Leadership in Higher Education

School of Education
(440) 826-2166, (440) 826-3779 (fax)

Admission Office, Adult & Graduate Education

Lydia Avery, Associate Director of Admission
(440) 826-8016, lavery@bw.edu

Baldwin Wallace is the only private university in Ohio offering a master's degree program that uniquely integrates student affairs and academic affairs — making the leadership in higher education (LHE) program a distinctive graduate school preparation for careers in all facets of University life.

Colleges and universities operate in an increasingly competitive enrollment and accountability climate today. Higher education professionals who build successful careers know the impact and influence they have when collaborating full resources in both student affairs and academic affairs to help each student realize his or her full potential. BW's distinctive LHE program recognizes this need and develops transformative leaders who are ready to tackle current and future challenges in higher education.

LHE curriculum includes student development theory, history/philosophy of higher education, campus diversity, ethical leadership, public policy dimensions of higher education, funding and finance, counseling theory/practice and educational research. These courses, combined with two professional internships in student affairs and academic affairs, give graduates of the LHE program a distinctive set of skills, knowledge and experiences that have made them highly employable and promotable in colleges and universities nationwide.

Incorporated into the curriculum are opportunities for students to engage in social justice by effecting change on campus and through community engagement.

Program Outline

Review a complete list of courses in the LHE program outline.

Full-Time Students

Students enroll in a learning community, progressing through the program together, building networks and collegial relationships. Students complete two professional-level internships at BW and/or other local colleges and universities; one in student affairs and one in academic affairs. Enrollment into the program is contingent upon being selected for an internship through a competitive interview process. Interview Day 2017 is scheduled for March 3, 2017. The MAEd requires completion of 46 credits — 34 course credits and 12 internship credits. Required courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters, with the summer between years available for practicum or elective coursework.

Internships for Full-Time Students

Students experience professional internships in both student affairs and academic affairs, developing the ability to analyze policy; assess students' needs; create, implement and evaluate programs; and foster environments that enhance student learning in all areas of campus life. Students also complete a project-based practicum in an area different from their internships.

Full-time LHE students complete 12 credit hours of internship over the course of their program. This equates to two academic years of internship, with the second-year internship in a different area from the first year internship. Each yearly internship requires approximately 20 hours of work per week and carries a $10,000 stipend (or $20,000 for the two-year program). All full-time students for the LHE program interview for and must successfully secure an internship position at Baldwin Wallace University prior to enrollment. The following is a list of current offices and departments in which interns are placed:

  • Academic affairs
  • Admission (2)
    • Working with first-year students
    • Working with transfer and graduate students
  • Adult and continuing education/registration and records
  • Alumni and advancement
  • CARE (Center for Alcohol Related Issues Information)
  • Career services
  • Center for Career and Academic Excellence
  • Conservatory of Music
  • David & Francis Brain Center for Community Engagement
  • Financial aid
  • Honors program
  • Jacket Link Bridge (academic and diversity affairs)
  • Leadership in Higher Education
  • Learning Center and disability services
  • MBA/School of Business
  • Registration and records
  • Residence life (2)
    • Hall director
    • Hall director/Midnight Madness
  • Service learning and community outreach
  • Student success (first year experience and retention)
  • STEM scholars
  • Study abroad/international student services
  • University relations
  • Wellness

Internships at Other Colleges/Universities

  • Cuyahoga Community College: Student services and orientation intern

Part-Time Students

The part-time program is for working professionals who have established a career in higher education and who wish to study as they continue to pursue their career. Applicants to the part-time program must have worked at least one year in their current full-time position in higher education. Part-time students complete career-enhancing internships with the colleges or universities where they are employed. Their current position may be expanded to serve as an internship site, or they may secure an approved internship in another department. The internship must be specifically designated and clearly differentiated from the other work of the position to provide new learning experiences. They must secure approval from their current employer and the LHE program director to complete an internship that would be a significant project as part of the program requirements.

The part-time LHE program may be completed within three years when taking one to two courses per semester. Classes meet one evening a week.

Alumni Success

Graduates of the LHE program have a distinctive set of skills, knowledge and experiences, making them highly employable and promotable in colleges and universities nationwide. Baldwin Wallace LHE graduates have launched higher education careers in academic affairs and student affairs, across a spectrum of professional career paths.

  • Ashland University – academic advising
  • Baldwin Wallace University – academic advising, admissions, registration and records
  • Case Western Reserve University – study abroad, academic resources, disability services and the school of medicine
  • Cleveland Institute of Music – residence life
  • Cleveland State University - academic advising
  • College of Wooster – residence life
  • Cuyahoga Community College – student success and articulation/transfer services
  • Delaware State University (DE) – career advising
  • Heidelberg College – alumni engagement
  • Hiram College – graduate and professional studies
  • Illinois Institution of Technology (IL) – transfer counseling
  • Indiana University (IN) – career services
  • Ivy Technical Community College – academic advising
  • John Carroll University – admissions
  • Kent State University – advancement, student success, academic advisor, and fraternity and sorority life
  • Kenyon College – residence life
  • Lakeland Community College - student engagement & leadership
  • Lorain County Community College – academic advising
  • Notre Dame College – new student experience, admission and advising
  • Oberlin College – education outreach
  • Ohio University – career and leadership development, international student advising
  • Pacific University (OR) - international programs
  • The Ohio State University – graduate school administration and academic advising
  • University of Akron – student services and academic advising
  • University of Memphis (TN) – athletic academic services
  • University of South Carolina (SC) – first year advising
  • University of Toledo – Health Professionals Living and Learning Community
  • Ursuline College –clinical placement
  • Vanderbilt University (TN) – Student supports and campus life
  • Washington and Jefferson (PA) – admissions
  • Wittenberg University - residence life