John Brown University's Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership is for those who want to apply leadership vision and ethical practices to the leadership and ethical challenges faced in the field of higher education.  Through this program, you will gain an understanding of how organizations work, how to provide leadership to an educational institution and how to implement ethical practices.  This degree is ideal for those seeking to become upwardly mobile in the field of education or who are looking at the prospect of a career change. 

Not only will the MS in Higher Education Leadership degree provide a solid foundation for doctoral work, but it will also prepare you for a variety of higher education careers, including admissions/financial aid, mid-level college administration, career development services, intercollegiate athletics, ministry programs, residence life, student activities, student leadership and student support services.

Course requirements for the Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership are as follows:  (Click on the following links for course descriptions for these courses: Higher Education Course Descriptions, Business Administration Course Descriptions and Leadership Course Descriptions)

Links to sample syllabi are included for some of the courses.

Higher Education Leadership Core Requirements (24 hours)

  • Administrative Leadership in Higher Education
  • Christian Foundations for Organizational Leaders
  • Educational Program Development and Implementation
  • Foundations of Leadership
  • History and Philosophy of American Higher Education
  • Applied Research Methods
  • The College Student: Issues, Policies and Programs

  Select one:

  • Contemporary Topic Seminar
  • Executive Leadership Seminar
  • Higher Education Practicum

Effective Fall 2010, some of the above courses have prerequisites.  For a complete list of graduate business courses for which there are prerequisites, click here: Graduate Business Prerequisites

Electives (12 hours)

  Select four: (Those completing the degree program online must choose four courses.)

  • Building Teams
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Designing and Executing Strategies
  • Emotional Health in Organizations
  • Ethical Decisions in Organizations
  • Global Leadership and Ethics
  • Leading Change
  • Mission, Vision and Values

Minimum semester hours . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 hours


Class Locations

Elective classes are offered at the JBU Rogers and Fort Smith Centers as well as online; LHE core courses are offered only online.  Beginning Fall 2013, elective classes will also be offered at JBU's new Little Rock Center.

Class Schedule

Onground classes meet in the evening from 6:00 - 10:00 one night per week for eight weeks.