Higher Education Leadership

“A flexible, student-centered program producing future scholar-practitioner leaders in higher education”

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Higher Education Leadership graduate program prepares individuals who aspire to hold leadership positions in higher education. This program takes a scholar-practitioner approach, preparing students as future leaders in student affairs, academic affairs, intercollegiate athletics, and two-year college leadership. The faculty and instructors of this program each practice leadership in higher education as high-level administrators. Classroom experiences are grounded in theoretical concepts that guide organizational leadership, but focus primarily on practical application. Students who complete this program will have a strong understanding of how to implement policy, apply theory, collaborate across higher education units, and engage in critical decision-making processes. In short, students who graduate from this program are equipped to step directly into fast-paced higher education leadership roles.

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Why UWW?

A flexible student-centered approach is what truly sets this program apart. The program is comprised of 30 total credits. The program can be completed in 18 months, but can also be extended to 3 years. Classes are flexible in nature, and are offered in an evening format to cater to the needs of working adults. UW-Whitewater prides itself as a community powered by a rich tradition of excellence. We are committed to helping students tailor the program to their career and life.

Program Logistics

Students complete 6 foundational credits, 18 content-specific electives in higher education leadership, and a 6 credit capstone experience consisting of a 3 credit practicum and 3 credit career development course. Throughout the program, students will not only have the opportunity to learn from guest lecturers who work as current higher education leaders, but will be taught by Chief Student Affairs Offices, Program Directors, Athletics Directors, as well as faculty who have worked in the field and are content-area experts.

Program Welcome

Kristina NavarroHello, and welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Higher Education Leadership Program! The primary goal of this program is to develop aspiring higher education leaders into scholar-practitioners, combining hands-on practical experience with meaningful and engaging classroom interaction. Our program faculty is a dynamic group of current scholar-practitioners, who, together, have a wealth of diverse experiences as higher education leaders. We encourage you to view the profiles of each of our faculty members who will support your educational journey. What truly sets this program apart from others is the high impact, student-centered practices of our campus and faculty. When you join the UW-Whitewater Higher Education Leadership Program, you join the Warhawk family-a culture that is deeply rooted in preparing educators through practical experiences, holistic development, and lifelong learning opportunities. We look forward to your application and working with you on your educational journey.


Kristina M. Navarro, Ph.D., C.S.C.S.

Associate Professor

Associate Athletic Director for Student Development & Strategic Initiatives

Coordinator, Higher Education Leadership/Athletic Administration



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