Master of Education in Higher Education (Education in the Professions Field)

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Education in the Professions Field
Master of Education in Higher Education

Master of Education in Higher Education (Education in the Professions Field) 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?

The Master of Education in Higher Education is a course-based, professional degree designed primarily for higher education professionals seeking to advance their understanding of the issues confronting their institution 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 related to higher education. The program can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Within the MEd program, the field in Education in the Professions is a course-based professional master’s program delivered online, through mainly synchronous courses. This program is designed for individuals working in areas such as the health professions, law and law enforcement, engineering, and public services, who are planning a career in educational administration, teaching, and leadership. This field introduces the broader area of higher education as well as current issues and research methods in education research in the professions.

The required courses in the field are offered online.

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
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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).

Program Information


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

  • Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (LHA 1803H, 0.5 FCE)
    • To be taken at the beginning of the program.
  • LHA1812H Education and the Professions (0.5 FCE)
  • LHA1819H Governance in Higher Education (0.5 FCE)
  • LHA1823H Study of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (0.5 FCE)
  • LHA1844H The Student Experience in Higher Education (0.5 FCE)
  • LHA1848H Innovative Curriculum in Higher Education and the Professions (0.5 FCE)
  • 0.5 FCE in research methods [RM] Course will vary according to instructor availability
  • 1.5 FCEs electives in general 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

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