Course Details

Fall Semester 1

MPHE 500: Ethics in Global Higher Education
Higher education professionals must have a solid ethical framework from which they can make decisions in all areas of higher education, from program development and implementation to student services and finance. Working within global higher education requires professionals to hone their understanding and appreciation of other ethical frameworks across cultures as well. Where do ethical dilemmas arise across cultures and how do we implement plans that respect and challenge these frameworks as well as our own? This course covers professional ethics with an emphasis on accountability and responsibility in global higher education incorporating philosophy, social justice, historical interpretation, case studies, and conceptual analysis. As part of this course, students will meet on campus for a week-long DC residency. 

MPHE 550: Comparative Global Higher Education
Central to this program is the assumption that higher education institutions from all regions around the world are innately global and that academic professionals must therefore understand the central issues affecting those institutions and regions from a cross-national, multi-cultural perspective. The definition, goals, and impacts of being “global” in the US differ from institutions in Europe, Asia, South America, and the MENA regions. Students will explore global trends in the expansion of higher education; international study and its impact domestically and at foreign institutions; and the impact of universities politically, culturally, and socially. Topics in this course vary based upon the pre-determined location of the first Global Studies course.

Spring Semester 1

MPHE 600: Applied Research in Global Higher Education
In this course, students develop an understanding of research methodologies and statistical analyses, learn how to formulate applied research projects, conduct a literature review, collect data, and critique and evaluate research. Building upon the Ethics course, they also evaluate their ethical responsibilities as researchers. Taken concurrently with the first Global Perspectives course, students learn how to identify and approach issues related to global higher education. This course also provides students with the skills needed to prepare for and complete the Capstone Proposal.

MPHE 650: Global Perspectives 1
Students in this course will complete a week-long residency at a pre-determined international location. For this study tour, students are assigned a particular “real world” challenge faced by the institution they are visiting. They will spend the semester working in teams to create practical solutions that could be implemented by the institution, combining hands-on experience with applied research. The objectives of this Global Perspectives course are (1) to increase students’ understanding of education in a foreign setting; (2) to create practical solutions to issues within an international context; and, (3) to improve their problem-solving ability, analytical skills, skills of synthesis, and communication skills.

Summer Semester 1

MPHE 651: Global Perspectives 2
In contrast to the first Global Perspectives course, which is built around group-based problem-solving in an international setting, this section of Global Perspectives serves as an individualized practicum. Students work with their academic advisor to select an institution with a specific issue they would like to explore. The institution could be an association, a community college, a public or private college/university, a government agency, or a non-profit focused on global higher education. Students submit a proposal with an identified office, on-site professional administrator, and project description in advance of enrolling.

MPHE 700: Economics & Finance in Higher Education
This course provides a broad overview of issues related to financial management in higher education covering such topics as: budget management, program development, resource allocation, long range planning, debt management, financial statement analysis, risk management, student recruitment and enrollment, and fundraising. Students will learn how these various areas intersect, particularly when focusing on challenges within global higher education. Students will examine how macroeconomic changes impact higher education as a whole and their institution in particular, examining the forces that drive revenues and expenditures within their institutions. For example, institutions that have focused on building country-specific programs (or programs targeting students from those countries) have found their financial plans upended when those regions have experienced unexpected and sharp economic downturns.

Fall Semester 2

MPHE 750: Law & Policy in Global Higher Education
This course addresses significant legal and policy issues related to higher education in a global context. Included are such topics as religious freedom, free speech, and due process; intellectual property; the liability of educational institutions and educators; student and parent privacy rights; disability rights; and the promotion of educational equity among diverse groups regardless of gender, sexual orientation, language, race, religion, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. 

MPHE 800: Leadership in Global Higher Education
This course provides students with an overview of leadership concepts and theories applied to higher education. Working with the SCS Institute for Transformational Leadership, students will develop an understanding of their own personal leadership aptitudes and preferences, study how leaders are viewed in different cultural settings, and learn how to adapt their leadership styles to succeed in those settings. Students will spend a week-long residency at pre-determined institution abroad (possible sites include GU-Qatar, China, South America) to gather real-life, real-time experiences.

MPHE 850: Capstone Proposal
In this non-credit, required course, students will identify an issue within global higher education (ideally from one of the Global Perspectives courses); describe an approach to addressing that specific issue; describe the methodology for their research, including whether or not human subjects will be included; and format a preliminary literature review and selected bibliography. Students cannot enroll in Capstone until completing this course successfully.

Spring Semester 2

MPHE 900: Capstone
This course focuses on the comprehensive skills students have built throughout the program. Students will complete a problems-based research project developed from one of their Global Perspectives courses and more concretely planned in their Capstone Proposal. Students will work one-on-one with a faculty advisor and defend their findings before a body of external professionals and academics at the end of the semester.