Master of Education in Higher Education

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Master of Education in Higher Education

Master of Education in Higher Education Overview

Are you curious about higher education as a field of study? Do you want to gain research skills and apply them to issues related to colleges and universities?

This course-based, professional degree program is designed primarily for higher education professionals looking to advance their understanding of the issues confronting their institutions and the postsecondary system.

It best serves students seeking research-informed knowledge on how colleges and universities work in order to pursue or advance administrative and policy careers in higher education. 

Students are accepted every year and can register on a full-time or part-time basis. We welcome applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.

For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.

At a Glance

Study Options
Full-time (4 sessions)
Part-time (10 sessions)

Funding and Tuition
For current information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition & Financial Support.  

Applications for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle are set to open early October 2022.


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Why I Chose Leadership, Adult & Higher Education

Henry Ssali, OISE Alumni.
Henry Ssali (Master of Arts 2019)

Founder and Executive Director, University of Toronto African Alumni Association

"OISE has one of the most vibrant student communities in the entire University of Toronto. As a public relations professional and community leader, I see it reflected in the number of campus clubs and associations OISE students participate in on a regular basis."

Master of Education in Higher Education Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

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)



Required Supporting Documents

All applicants must submit: 

  • Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended.
  • Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional).
  • Resumé that provides clear and complete information about the applicant's work or field experience related to their proposed studies.
  • Answers to faculty admissions questions (applicants are to answer each question in an essay format).

Additional Program Information


Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

  • Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (LHA1803H, 0.5 FCE)

    • To be taken at the beginning of the program.

  • 0.5 FCE in research methods.

  • 4.0 FCEs in electives, of which 1.5 FCEs must be from the Higher Education program.

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 students in this program:

Faculty in the Higher Education program have multi-disciplinary teaching and research expertise in a wide range of fields. 

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

Ready to join one of the world’s top universities?

Take the next step in your academic journey and start your application to graduate studies at OISE.