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Online MS in Leadership in Higher Education

Leadership in Higher Education

This program is intended for those who seek management or administrative positions such as department chairs, directors, deans or higher positions within institutions of higher education.

Program Length

20 Months

Unit Cost


Start Term

Fall, Spring*

Campus Location

Online, West LA Campus

Program Characteristics:

  • Relevant and emerging fields with strong employment growth potential and attractive salaries.
  • Requires 32 units of coursework for completion.
  • 18 units of coursework is common across all five programs.
  • Completed over 20 months.
  • Offered 90% online and 10% in residency in Los Angeles.
  • Residency takes place once a year over a 3-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Take only 1 Friday off a year from work (travel logistics may require additional time off).
    • Opportunity for optional residencies with a variety of academic or professional choices
  • You may receive up to 9 hours of credit toward the pursuit of a doctorate degree with the School of Education.
  • Faculty support and coaching to provide the opportunity for you to present your work at national and global conferences.
  • An equitable admission process that considers your ability and commitment to succeed rather than scores on standardized tests – No GRE required.

Employment and Salary Trend:

  • Employment opportunities and salary growth forecasts indicate strong demand for graduates of this program over the next 10 years. Employment of training and development specialists is projected to grow 11% from 2016 to 2026.
  • The national average salary for an Instructional Designer is $61,000. The highest paid Instructional Designers are in San Francisco (a 23% wage premium), Washington (22%), Los Angeles (18%) and Seattle (16%).
  • Salaries for training and development specialists was $59,020 in May 2016. The lowest 10% earned less than $32,410, and the highest 10% earned more than $101,010.