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Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE)

Connect. Form. Inspire.

The Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development (MAHE) program at Taylor University is built on the foundation of a unique, longstanding institutional commitment to whole-person higher education. To prepare our students as leaders and educators, our instructional methodology teaches, models, and applies exemplary higher education practices from a Christian perspective.

Our Goal Is To:

  • Connect you to the best of higher educational research, thought, and practice.
  • Form change-agents who combine academic excellence, personal support, and Christ-centered vision.
  • Inspire your future work to encourage and serve college students, nurturing growth and fullness in all areas of their personal and professional lives.

Hear More About MAHE

Listen to Dr. Tim Herrmann, Graduate Chair and Professor of Higher Education, as he discusses how the MAHE program prepares students for careers in higher education.

MAHE Heritage

In the mid-1960s, Taylor University President Milo Rediger determined that student development programs played a critical role in the educational process. Rediger’s philosophy sees those who work in student affairs as teachers and their classrooms as residence halls, counseling offices, and student government meeting rooms on campus. From that point on, Taylor’s student development educators have been identified, trained, and positioned as members of the faculty.

Since 2007, MAHE has not only helped shape institutional operations and enhance community life at Taylor, but has also become partially responsible for the unique brand of whole-person education for which Taylor is known. MAHE was created so students could learn from those who have helped and are helping make Taylor’s student life so distinct from other colleges.

Accreditation & Professional Standards

The Higher Learning Commission accredits the academic programs of Taylor University. Taylor partners with these programs for continued quality improvement, disciplinary and professional expectations, and professional preparation in students affairs:

Why Choose MAHE at Taylor University?

The reputation and credibility of the MAHE program draws students from all over the country and even around the world. MAHE students learn from professors and professionals in the field of higher education in a Christian environment that cultivates community and discipleship.

If you have questions or want more information, please contact us!

How Will I Benefit Academically From Taylor’s MAHE Program?

Our faculty is comprised of experienced and highly-qualified professors who wholly invest in their students and the courses they teach. Taylor students are trained using the scholar-practitioner model. Key components of this model are thoughtful research and interactive classroom instruction with faculty and peers. This enables you to gain the knowledge, skills, values, and practical experiences necessary to deliver effective practices in higher education. You will complete a master’s thesis, which provides an excellent opportunity to make a scholarly contribution to the field of higher education. All credit hours are completed on campus in a traditional classroom setting.

What Experience Will I Gain Outside of the Classroom?

At Taylor, we value practical learning through assistantships. Because of this, every full-time MAHE student is guaranteed an assistantship while in the two-year program. This provides incredible learning opportunities and field experience for you as well as the undergraduate students whom you will be leading and serving.

You will also have the unique opportunity to participate in a 2-week study abroad experience in Wales as a capstone to the international higher education course. You will attend the Society for Research in Higher Education conference and annual meetings, and visit universities in the United Kingdom. This experience helps deepen your global understanding in ways that will equip you to serve and support the growing realm of international higher education.

What Makes Taylor’s MAHE Program Unique?

The MAHE program utilizes the cohort model, providing a distinctive learning experience with a small group of peers. Students come from a variety of institutions including small private colleges, large public universities, and institutions in between. These unique geographical and educational backgrounds bring significant diversity of experiences and perspectives to classroom discussion and interaction and contribute greatly to the cohort model.

We see this element as an essential part of how we encourage one another to seek the life to which God has called us. Living life together at Taylor provides educational, personal, relational, and spiritual accountability presenting growth opportunities we need to truly follow Christ.

Program Outcomes

A significant concern for all students upon graduation is finding a job.Of our employment-seeking graduates, more than 95% are currently or previously employed at colleges and universities across the country. Our graduates serve students in small private colleges, large public universities, and a number of institutions in between.

Our Graduates Have Pursued Higher Education Jobs After Graduation Including:

  • Admissions
  • Advancement
  • Alumni relations
  • Assessment
  • Athletics
  • Campus ministries
  • Career development
  • Global engagement
  • New student orientation
  • Post-graduate doctoral studies
  • Residence hall director
  • Residence life director
  • Social concerns
  • Social justice
  • Student leadership
  • Student programming

Taylor Masters of Higher Education Alumni are Employed in a Variety of Institutions All Over the Country


  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Biola University
  • Concordia University
  • George Fox University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Providence Christian College
  • Regis University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Simpson University
  • Westmont College
  • Whitworth University


  • Bard College
  • Community College of Allegheny County (PA)
  • Christopher Newport University (VA)
  • Dartmouth College
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Eastern Nazarene College
  • Gordon College
  • Grove City College
  • Houghton University
  • Messiah College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Virginia Tech


  • Anderson University (SC)
  • Asbury University
  • Baylor University
  • Belmont University
  • Bryan College
  • East Texas Baptist University
  • John Brown University
  • Houston Baptist University
  • LeTourneau University
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Southeastern University (FL)
  • Union University
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Montevallo (AL)
  • University of the South (Sewanee)


  • Bethel University (MN)
  • Cairn University
  • Calvin College
  • College of Wooster
  • Creighton University
  • Drury University
  • Duquesne University
  • Eastern University (PA)
  • Geneva College
  • Grace College
  • Grinnel College (IA)
  • Huntington University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Jackson College (MI)
  • Kansas State University
  • Malone University
  • Michigan State University
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • North Park University
  • Northwestern College (IA)
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Siena Heights University
  • Spring Arbor University
  • Taylor University
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Northwestern
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Washington University
  • Waynesburg University (PA)
  • Wheaton College


  • LCC International University
  • Sungkyunkwan University


One important feature of MAHE is the availability of on-campus assistantships. Every matriculated student, based on their personal area of interest, is placed in a graduate assistantship. Each assistantship is designed as an educational experience providing marketable skills as well as a stipend to help pay for tuition, books, housing, etc.

Assistantship Opportunities

The following departments host or have recently hosted a graduate assistantship position (additional positions may be added as approved):

  • Academic Affairs
  • Advancement
  • Assessment
  • Athletics
  • Career Development Office
  • Campus Ministries
  • Community and Global Outreach
  • Discipleship
  • Experiential Learning
  • First Year Experience
  • Honors Programming
  • Institute of ELS
  • Institutional Administration
  • Intercultural Programs
  • MAHE
  • Residence Life
  • Student Activitie
  • Student Leadership

Assistantship Placement Process

Accepted students will receive information regarding Assistantship Interview Day. This will include position descriptions for each available assistantship. To see descriptions of recent assistantships and to better understand the many types of assistantship opportunities offered, please view the Fall 2019 Assistantships.

All accepted and matriculated students are strongly encouraged to attend Assistantship Interview Day on March 6, 2020 at Taylor University.

  • The Assistantship Interview Day will allow students to interview with a variety of assistantship supervisors, as well as meet current students and faculty, and get connected with their new cohort.
  • If circumstances prevent a student from attending the Assistantship Interview Day, students and supervisors must conduct an interview via videoconference or teleconference prior to Interview Day.

Accepted students will be given more specific details in February.

Tuition and Financial Aid


Current course tuition in the program is $635 per credit hour. For more specific details regarding tuition and fees, view the MAHE Program Costs.

Every full-time student in the program will receive an assistantship assignment for each semester they are enrolled. Stipends for assistantships vary from a minimum of $3,500-$9,000 per year* to help with tuition and fees costs.

Please note, in addition to the $3,500 stipend, residence life graduate assistants also receive housing and seven meals per week.

Financial Aid and Student Loans

Graduate students at Taylor University are eligible for the Federal Stafford Loan and can generally borrow up to the full cost of attendance (tuition and fees, books and materials, computer, room and board, etc.).

  • You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing Taylor University Upland 001838 as a recipient of the data.
  • FAFSA must be complete each academic year (July 1-June 30 for federal aid purposes).
  • FAFSA should be completed 2-3 months before the student needs the loan.

Upon receipt of the student’s FAFSA data, Taylor University’s Financial Aid Office will review the data and may request additional information if necessary. Once the file is complete, the Financial Aid Office will send an Award Letter identifying your loan eligibility, and providing detailed instructions for completing the loan and application process.


We offer a limited number of scholarships each year to qualified students. These are merit-based scholarships awarded every spring to students who are enrolled in the program. Thus, you would be eligible once you have begun your studies. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award during the summer in between their first and second year in the program.

Outside Employment

In order to fully experience the educational and professional opportunities available to students, outside employment (above and beyond assistantship work) is limited to 10 hours per week and must be approved in advance by the MAHE program and the assistantship supervisor.


Taylor University is seeking applicants who are committed to preparing themselves professionally and personally. Applicants must possess or anticipate a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university and should demonstrate undergraduate and/or professional experience related to student development or other higher education leadership

Completed applications for the MAHE Program will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis until each fall cohort has reached enrollment capacity.

The following application items are required for our Master of Arts in Higher Education & Student Development application process:

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Application Process

Admissions Application

The following application materials must be completed by one of our three application deadlines: October 15, December 1, or January 31*.

  1. Admissions Narrative
    • Work Experience (professional, student or other) related to higher education and/or student development
    • Personal qualities likely to lend to your success in the field of higher education
    • Professional goals
    • Educational goals
  2. Resumé
    You will upload this during the online application.
  3. Transcripts
    Submit official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions to Taylor University via mail (address provided during online application process).
  4. References
    Submit email addresses for three references: two academic (or one academic, one student leadership) and one pastoral.

*Application Fee: If applying after January 31st, a non-refundable $100 application fee must be made at the end of the application process.

Admissions Interview

We will schedule an admissions interview with you beginning in January.

On-campus interviews are highly recommended. If you are unable to make it for an in-person interview, a video or phone conference interview is required.

Assistantship Interview Day

All students accepted into MAHE will receive a Graduate Assistantship position.

Updated assistantship opportunities and more information concerning Assistantship Interview Day will be communicated after admissions decisions are made. To see descriptions of recent assistantships and to better understand the many types of assistantship opportunities offered, please read the provided assistantship information.

Matriculation Fee

After being accepted into the program you may choose to either send a check payable to Taylor University to the following address:

MA in Higher Education
Heather Sandlin-Ayres lower level
236 West Reade Ave.
Upland, IN 46989

Or you may pay your Matriculation Fee online by selecting the third payment option -- Graduate Matriculation Fee.

Additional Information
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for admission; those below this level will be considered if they submit acceptable, official scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • The program is limited to 15-20 students each year.
  • Only candidates with completed applications will be considered for acceptance.
  • While interviews may be conducted in January, the enrollment committee will not review applications prior to January 31, and acceptance/rejection/waiting list notifications will not be sent until February.
  • On-campus interviews are highly recommended.
  • Please contact us if you have questions about this process.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Tim Herrmann
Graduate Chair & Professor of Higher Education

Dr. Skip Trudeau
Vice President for Student Development & Associate Professor of Higher Education

Dr. Drew Moser
Dean of Experiential Learning & Associate Professor of Higher Education

Dr. Todd C. Ream
Professor of Higher Education

Dr. Kim Case
Director of Assessment and Quality Improvement & Higher Education Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Scott Gaier
Director of Academic Enrichment Center & Associate Professor of Higher Education

Dr. Kelly Yordy
Assistant Professor of Higher Education & Director of Program Services

Charlie Brainer
Associate Dean of International Programs & Asian Initiative & Associate Professor of English Language Teaching Department

Debby Cheruiyot Bii
Assistant Director of OIP / Director of International Student Programs

Dr. Dara Berkhalter
Visiting Professor of Higher Education

Heather Sandlin
Higher Education Program Assistant

Hannah Gumbert
Higher Education Graduate Assistant

Morgan Allison
Higher Education Graduate Assistant

Visit Us

Are you interested in our Higher Education Master’s program? We encourage you to come to Taylor University for a visit to learn more about our unique program. We would love the opportunity to meet with you in person, so please contact us to schedule a visit.

Visit options include:

  • Participating in a class (classes are only on Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Taking a campus tour
  • Attending chapel (chapels are only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
  • Eating a complimentary lunch on campus
  • Meeting with current MAHE students, faculty members, or alumni
  • Staying overnight with a current MAHE student

Email hannah_gumbert@taylor.edu or morgan_allison@taylor.edu for more information or to RSVP to either of these events.