Graduate Admissions

Become a visionary professional prepared to lead dynamic teams, advance student learning, and improve institutions of higher education. 

The Master of Arts in Higher Education offered through the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education builds on the strength of Elon as a national leader in active and engaged learning. Students are immersed in the study of higher education in a student-centered environment rooted in hands-on, experiential learning with a global perspective. Enrollment is full-time in this two-year, 36-hour program that incorporates a study away experience, two internships, a paid apprenticeship, and a capstone project.


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Full-time MHE students are guaranteed a paid, 2-year apprenticeship opportunity. The following apprenticeships are available for 2024-2025:

Alumni Voices:
My favorite part of the MHE program is the small cohort structure that promotes deeper class discussions, camaraderie, and mentorship. I had ample opportunities to expand my professional network through supervisors, faculty, staff, mentors, and fellow classmates and colleagues! I would recommend Elon’s MHE program to anyone who is looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Higher Education. 
- Joe Strid
Coordinator for First Year Initiatives
SUNY Oneonta

The faculty and staff really care about you as a young professional and an incoming higher education practitioner. I felt valued and treated as a colleague, not only a student.
Taylor Swan
Academic Advisor
Virginia Tech

The MHE’s focus on theory to practice helped prepare me for a career in higher education. Not only was I able to gain a strong foundational knowledge of the field, but I also had a chance to apply my coursework through my apprenticeship and internship experiences. My apprenticeship supervisor was also intentional about asking me what I was learning in class and how it may apply to my work. This combination of relevant experiences and knowledge has helped me post-graduation as I am able to draw on the skills and material learned in the MHE in my current position.
Torii Masinsin
Associate Director of Admissions, Campus Visit
Elon University

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