Master of Arts in Leadership/Master of Education in Higher Education


The purpose of this dual degree is to provide students with the foundational knowledge of higher education that will be necessary to operate effectively in post-secondary arenas, while also equipping students with the knowledge and practical leadership skills needed to thrive in this educational setting. This degree program will give students the ability to meld technical knowledge of higher education (e.g. Legal Aspects and Finance in Higher Education) with the soft skills of leadership necessary to lead effectively in this environment (such as leadership communication, emotional intelligence, collaboration, and leading change).


In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.


A conferred bachelor’s degree.


Continuance in the MED in Higher Education program past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

REQUIRED SHARED CURRICULUM - 3 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Shared Curriculum


DISC 5302 - Biblical Servant Leadership

MA IN LEADERSHIP REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


MAL 5302 - Vision-Casting and Leading Change
MAL 5308 - Great Leaders in History
MAL 5309 - Revolutionary Power: Leadership in the Lives of the Founding Fathers (Experiential Learning Trip to Washington, D.C. or Boston)
MAL 6301 - Christian Worldview of Leadership
MAL 6303 - Leadership in Conflict and Adversity
MAL 6304 - Leadership Communication
MAL 6305 - Relational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
MAL 6306 - Cross-Cultural and Global Leadership
MANA 6310 - Leadership in Management
MANA 6320 - Business Ethics
Three (3) hours of MED in Higher Education Curriculum serve as an elective for the MA in Leadership Required Curriculum.

MED IN HIGHER EDUCATION REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 27 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


HIED 5300 - College and University Administration
HIED 6310 - Legal Aspects and Finance in Higher Education
HIED 6320 - Practicum in Higher Education (S-L)*
HIED 6330 - Research Methods in Higher Education
HIED 6340 - History and Philosophy of Higher Education
HIED 6361 - Teaching, Learning, and Student Development
HIED 6373 - Methods for the Higher Education Administrator
Select two (2) elective
MED in Higher Education courses with approval of the Program Advisor.
Six (6) hours of the MA in Leadership Required Curriculum serve as electives for the MED in Higher Education Required Curriculum.


3 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

30 hours

MA in Leadership Required Curriculum

27 hours

MED in Higher Education Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)

*(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


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