Administration Building

Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Leadership

237 Gooch Hall

537 University Street

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7128


(731) 881-7975


Deborah J. Gibson

Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Leadership

Administration Building

Let us assist you in becoming a valuable asset to any workplace and further develop your leadership abilities with UT Martin’s Higher Education Leadership degree. The graduate program will equip you for a leadership position and an administrative career in higher education in all areas of administration, as well as the first step towards teaching in higher education degree programs at both two-year & four-year colleges and universities.

Program Highlights:

  • 100% Online
  • 35-week accelerated program (11 months)
  • 7 week courses
  • Full-time or Part-time option
  • 30 credit hours



30 hours


Full or part time




3-6 Semesters


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Semester of Entry

Fall, Spring, or Summer


Program of Study

Foundation (12 hours)

HIED 720 - Introduction to Leadership Credit(s): 3

HIED 740 - History of Higher Education Credit(s): 3

EDFN 710 - Research in Education and Counseling Credit(s): 3

HIED 721 - Diversity and Equity in Higher Education Credit(s): 3

Concentration (18 Hours)

EDST 760 - Organization and Administration of Postsecondary Education Credit(s): 3

HIED 761 - Higher Education Law Credit(s): 3

HIED 753 - Student Development and Engagement in Higher Education Credit(s): 3

EDLD 711 - Recruitment, Retention, and Strategic Enrollment Management Credit(s): 3

HIED 731 - Higher Education Finance and Resource Management Credit(s): 3

HIED 730 - Seminar in Post-Secondary Education Credit(s): 3

Why UTM?

We greatly value our relationships with our students and it is our goal to foster a sense of community between our students, faculty, and community partners. This begins with the first contact between advisor and student. Your advisor is the person who will work with you to understand all of the requirements of the program, help you develop your plan of study, answer questions about registration, and guide you toward your career goal. This is an important relationship that we hope will make you feel more comfortable in our program as well as provide you with information. The advisor- student connection is vital in your personal and professional development. As faculty members, we enjoy this time we spend getting to know and mentor you. Our hope is that you continue to feel a part of our program even after you graduate, keeping us up to date on your personal and professional milestones.


To further promote our sense of community we have established a Facebook group page for current students and alumni. When you are accepted into the program you will be sent an invitation via email to join our Facebook group and we hope you will accept. On this site we post news about the program, important information about the profession of counseling, and share updates about students and alumni. We hope those of you still on Facebook will accept our invitation!




Admission Requirements

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

2. $40 Application Fee

3. GRE not required


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Contact Us

Our office is available to provide more information on the program, admission requirements, student life, and anything else you’re wondering about.


We look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Daniel “Kent” Kelso

Dr. Daniel “Kent” Kelso

Higher Education Leadership Faculty Coordinator

(731) 881-7193


Deborah J. Gibson

Deborah J. Gibson

Coordinator, Education Graduate Student Services Coordinator

(731) 881-7128




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