Master of Science - Higher Education

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The Florida State University Higher Education Program prepares individuals for careers in administration, management, and leadership in public and private, two-year and four-year colleges, universities, and other institutions. A student’s program of study is designed around required core courses as well as elective courses. Other learning experiences, such as internships and graduate assistantships, add practical experience to the learning process. Each student is encouraged to pursue their own educational and professional goals to the extent possible within a wide range of curricular choices. In general, the curriculum is designed to provide students with appropriate knowledge about the professional field while grounding students in the theoretical framework necessary to guide current and future study and career development in higher education. Many courses use practical examples, case studies, and simulations to facilitate theory to practice learning opportunities and applications.

The M.S. degree in Higher Education is designed to prepare students to work in student affairs positions in a variety of settings. Graduates are employed in all aspects of student affairs including housing, Greek life, student activities, orientation, career development, academic advising, union administration, judicial affairs, services for students with disabilities, and generalist positions. The emphasis of this program is on the administration of student affairs and student development. Students who plan to work in the student affairs field should enroll in this program. 

To learn more about the Higher Education Program, please click here.


Program Contact

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner, Higher Education Program Coordinator
1205 Stone Building
1114 W. Call Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
850.645.8450 |

For admissions and general information:
Please contact Kendra Bumpus, Graduate Assistant for the Higher Education program at