Course: Specialist MBA in Higher Education Management

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We outline here aspects of MBA programs with a higher education management specialism. Look elsewhere on this site to consider in broad terms the relative merits of generalised MBA or specialised MBA provision, full-time MBA or part-time MBA.

Among the few programs around the world offering a specialist MBA for higher education managers is the two-year, part-time course in Higher Education (HE) Management held at the University of London Institute of Higher Education, United Kingdom. HE institutions are multi-million pound organisations which require effective management to meet their objectives, whether academic, financial or in their wider commitment to society.

Taught in one-week residential blocks, this MBA is aimed at HE managers who have a good honours degree and at least four years' experience of higher education management. The program offers high-level professional development in the area of HE management, a managerial qualification, insights into new areas of management, and the opportunity to become part of a senior HE management network. The course content includes: higher education institutions as organisations: their strategic management; the management of financial and physical resources in HE; the management of teaching and research in HE; marketing in higher education; and institutional governance in HE. There are a number of optional modules. Assessment is via 5,000-word written assignments after each module, a consultancy project or dissertation, and syndicate work.

Also in the United Kingdom, the Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy at Southampton (CHEMPaS) offers options in HE Management within the University of Southampton MBA program.

CHEMPaS aims to integrate high level academic research with professional practice in all aspects of higher education management and policy.

Options units include:

  • Strategic Issues and Evaluation in Higher Education (double option)
  • Organisation and Management in Higher Education (double option)
  • Resource Management in Higher Education (double option)

Looking ahead

There are other higher education management specialisms available around the world, based on full-time, part-time and distance-learning approaches. Take your time to explore and compare what is on offer, before you decide on the next step.

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