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Student Development and Leadership in Higher Education Master’s Degree (M.Ed.)

The M.Ed. in student development and leadership in higher education program prepares graduate candidates for work in the non-academic arena of college campuses, which includes leadership positions in such areas as:

  • Career services
  • Enrollment management
  • Residential programs
  • Candidate development

Candidates must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate work for this degree.

This is an online-only program for the convenience of our students.

Online Only


Master of Education in student development and leadership in higher education


Graduates may find employment in a variety of settings, from community colleges to research universities, and they will be prepared to matriculate into a doctoral-level program.

Program Highlights

  • ASU was recognized in 2015 as one of the top 60 schools in the U.S. for “Best Online Master’s in Education Programs” by Schools on the list were selected based on affordability, quality and support services.

  • Our M.Ed. in student development and leadership in higher education program was ranked one of the “25 Best Online Master in Higher Education Degree Programs” in the U.S. by, an educational resource website. The selection was based on academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Advising/Supporting: Candidates will know how to provide advising and support to individuals and groups through direction, feedback, critique, referral and guidance.
  • Leadership: Candidates will gain knowledge, skills and dispositions required of a leader, with or without positional authority, in educational institutions.
  • Organizational/Human Resources: Candidates will gain knowledge, skills and dispositions in the management of resources and people in educational organizations.
  • Social Justice/Inclusion: Candidates will be able to create learning environments that foster equitable participation of all students.
  • Student Learning/Development: Candidates will understand and apply principles of student development and learning theory.

Admission Requirements

  • All college and university transcripts

Note: The GRE is NOT required for admission.

When applying, use the 5X8 DG Degree Seeking application.


Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better, including all grades on repeated courses, or hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

Application Deadlines

8 week Program Deadline:

Spring A – Jan. 1

Spring B – March 1

Summer – May 1

Fall A – Aug. 12

Fall B – Oct. 1

You are strongly encouraged to register for the first and second eight-week sessions simultaneously, before the first eight-week session begins.

Degree Plan

  • Semester Credit Hours (SCH)
    Courses Hours
    EDG 6301 Social and Cultural Influences 3
    EDG 6302 Tests and Measurements 3
    EDG 6304 Research 3
    EDG 6305 Legal and Ethical Principles 3
    EDG 6307 Professional Writing for Educators 3
    EDG 6361 American Higher Education 3
    EDG 6362 College Student Development 3
    EDG 6365 Internship in Higher Education 3
    EDG 6366 Student Affairs and Administrative Services 3
    EDG 6398 Capstone in Student Development 3
    EDSD 6304 Program Administration and Assessment 3
    EDSD 6305 Leadership in Higher Education 3
    Total SCH for Master of Education in Student Development and Leadership


  • Graduate
  • Teaching

Read this assistantship information to learn more about the availability and the application process.

  • Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Academic Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. No application is required.

Departmental Scholarships

For a complete list of available scholarships, see the Scholarship Programs website.

  • Dr. Raymond M. and Maurine Cavness Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Jack and Ramona Cavness Quirey
    Eligibility Deserving juniors, seniors or graduate students in the School of Education
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable

    General Statement: Dr. Raymond M. Cavness served as president of San Angelo College 1954–65 and Angelo State College from 1965–67. Under Dr. Cavness’ guidance and leadership, San Angelo College made the critical transition from a community-based junior college to a four-year state-supported institution.

  • Dr. Verna Mae Crutchfield Special Education Scholarship Award
    Donor Dr. Verna Mae Crutchfield
    Eligibility Junior or senior special education majors
    Amount Variable
    Number One per year
  • Elizabeth Boren Eaton Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Texas Delta Theta Chapter, Alpha Delta Kappa Education Honorary Sorority
    Eligibility Deserving students who have been accepted into the Teacher Education Program
    Amount Variable
    Number One per year
  • Hauztenc Cox Jackson Memorial Scholarship
    Donor San Angelo Area Council PTA
    Eligibility Deserving junior or senior education majors
    Amount $300
    Number One per year
  • John L. Bishop Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Mrs. John L. Bishop
    Eligibility Deserving junior or senior teacher education major
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Olson-Buttery Memorial Scholarship
    Donor John C. Olson and Dorothy Buttery Olson
    Eligibility Deserving students majoring in education
    Amount Variable
    Number One per year
  • Pat Baker Memorial Scholarship
    Donor San Angelo Texas State Teachers Association Members
    Eligibility Junior or senior teacher education majors who graduated from a Tom Green County high school
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • San Angelo Retired Teachers Association Scholarship
    Donor San Angelo Retired Teachers Association
    Eligibility Juniors or seniors who intend to teach
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable


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