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MS - Integrative Studies

Current professionals seeking to sharpen their leadership skills and understanding of change and decision-making strategies in higher education institutions could benefit from Capella University's Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Integrative Studies. Find out more about this online MS here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Integrative Studies

School Offering Program:

Capella University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students might currently be working in teaching or administrative roles in an educational setting. Strong decision-making, analytical, and leadership skills are important. Applicants to Capella University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The main focus of the Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Integrative Studies program at Capella University is to provide studies that promote professional growth and development by offering a variety of adult education and learning courses. Two required courses in the area of specialization address educational theories, motivation practices, self-reflection processes, and a final project that integrates each student's understanding of educational topics discussed in their course of study. Elective courses can be chosen in such areas as adult learning theories, postsecondary teaching strategies, distance education technologies and delivery systems, higher education leadership roles and functions, trends in teaching and learning, and curriculum development for adult learners. A core course provides an overview of the structure, practices, impacts, and policies of higher education institutions.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

48 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Integrative Studies:

Of the 48 credits needed to earn this MS in Higher Education degree, 32 credits are taken in the Integrative Studies specialization. The remaining 16 credits are fulfilled with core courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (16 credits)

  • Foundations of Master's Studies in Education
  • Survey of Research Methodology
  • Assessment and Improvement of Instruction
  • Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap

Integrative Studies Specialization Courses (32 credits)

  • Introduction to Integrative Studies
  • Capstone in Integrative Studies
  • Students choose six graduate elective courses; recommended courses include:
    • Theories and Principles of Adult Learning
    • Multicultural Perspectives in Adult Education
    • Strategies and Best Practices for Teaching and Learning
    • Action Research for Teacher-Leaders
    • The Delivery of Distance Education
    • Curriculum Development
    • Leadership in Higher Education
    • Critical Thinking in Adult Education
    • Needs Assessment: Models and Procedures
    • Educational Philosophy and Change
    • The Future of Teaching and Learning: Issues for the Educational Leader
    • Coaching for High Performance
    • The Historical and Social Foundations of Education
    • Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies for Adult Learning

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Those graduates who seek the highest administrative positions in postsecondary institutions might continue their studies in a doctoral degree program after completing the MS in Higher Education - Integrative Studies program. A doctoral degree program could further explore educational theories and administrative processes to help prepare graduates to oversee the operations of public or private colleges or universities.

Doctoral degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in Education - Leadership for Higher Education
  • PhD in Education - Postsecondary and Adult Education
  • Doctor of Education - Adult Education
  • Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership and Management

Career Paths:

Several types of administrative careers might await graduates of the MS in Higher Education with a specialization in Integrative Studies program. They might be prepared to handle such responsibilities as developing curricula, creating educational programs, running academic departments, or overseeing distance learning programs.

Examples of career titles for these graduates include:

  • Education specialist
  • Director of education
  • Distance learning specialist
  • Education program coordinator

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