Leadership, Diversity and Social Justice
Prepare to challenge your existing understanding of higher education, and what it means to be an education professional. Emphasizing social justice and multicultural perspectives, the Higher Education and Students Affairs Leadership program prepares you for diverse leadership opportunities in education. Top faculty lead seminar-style classes and bring their professional education leadership experience and real-world perspective to the classroom. Courses address a wide range of topics, from culture and law, to policy and finance. You’ll also have opportunities to gain practical experiences in the field, under the mentorship of experienced higher education and student affairs leaders. Our program thrives on the input of students from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
39 Master's, 64 PhD
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M.A., Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership
We offer both Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Higher Education and Students Affairs Leadership.
Master of Arts
Emphasizing practice, the 39-credit master’s program prepares student affairs professionals and college administrators. You’ll work as colleagues with faculty, gaining progressively higher levels of responsibility and expertise, in a community-of-scholars model to learning. As a graduate, you’ll be uniquely qualified to tackle the complex challenges facing educators today.
Doctor of Philosophy
UNC’s Ph.D. program builds on the foundation of the master's degree, teaching you innovative ways to apply theory and research to solve real-world problems in higher education. You can pursue the doctoral degree full-time at our main campus in Greeley or as a part-time student in Greeley or at UNC’s Lowry Center in Denver.
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Our 15-credit doctoral minor allows you to gain an extra level of expertise in higher education and student affairs.
At UNC, you’re following in the footsteps of Colorado’s top educators. Our master’s and doctoral programs will position you to excel in a wide range of leadership positions in higher education, and will give you a broader, multicultural perspective that will serve you in your career and in life.
Consider UNC’s Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership programs if you:
- Have a strong dedication to social justice
- Desire to work with diverse groups of people to lead positive change in higher education
- Want to gain multicultural perspectives
- Are a full- or part-time student
- Strong understanding of organizational dynamics
- Excellence in professional practice and scholarly writing
- Culturally inclusive perspectives related to research, practice and leadership
- Research design and methodology
- Ways to contribute to improving education systems
- Organization and Administration
- Multiculturalism in Higher Education and Student Affairs
- Law and Higher Education
- Culturally Responsive Aspects of Transformative Learning
- Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs
- Finance and Resource Management in Higher Education
Matthew Birnbaum, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership
In addition to being an assistant professor, Matthew Birnbaum, Ph.D., is also the Program Coordinator for the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership degree. His research interests include trends in student culture, technology in higher education, higher education law and finance and organizational theory.
The master’s and doctoral programs in Higher Education and Students Affairs Leadership will prepare you to lead in a variety of roles. These are just a few of your options:
- Higher education administrator
- Student affairs leader
- Institutional researcher
- Policy analyst
- University faculty member