To earn an EMPS in Global Higher Education, you must successfully complete 10 courses (30 credits total). The curriculum combines online learning activities with weeklong on-site residencies. You will progress through the 21-month program as a cohort, with classes beginning in the fall of the academic year. 

Course Schedule

Fall Semester 1

  • Ethics in Global Higher Education (3 credits)
  • Comparative Higher Education (3 credits)

Spring Semester 1

  • Applied Research in Global Higher Education (3 credits)
  • Global Perspectives 1 (3 credits)

Summer Semester 1

  • Global Perspectives 2 (online; 3 credits)
  • Economics & Finance in Higher Education (3 credits)

Fall Semester 2

  • Law & Policy in Global Higher Education (3 credits)
  • Leadership in Global Higher Education (3 credits)
  • Capstone Proposal (0 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • Capstone (6 credits)

During four of the courses, the cohort comes together for a one-week residency that integrates critical-thinking exercises, hands-on practice, and engagements with some of the world’s top education industry experts and organizations. In between these residencies, you’ll engage in real-time online study, developing a deeper understanding of key concepts and industry best practices through individual coursework, readings, and group discussions.

Residency Travel Schedule 2018–2020*

Ethics in Global Higher Education | Washington, D.C. | September 10–14, 2018
Global Perspectives | Doha, Qatar | March 18–22, 2019
Leadership in Global Higher Education | Location Outside U.S. | September 9–13, 2019

Working with the Institute for Transformational Leadership, you will develop your personal leadership aptitudes and preferences, and learn how to adapt your own leadership styles to succeed in different cultural settings.

Capstone | Washington, D.C. | March 2–6, 2020

Integrate the knowledge and skills you have learned throughout the program to strategically solve an institutional problem while performing the multifaceted roles of leader, advisor, and educator.

To participate in the program, you must be on site for each weeklong residency. Seven nights of lodging and some meals are covered by regular tuition; however, you will be expected to make and finance your own transportation arrangements for each course’s on-site venue.

*All information—including statements of tuition and fees, course offerings, locations, dates, and deadlines—is subject to change without notice or obligation.