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M.S.Ed. Higher Education

International Higher Education Leadership Track

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The International Higher Education Leadership track is offered as part of the Master's Degree program in Higher Education for those seeking positions as administrators in international education programs, international admissions, international student services, study abroad, and related administrative positions in universities and other post-secondary institutions. This track is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the result of collaboration among the Darden College of Education, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Office of International Programs. The program provides education, training, and professional certification in a rapidly expanding field within higher education, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Our Ed.S. and Ph.D. degree programs let students develop a personalized plan of study based on the applicant's background and professional interests, with concentrations in international higher education leadership.


FOUN 611 – Introduction to Research Methods in Education
HIED 708 – Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
HIED 756 – Law of Higher Education
HIED 757 – Multicultural University


HIED 743 – International Higher Education Administration
HIED 771 – American Higher Education in a Global Context
HIED 794 – Organization and Administration in Higher Education
IS 741 – Globalization and Social Change
IS 760 – International Cultural Studies

Field Experiences

HIED 668 – Internship
HIED 744 - Comparative Higher Education Systems
HIED 761 – Higher Education Capstone

* Master's students complete internships in two different 3-credit blocks. Internships may be in one or more of the units of the Office of International Programs at ODU, in a comparable office at another U.S. university, or abroad in a foreign university or accredited international education provider. The internship should be chosen in close consultation with the program advisor and apply to the cognate field. Students may enroll in HIED 744 Comparative Higher Education Systems, a study abroad experience, to fulfill one (1) of the two internship requirements.


Select 2 ELECTIVE from the list below:

HIED 710 – Student Affairs Administration
HIED 712 – Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
HIED 720 – Private Colleges and Universities
HIED 733 – Professional Helping Skills in Higher Education
HIED 745 – Today’s College Student and Diversity
HIED 756 – Higher Education Finance & Planning
HIED 758 – Higher Education Leadership
HIED 762 – Development and Philanthropy
HIED 763 – Case Studies in Higher Education
HIED 764 – College and University Presidency
HIED 765 – Adult and Continuing Education
HIED 766 – Modern Community College
HIED 770 – External and Internal Relations for Higher Education
HIED 866 – The Modern Community College
COUN 648 – Foundations of Career Development
COUN 707 – Adult and Student Development Theory

Courses from International Studies or other departments may be used with permission from the HIED program coordinator. Previous International Studies courses have included courses on Transnational Media Practices, Gender and Globalization, Islam and Western Secularism, Media and Migration, National Identity in a Global Age, International Health, and Global Ethics & Human Rights.