Since 2007, the IHE began to recruit graduate students for a research degree majoring in higher education study. Subject to certain restrictions on class sizes, approximately 8-10 applicants are expected to obtain admissions per year. At present, we have 28 full-time students. Part-time registration is unavailable. Qualified candidates would be award a degree named Master of Education after a period of three years' study.

The Master courses are designed to appeal to anyone who is interested in higher education study. It particularly emphasizes laws, management science, comparative pedagogy, and history of higher education in China and abroad. The graduates will work as administrators in governments, or researchers and staff members in institutions of higher education.