Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE)

Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Policy (HESI)

The Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy program at the ֲý of Maryland, College Park is committed to advancing the positive role education can have in society. Our faculty and students study core facets of the education system, including the functioning and impact of colleges and universities; the enactment and implementation of K-18 and nonformal education policies; and the analysis of organizational processes. With particular emphasis on social justice, diversity, policy, and system change, our students, alumni, and faculty are scholars, practitioners, change agents, and innovative leaders in universities, as well as in national and international organizations.

There are three concentrations in this academic program, each with its own distinct focus, faculty, and program plan. Students select from three concentrations: Higher Education, International Education Policy, and Student Affairs. However, during their course of study, students are able to choose electives from all concentrations to tailor their educational experiences to their interests and future career goals.

Higher Education is an area of advanced study within the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. This nationally recognized graduate program in Higher Education (ranked #10, U.S. News and World Report 2015) prepares students for leadership positions in higher education administration, policy analysis, and scholarship.


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The International Education Policy (IEP) program offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees designed to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of today's educational policy and practice. The focus is on the relation of education to economic, political, and social development in both developing and developed countries at local, national, regional, and global levels. The IEP program gives comprehensive attention to education, considering both formal schooling, from pre-school to higher education, as well as non-formal, adult, and community-based education.

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The Student Affairs program is committed to the professional preparation of administrators and student development educators in higher education environments. The program is modeled and directed by the core values of Student Development, Multiculturalism, Leadership, Scholarship and Research, and Ethical Practices.

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