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Why study Higher Education online through OSU?

The master’s degree in Educational Leadership Studies, option in Higher Education is designed to prepare students for leadership positions at public and private colleges and universities. Students will study the complex issues facing higher education today, including administrative and organizational frameworks and the trends and needs of diverse student populations. The program is intended to provide maximum flexibility for full-time working professionals.


This degree program is offered 100-percent online. Courses are delivered through Canvas, OSU’s online learning platform. The program follows a suggested two-year accelerated completion sequence in which students take two courses per semester (fall, spring and summer). Students can also complete in three years using a fall/spring sequence. 



Core curriculum for this 36-hour program include classes such as:

  • Assessment Techniques in Higher Education & Student Affairs
  • Research to Practice in Higher Education & Student Affairs
  • Leadership Theory & Organizational Development in Higher Education
  • Foundations of Higher Education
  • Critical Issues in Higher Education

Students will also complete a capstone course, which includes a creative component and portfolio. 


Course information

Kamm Distinguished Graduate Fellowship

The R4T Collective



Applications are accepted throughout the year. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester.


To apply to the Educational Leadership Studies - option in Higher Education, MS program, complete the following: 

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions with a 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA
  • Current resume/vita
  • Three letters of recommendation  (At least two from faculty members is preferred)
  • Career objectives essay
  • Academic writing sample (optional)
  • Program faculty may request an interview with the applicant



Oklahoma State University offers an affordable single rate for graduate students in online degree and certificate programs.

Cost details for in-state, online graduate students
Cost details for out-of-state online graduate students



Scholarships and Financial Aid

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