Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice

Become a leader in higher education with our fully online M.Ed.

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Bellarmine’s M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice is a 30-hour, fully online master’s program that provides students with the breadth of knowledge and professional experiences to be able to lead and serve in a variety of entry and mid-level positions in higher education.

Why earn your higher-ed M.Ed at Bellarmine?

Our curriculum in higher education theory and social justice principles addresses the professional standards, skills and personal development necessary to work and lead in higher education.

Career Prospects
The degree prepares students to engage and direct student learning through professional positions in student life, academic affairs, athletics and a multitude of administrative positions across the campus in a variety of higher education settings. That includes traditional undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities, community colleges, for-profit institutions, online higher educational institutions and professional undergraduate and graduate settings. The degree also prepares students to work in other functional areas in higher education, such as advancement and business and finance.

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Program highlights:

  • Earn your M.Ed. while working full-time
  • Online courses for this program are offered in convenient, 8-week sessions for the working student
  • In-depth study of leadership theory and application in higher education and social justice.
  • 100% online delivery
  • Practitioner-focused curriculum
  • Capstone internship and portfolio development
  • Affordable, quality academic learning experience
  • Begin program in fall, spring, or summer
  • Full-time or part-time course load
  • 30 credit hours total
  • Complete coursework in as little as three semesters
  • One-on-one program advising and mentorship
  • No work experience or GRE test scores required for admittance
  • Program designed for professionals in higher education settings, as well as private and non-profit educational agencies, government and community agencies, and those interested in a career change.

Alumni Stories

Taylor Street

“This program focuses on social justice and covers topics that are relevant to today's student populations. Also, the tuition rate for the program is actually much less than similar online programs. The classes are a great, 8-week format that lets me focus on class while still working a full-time job and having ‘me time.’ The instructors are great and come with a significant amount of knowledge and expertise to the courses. The classes keep my interest and are practical for everyday functioning.”

Taylor Street '19

John Siason

“I want to be an exemplary leader in higher education with a focus on diversity, intersectionality, and social justice, so Bellarmine's dedication to addressing issues of inequity greatly appealed to me. I like our small class sizes and the expertise, mentorship, guidance and continuous advising that our professors provide.”

John Siason '20

Faculty Profiles


Donald "DJ" Mitchell Jr., Ph.D. is chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, professor of education, and chair of the M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice Program at Bellarmine University. DJ's research and scholarship focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, primarily using qualitative methodology. More specifically, his work theoretically and empirically explores race, gender, identity intersections, and intersectionality within higher education contexts.

DJ earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Shaw University, the first historically Black institution in the South, a Master of Science in educational leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration with a concentration in higher education from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.

Adjunct Faculty

  • Adriel A. Hilton, Ph.D., Dean of Students and Diversity Officer, Seton Hill University
  • Eve Hudson, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Strategist, The Purpose Professor, LLC
  • James Hudson, Ph.D., Instructor of University Studies and Educational Technology, Johnston Community College
  • Melvin (Jai) Jackson, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Student Success, College of Education, North Carolina State University
  • Dana Malone, Ph.D., Independent Scholar and Author
  • Sean McGreevey, Ph.D., Dean of Students, Bellarmine University

Admission Requirements

There are no work or GRE test scores required for this program. A grade point average of 3.0 or better for undergraduate work or a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is recommended. For an explanation of admission procedures, please visit our admission page.

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