Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership

This graduate-level program is designed to prepare you for leadership roles in college and university settings.  Your knowledge will be enriched in leadership, research, responsibilities and challenges in higher education and other organizational settings.  The knowledge and skills gained from this program opens opportunities for employment and research in community, tribal, national and global organizations.

Program Mission

The mission of the M.S. in Leadership program is to prepare graduates who have the professional knowledge and skills to be effective leaders who are committed to service, excellence, and collaboration, and who are, and who in turn, inspire and empower individuals within their realm of influence to be caring, socially responsible citizens.   

Program Goals

The Goals of the Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership are:

  • to provide leaders with the vital knowledge and skills to be effective leaders in today’s complex world; leaders who are committed to service, fairness, equity, and cross-disciplinary collaboration in diverse communities and the global venue.
  • to empower leaders to be change agents who creatively solve leadership challenges in a complex, interdependent world.
  • to prepare leaders who think critically, communicate clearly, analyze and apply research judiciously, collaborate ethically, and act decisively toward the best achievable outcomes.
  • to facilitate professional growth and commitment to life-long learning. 

Program Outcomes

  • Synthesize the knowledge and skills to be an effective leader.
  • Exhibit respect and preserve the dignity of others. 
  • Exhibit a commitment to service and to collaborate in diverse communities.
  • Exhibit the ability to be a change agent who can creatively solve leadership challenges.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically think and communicate clearly.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and apply research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate ethically towards achievable outcomes.
  • Exhibit a commitment to professional growth and life-long learning.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Be admitted to the NSU Graduate College.
  • Take and have a satisfactory score on either the MAT or GRE.
  • Submit:
    • Three sealed letters of recommendations from professional or academic sources.
    • A Leadership Philosophy: long term career goals: and a master's degree will facilitate the stated goals. (See Statement of Understanding for specific guidelines)
    • All college transcripts
    • Program Admission form with personal information provided by the applicant.

Program Information

Campus Available at

  • Tahlequah
  • Broken Arrow
  • Online


Dr. Renee Cambiano

Dr. Renee Cambiano

Program Chair
Higher Education Leadership, M.S.
Bagley 124
(918) 444-3741

Dr. O. Susan Frusher

Higher Education Leadership, M.S.
Bagley 106
(918) 444-3714

Dr. Maria Christian

Assistant Professor
BAED 245
(918) 449-6522