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Master of Arts (MA) in
Higher Education Administration


Program Overview

Through the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration degree program, you will learn leadership principles designed to advance your professional career in higher education.

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Prepare for a Career in Higher Education

You will learn from faculty credentialed in higher education and cover topics in all aspects of the field. Through a curriculum covering a variety of pertinent topics in the field, you will gain a broad-based understanding that expands your skill set and increases your understanding of higher education institutions.

Career opportunities in higher education span across a number of different areas such as advancement, business and financial services, advising, facilities management, alumni relations, distance education, financial aid, admissions, enrollment management, and international programs.

All undergraduate majors are welcome to apply.

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  • Application DeadlineJuly 15 for fall admission; November 1 for spring admission; April 15 for summer admission
  • Required For EntranceBachelor's degree
  • Other Program Specifics*Test scores are not required


The MA in Higher Education Administration consists of 36 credit hours and is designed for students seeking to enter a range of professional careers in postsecondary education. Please note that courses are subject to change.

  • AHE 500 Perspectives on Higher Education Administration
  • AHE 503 Learning with Technology in Higher Education
  • AHE 507 Student Development Theory I
  • AHE 520 The Student in Higher Education
  • AHE 540 Organization and Governance
  • AHE 550 Financing Higher Education
  • AHE 593 Student Affairs Capstone Seminar
  • AHE 645 Higher Education/Student Affairs Assessment
  • AHE 680 Readings in Higher Education
  • AHE 685 Implementing Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives in Higher Education Practice
  • BER 540 Statistical Methods in Education

Choose one from the following list:

  • AHE 505 Grant, Project, and Research Work in Higher Education
  • AHE 603 College and University Teaching
  • AHE 644 Seminar in Academic Program Development and Evaluation
  • AHE 670 Higher Education Policy


Admission to the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration requires the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a 3.0 average for the last 60 hours in a degree program, or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • A five-page writing sample describing a problem that faces higher education today (nationally), analyzing salient points of the issue, and evaluating potential solutions. The writing sample should demonstrate formal writing and should include appropriate citations.  Applicants may submit an academic paper in lieu of the five-page essay, preferably on a recent topic related to higher education.

A completed application package includes unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a Graduate School application.

Application Deadlines:

  • July 15 – fall admission
  • April 15 – summer admission
  • November 1 – spring admission

*Test scores are not required.


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