF links below for the Planned Programs and the College of Education Course List page for full course descriptions. 

  • Program Type: The Higher Education programs prepare completers to work with college-age and adult students in educational settings.
  • MTTC Certification Test: There is not a Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for these program at this time.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The Higher Education programs do not lead to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) endorsement or certification because they prepare completers to work with college-age and adult learners.
  • Students in the CSAL emphasis interested in learning more about graduate assistantships in student affairs and higher education on the CSAL website
  • Student Outcomes for Higher Education, M.Ed.


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education admission requirements and application for admission are available online. The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.

Applications for the College of Education Graduate Studies programs are now being accepted for Spring/Summer 2020Fall 2020, and Winter 2021.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis, for a limited time.

View the Admissions Requirements for Higher Education


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For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.


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(616) 331-6250 

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