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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Higher Education Program

Master of Education (MEd) - Higher Education Leadership

This course-based, MEd degree program is designed for professionals working in higher education at entry to mid-levels, who seek to build their careers in higher education. With a focus on leadership skills for both the college and university contexts, the field is aimed to bridge the understanding and collaboration of leaders across both sectors.

Students move through the Higher Education field as a cohort and register part-time. Classes are generally offered in a compressed format to suit working professionals. We welcome applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. Applicants are accepted to the field every other year.

Study options: Part-time
Components: Coursework
Length: Part-time program length is 2.5 years

For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar (please note that the recent changes to the MEd in Higher Education Leadership degree program will be found in the SGS Calendar, come July) and the OISE Bulletin

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Program Requirements​ 

  • Coursework. Students must succesfully complete a total of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA1803H Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • LHA1811H Organizational Change in Higher Education

    • LHA1836H Critical Analysis of Research in Higher Education

    • LHA1847H HR and Diversity Issues in Higher Education

    • LHA1854H Student Development Theory

    • LHA1860H Capstone Project for Higher Education Leadership Cohort Option

    • LHA2006H Educational Finance and Economics

    • 1.5 FCEs in elective courses

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Collaborative specializations

Collaborative specializations provide graduate students enrolled in participating degree programs with an additional multidisciplinary experience as they complete their home degree program. 

Learn more about the collaborative specializations offered to MEd students in the Higher Education program. 


Faculty in the Higher Education program have multi-disciplinary teaching and research expertise in a wide range of fields. To learn more about our faculty, check out our program's faculty listing for profiles.

Our faculty's expertise includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Higher education, globalization and neoliberalism
  • Comparative higher education and international academic relations
  • Educational leadership and change
  • Higher education policy and politics in Canada
  • Minoritization in postsecondary institutions
  • Indigenous college student experience
  • Politics in higher education
  • Sociology of knowledge


The following are annual tuition fees for 2021-2022. These figures include all non-tuition related fees. 

  • Domestic full-time students: $11,839.99
  • Domestic part-time students: $3,957.74
  • International full-time students: $42,145.99
  • Please note: Master's programs at OISE have minimum degree fees.

For detailed and up-to-date information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition and Financial Support.  

Admissions and application information

General information

Please visit the OISE Admissions website for detailed information about the application process, including general minimum admission requirements and supporting documents. 

Program-specific information

Minimum admission requirements

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

Required supporting documents  

  • Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional)
  • Résumé
  • Answers to faculty amissions questions (applicants are to answer each question in an essay format)


Entry into this program is every other year; the next intake will be for the 2023-2024 academic year.

For the most up-to-date information on application deadlines, please visit OISE Admissions


Questions about the Higher Education Leadership Cohort 10? Please contact Professor Katharine Janzen, at

Questions about applying? Please contact the OISE admissions office at 416-978-4300 or