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Frequently Asked Questions about the M.Ed. in Higher Education

When is the application deadline?

  • Students are admitted into the program once a year in a cohort model. Please visit the Graduate Admission page to see the next application deadline for the M.Ed. in Higher Education program. The application deadline is typically Dec. 1 for the face-to-face program and March 1 for the online program.

What materials do I need to submit for admission consideration?

  • Please visit the  Graduate Admission page to see a list of required materials to be considered for admission into the M.Ed. program.

Is there a minimum GRE score required?

  • The GRE is waived for fall 2022 and beyond.
  • Waiver requirements: Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale) OR a master’s degree or terminal degree

My undergraduate degree is not in the field of education, can I still apply?

  • Our M.Ed. students hold bachelor’s degrees in a wide range of academic disciplines. An undergraduate degree in education is not required to be admitted into the program.

When do admitted students begin taking classes in the M.Ed. Program?

  • Students are admitted into the program once a year in a cohort model. Students are notified of their acceptance into the program typically within three-four weeks of the application deadline. A new cohort of face-to-face and online students begins taking classes each Fall semester.

What are the costs associated with pursuing my master’s degree?  

  • The Graduate Financial Information webpages contain detailed information about current graduate tuition and fees, as well as financial aid opportunities. Students are also encouraged to review the scholarships available through the College of Education.

For the face-to-face M.Ed. program, when are the courses offered?

  • Most typically, courses in the face-to-face program are held once a week in the evenings for three hours. We also have hybrid classes that meet one day every other week in the evening and asynchronously (through BlackBoard Learn) on alternate weeks. A few courses are offered in a Friday/Saturday format where six times during the semester students meet Friday evening for three hours and all day Saturday.

Can I switch back and forth between the face-to-face and online cohorts?

  • Students are matriculated into a specified program format and are expected to remain affiliated with that format through the duration of their studies. While there may be courses that provide opportunities for face-to-face and online students to interact, the two delivery formats are considered independent experiences. Students may not move in between the online and face-to-face program formats. In extraordinary circumstances, however, exceptions may be granted only with prior approval of the faculty.

Questions specific to the Online M.Ed. in Higher Education

Are online students required to ever physically visit the University of Houston campus?

  • The online M.Ed. in Higher Education program enrolls students from across the state of Texas and the nation. Students in the online program are never required to visit the UH campus, but are of course invited and welcome to visit campus any time.

How are the online courses delivered?

  • Our online curriculum follows an 8-week course model to help students focus and maintain momentum through the fall and spring semester. Students are expected to enroll in two courses per academic term including summer terms. During the summer, students enroll in two courses over the full summer term. The online format makes earning a master’s degree in Higher Education possible for students who are place-bound, or who have existing family or work obligations that make it difficult to regularly attend face-to-face class meetings. 

What technology is required to participate in the online program?

  • A reliable internet connection, a webcam, and headphones are the only technology resources needed to participate in the online M.Ed. program.

What resources are available to support Distance Education students?

  • Our online students have ready access to technical support and resources from the college’s Center for Instructional Technology in Education ( CITE) and UH’s Office of Distance Education.

If you have specific questions about the M.Ed. in Higher Education not answered here, please contact Vincent Carales, Higher Education Program Director.