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Global Higher Education MS Program


The Global Higher Education program is a 30-credit masters program in the department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis (ELPA). All courses are taught primarily by ELPA faculty members.
For a brief description about each individual course, please ​click Public Class Search on the this website.

What will you learn at the GHE program? (Learning Outcomes):

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Develop transnational and intercultural awareness and global competence;
  • Describe and analyze issues, trends, and challenges concerning higher education and international higher education from multiple perspectives;
  • Identify and analyze issues and challenges pertaining to a given educational institution's engagement with internationalization and with globalized society;
  • Outline the current trends and focuses surrounding research on higher education in a global context;
  • Understand various aspects for developing, managing, and evaluating study abroad programs ​and administration and policy compliance in international student services
  • Design proposals aiming to solve a practical issue in the internationalization process of a postsecondary institution of the student’s choice.

Sample Course Sequence (based on program plans for 2017 cohort)

The following course sequence is for students who plan to complete the GHE program in three semesters. Students can choose to graduate in Summer or in Fall of their second year in the program.

1st Semester (Fall): 9 credits
ELPA 886 Internationalization of Higher Education
ELPA 701 Introduction to Higher and Postsecondary Education
ELPA 725 Research Methods & Procedures in Educational Administration

2nd Semester (Spring): 12 credits
ELPA 940 Leadership for ​Study Abroad Programs and International Student Services
ELPA 888 Assessment in Higher Education
ELPA 881 Ideas of the University: Images of Higher Learning for the 21st Century
ELPA 883 College ​Student Identity and Development

3rd Semester (​Summer): 9 credits
ELPA 736 Administration of Student Services in Higher Education
ELPA 824 Field Research Designs & Methodologies in Educational Administration
ELPA ​882 Minority-Serving Institutions in Higher Education

3rd Semester (Fall): 9 credits

ELPA 736 Administration of Student Services in Higher Education
ELPA 940 The American Community College
ELPA 880 Academic programs in Colleges and Universities

Internship Requirement

GHE students will complete a practicum during the ​program to gain practical skills and work experiences in the field of higher education. Practicum sites do not need to have an international focus—the experience is meant to provide our students a deeper, practical understanding of ​their future career.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I work part-time or full-time while I am in the program?

Yes, GHE students may work during the time they are enrolled in the program. In the past, some of our students have worked part-time while others have worked on a full-time basis. With only a few exceptions, GHE courses are offered during the evenings beginning at either 4:40 or 7:15 p.m.  It is important to remember that the three-semester program is intensive, and that many courses are only offered once each year.

Can I ​start the program during the spring or summer semesters?

The structure of the program follows a cohort model, which means that all of the GHE students begin the program together in the fall.

For more information, please contact
Program Director Prof. Dr. Weijia Li
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
University of Wisconsin-Madison
253F Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
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