Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Higher Education Administration (HEA) Program Admissions


Master of Arts or Advanced Graduate Certificate

A. Personal statement. 

B. Resume that includes degree(s) awarded, employment history, and past/current leadership, volunteer, or other relevant involvement and experience.  The program accepts students who do not have professional experience in higher education, though the Admissions Committee gives preference to applicants who have some work experience and/or student leadership experience in a higher education setting. 

C. A bachelor’s degree, applicants with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA are preferred.  Applicants who have less than a 3.0 GPA are considered, in part, on the basis of their years and depth of professional experience in higher education.

D. Essay. Applicants are required to submit a 750-1000-word essay that addresses the following question:  What are three critical issues facing colleges and universities today?

E. Two letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should be written by individuals who can speak about your academic ability, commitment to the higher education field, and attributes and experiences that will make you a successful student in this program.  Recommendations from current or former employers and/or faculty members are strongly encouraged.

F. In those cases where the departmental admissions committee deems it desirable, personal interviews with departmental representatives may be necessary.