Master of Education in Higher Education (Higher Education Leadership Field)

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Higher Education Leadership Field
Master of Education in Higher Education

Master of Education in Higher Education (Higher Education Leadership Field) Overview

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. 

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

At a Glance

Study Options
Part-time (10 sessions)

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

Entry into this program is every other year. The next intake will be for the 2025-2026 academic year.


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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 successfully 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.
  • LHA1815H Economics and Finance of Higher Education.
  • LHA1836H Critical Analysis of Research in Higher Education.
  • LHA1847H Human Resource and Diversity Issues in Higher Education.
  • LHA1854H Student Development Theory.
  • LHA1860H Capstone Project for Higher Education Leadership Cohort Option.
  • 1.5 FCEs in elective courses.

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.