Master of Education in Higher Education

Admission Requirements

Abilene Christian University seeks individuals who have high standards of personal ethics and have demonstrated excellence in their professional lives and academic studies.

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To be admitted into the online Master of Education in Higher Education program you must:

  • Complete the ACU Graduate School application
  • Pay the $50 application fee
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate work
  • Have completed your bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Submit two Graduate School recommendation forms, indicating readiness for graduate study
  • Submit a purpose statement (two pages, double spaced) describing your desire for entering the program and future career plans
  • Submit a current resumé

*The M.Ed. in Higher Education does not accept transfer credits.

2016 Academic Calendar

  Spring I -
2016
Spring II -
2016
Summer I -
2016
Summer II -
2016
Fall I -
2016
Fall II -
2016
Application Deadline 12/11/2015 2/12/2016 4/8/2016 6/10/2016 7/29/2015 9/30/2016
Classes Start 1/4/2016 3/7/2016 4/25/2016 6/27/2016 8/15/2016 10/17/2016
Classes End 2/26/2016 4/22/2016 6/17/2016 8/12/2016 10/7/2016 12/9/2016

  Spring I -
2016
Application
Deadline
12/11/2015
Classes
Start
1/4/2016
Classes
end
2/26/2016
  Spring II -
2016
Application
Deadline
2/12/2016
Classes
Start
3/7/2016
Classes
end
4/22/2016
  Summer I -
2016
Application
Deadline
4/8/2016
Classes
Start
4/25/2016
Classes
end
6/17/2016
  Summer II -
2016
Application
Deadline
6/10/2016
Classes
Start
6/27/2016
Classes
end
8/12/2016
  Fall I -
2016
Application
Deadline
7/29/2016
Classes
Start
8/15/2016
Classes
end
10/7/2016
  Fall II -
2016
Application
Deadline
9/30/2016
Classes
Start
10/17/2016
Classes
end
12/19/2016

Tuition & Fees

Below you will find the total tuition costs associated with our Master of Education in Higher Education online degree.

 
Tuition (per credit hour) $726
Total Credit Hours 36
Application Fee $50
Resource Fee $275
Residency Fee¹ $500
Total² $26,961
OTHER FEES  
Graduation Fee³ $72

Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution (Optional)
Students who choose to add a certificate in Conflict Resolution to the M.Ed. in Higher Education, Conflict Resolution program can expect to pay additional tuition cost of $2,493 for the additional course, and $500 for the additional residency, plus travel, food and entertainment expenses.

Graduate Certificate in Enrollment Management (Optional)
Students who choose to add a certificate in Enrollment Management to the M.Ed. in Higher Education, Enrollment Management program can expect to pay an additional $250 for the additional residency, plus travel, food and entertainment expenses.

Note: Students are required to go through a pre‐application interview before submitting an application for admission.

  1. 1Students will also incur airfare and hotel expenses related to their travel and stay during the residency. These expenses are contingent upon the student’s location as well as airfare and hotel rates at the time of scheduling travel arrangements.
  2. 2Total based on current tuition rates, credit hours and fees as shown. In addition to tuition and fees noted, you can anticipate spending $100-$200 per class for textbooks. Specific details on course materials will be provided prior to registration. All fees subject to change.
  3. 3Regalia fee (includes cap, gown and tassel. Cost is approximate and can vary.)

Financial Aid

The ability to pay for your education is always an important consideration.
Many options are available to help you fund your graduate education.

Employer‐Sponsored Tuition Assistance

Many organizations offer employee tuition assistance and, in some cases, cover 100% of tuition costs. Programs and policies vary among employers. Consult your human resources office to learn more about employer tuition assistance at your organization.

If you are eligible for employer‐sponsored tuition assistance, please fill out the form on this page and an Enrollment Advisor will provide you with information regarding payment arrangements.

Organizational Partnerships

Abilene Christian University has partnered with specific organizations to offer a 10% tuition scholarship and no application fee for their full-time employees and their immediate family members who enroll in certain online graduate programs. If you are employed by a partner organization and would like to learn more about this benefit, or would like to confirm if your organization has a partnership with ACU, please contact an enrollment advisor.

Student Loans and Financial Aid

There are a variety of financial aid options available, such as outside scholarships, grants and loans.
For more information on how to apply for federal student aid (FAFSA), please visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

Military Education Benefits at ACU

Abilene Christian University is proud to support those who serve our country and is committed to helping service members and veterans achieve their education goals. As a military‐friendly university, ACU offers a variety of ways for you to finance your education. The online graduate programs at ACU can help you realize career‐advancing opportunities while you serve in the armed forces. We offer two starting points during each of the fall, spring and summer semesters to better align with your availability. There are no GRE or GMAT requirements to enter the programs and you also enjoy the flexibility of learning online, allowing you to log in any time of day, no matter where you live or are stationed.

Our Enrollment Advisors are here to answer your questions and help guide you through the application process. New students are encouraged to begin the veterans benefits application process at least six to eight weeks prior to the term start date, as the initial application for military veterans/reservists certification can take longer than expected.

FAQs

How do I qualify for the M.Ed. in Higher Education program?
To qualify for the M.Ed. in Higher Education program, you must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university and fulfill the admission requirements. Please see the admissions requirements for full details.
How do I apply?
To apply for one of our graduate programs in Higher Education, please complete this form and an Enrollment Advisor will assist you with the application process, provide you with all necessary materials and work with the Admission Committee on you behalf.
What types of jobs do students find upon graduating from the Higher Education program?
Graduates of the Higher Education program take on a variety of jobs after graduation in areas such as recruiting and admissions, career planning and placement, intercollegiate athletics, federal TRIO programs, financial aid, first‐year programs, international education, intramurals, judicial affairs, student multicultural affairs, registrar, residence life, student activities, student leadership, spiritual life and volunteer and service learning.
Do I need to take the GRE?
No, the GRE or other standardized tests are not required for program entry.
Will my diploma say “online” degree?
No. You will receive the same degree and your diploma is the same as that of students who study on campus.
How long is the M.Ed. in Higher Education program?
The program may be completed in as few as 18 months of part‐time study.
How many credits and courses do I take each semester?
You will enroll in two courses each semester, taking one course at a time. Each course is seven weeks in length.
What financial aid options are available?
U.S. citizens and permanent residents have full access to federal financial aid. Students are always encouraged to seek tuition assistance from their employers first and coordinate the balance with financial aid. For some programs, we also accept VA benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill as tuition payment.
When can I start the program?
You may enter the master’s program six times per year. We have two starting points during each semester — fall, spring or summer. The stand alone Certificate in Enrollment Management program is offered once a year. Please contact an enrollment advisor for further information.
How much time is required in this program?
This program is designed for working professionals who must keep up with the demands of work and home. Most students require 12‐15 hours of study per week. Your facilitator will help keep you on track.

Accreditation

ACU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033‐4097 or call 404‐679‐4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Why is regional accreditation important?

Our accreditation by the SACSCOC means we meet the requirements of our accrediting body and the United States Department of Education. These high standards ensure we have:

  • A mission appropriate to higher education
  • Resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain our mission
  • Clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with our mission and appropriate to the degrees we offer
  • Successful assessments of our objectives and demonstrated improvement

Rankings and Recognition

  • U.S. News

    2016 U.S. News & World Report
    “America’s Best Colleges”

    ACU is again ranked among the nation’s Top 20 regional universities in the West and included in the “America’s Best Colleges” guide. ACU also ranks sixth among regional universities in the “Best Value” category. That designation is based on Abilene Christian’s academic quality weighed against net cost of attendance. It’s the seventh consecutive year that ACU has appeared on this list.

  • Forbes

    America’s Top
    Colleges by Forbes

    Forbes joined with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity to choose schools based on the “quality of education they provide, the experience of the students and how much they achieve.” ACU was ranked in the top 10% of the 6,600 accredited post‐secondary institutions eligible.

  • ACUTA Institutional
    Excellence Award

    ACU’s mobile‐learning initiative has been recognized by ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education. This distinction, given annually to three universities, is awarded for innovative and exemplary endeavors, products or services in the field of higher education technology.

  • America’s Best
    Christian Colleges

    ACU is also included in the 2014 edition of America’s Best Christian Colleges. Universities in this guidebook provide “the highest quality education in a Christian environment.” Both America’s 100 Best College Buys and America’s Best Christian Colleges are published by Institutional Research and Evaluation Inc.

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