Requirements and Curriculum | Taylor University

Additional graduation requirements

AssistanceEach MAHE student is assigned a two-year on-campus graduate assistantship based on their individual needs. Scholarships are available for tuition and fees of $7,500-$9,000 per year. Each internship is designed as an educational experience that provides marketable skills.

Practice: In addition to two years of on-campus assistantship experience, you will have at least one additional job opportunity at Taylor or an institution of your choice to add to your work experience.

thesis: You will have the opportunity to conduct original research through a faculty-supervised thesis project.

Curriculum development

Taylor’s institutional commitment to research and continuous improvement in educational offerings helps Taylor’s graduates stand out in a competitive academic environment. Since the launch of the MAHE program in 2007, leaders have responded to the changing landscape of higher education and alumni feedback. Some examples of significant changes include:

  • Adding to England and Wales’ signature international trip for second-year students to study international comparative higher education. Students and faculty attend international higher education conferences where students present their original research to an international community of higher education scholars and practitioners.
  • New course content that explores cultural issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion from a biblical perspective.
  • A new course studying college student mental health.

Learning outcomes

The MAHE program is designed to equip graduates to serve in a variety of higher education roles and contexts. In accordance with this objective and recognized professional standards, the program focuses on the following learning outcomes.

1. Education and development of college students

Program graduates will be able to identify key elements and issues of college student development and demonstrate the ability to apply developmental insights to professional practice.

  • Counseling and Referral: Graduates will demonstrate basic counseling skills and knowledge needed to provide referrals to students seeking professional mental health care.
  • Student Learning: Graduates will have knowledge of student learning styles and demonstrate proficiency in promoting, developing, and implementing a “seamless curriculum.”
  • Spiritual Growth: Graduates demonstrate personal spiritual maturity and faith and a clear ability to practice effectively and appropriately. Additionally, graduates possess the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and encourage spiritual formation in others. This result forms the foundation of this Christ-centered program and the philosophy of humanity of its graduates.

2. Leadership for change

Graduates demonstrate an understanding of theoretical and practical principles for managing change. Additionally, graduates develop a personal leadership model and gain experience assisting with undergraduate leadership development initiatives.

  • Management and Administration: Graduates will be familiar with the specific management, organizational and governance issues and structures in higher education. In addition, they demonstrate the ability to move and work effectively within these structures.
  • Higher Education Finance: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to develop and manage higher education finance and funding structures, as well as institutional and departmental budgets.
  • Program Development: Graduates demonstrate the theoretical understanding and organizational skills necessary to develop and implement effective educational curricula and programs.
  • Legal Issues in Higher Education: Graduates gain exposure to legal concepts and issues in higher education and demonstrate practical knowledge by working with legal counsel.
  • Global Engagement: Graduates understand higher education in a global context and are prepared to work effectively in diverse cultural environments.
  • Current Issues and Trends in Higher Education. Graduates demonstrate knowledge and understanding of significant issues and trends in higher education. In addition, they will have a practical understanding of methods for identifying and evaluating current developments.

3. Educational values, philosophy and history

Graduates will have knowledge of the philosophical, psychological, and sociological underpinnings of American higher education. Additionally, you can discern the important implications of these foundations for program and curriculum design and implementation.

  • History of Higher Education: Graduates will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key historical events, movements, and trends that have shaped American higher education.

4. Research, scholarship and evaluation

Graduates will demonstrate research competence necessary for the purposes of program evaluation and improvement, the development of optimal educational practice, and the advancement of knowledge in the field. Students will engage in original research and have opportunities to present and publish findings professionally.

  • Evaluation: Graduates will demonstrate the principles of program evaluation, the skills needed to construct similar evaluations, and knowledge of how to incorporate evaluation findings into continuous quality improvement.

5. Experiential learning

Graduates gain professional experience by participating in a variety of practicum and internship opportunities.

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