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Stony Brook University's Higher Education Administration program is designed to provide the academic preparation and credentials necessary for college and university professionals to enhance their expertise and advance their careers. The programs combine aspects of theory and practice within the changing landscape of American higher education. It is suitable for individuals working in community colleges, 4-year colleges and universities—both public and private—as well as government agencies that address higher education planning and regulation.

Two Program Options: Master of Arts and Advanced Graduate Certificate

The 36-credit Master of Arts degree offers a comprehensive program of study that explores student affairs, academic affairs, and college and university administration. Students complete a 15-credit core requirement and then choose from a variety of electives that address their individual interests. The program provides an optional experiential learning practicum and culminates in a master's project.

The 18-credit Advanced Graduate Certificate is designed to deliver the core knowledge of the administrative processes that drive higher education institutions.

Flexible Scheduling: On-campus, Fully Online or In Combination

To meet the demands of working professionals, courses are offered weeknights on-campus or completely online. Students may choose to combine both face-to-face and online courses in our traditional Higher Education Administration (HEA) program, or they may apply to the HEA Online program and take all of their courses via the internet. Online students are never required to come to campus.

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Academic Excellence

Stony Brook University, a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, is ranked in the top 100 public universities by U.S. News and World Report and in the 100 best values in public colleges by Kiplinger. The University is fully accredited by the Middle States Association and its online and on-campus Higher Education Administration programs are approved by the New York State Education Department.



Our faculty is composed of practitioners and researchers who are leaders in the field—including deans, provosts, and directors— who represent a range of colleges and universities. While they may present at national conferences and publish in respected journals, most also retain their full-time administrative positions. Their experience informs their instruction, allowing them to connect the theories that they are teaching to the real-world situations that face higher education professionals. This applied approach benefits students who are currently working in the field. From their very first course, students can start using what they have learned to improve their professional practice.



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Diverse Student Body

There are approximately 300 students matriculated in our Higher Education Administration programs. Most are working full time while taking courses on a part-time basis. They come from a variety of institutions — from small private colleges to large state universities — and hold positions in student affairs, residence life, admissions, advancement, financial aid and administration. One of the benefits of our online courses is that our students have the opportunity to interact with and learn from their peers outside of their region, allowing them to build a broad network of professional contacts that will serve them even after graduation.

Student Accomplishments

HEA students are establishing themselves as leaders in their respective institutions. Check out some of their achievements on our HEA News page.



Dr. Shih and Students in ChinaStudy Abroad

Higher Education Administration students have the opportunity to gain international perspectives on higher education as part of a 15-day study-tour.

Students enroll in HEA 560 Comparative University Systems. The three-credit course places international education in the context of the current day Chinese society, combining campus visits and lectures by local professors with excursions to major cultural attractions.

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HEA Community News

Want to find out what is happening with HEA students, faculty and alumni? Do you have some news that would be of interest to our HEA community? Do you want to let us know about an HEA student or alumna who has a new job or has received special recognition? Let us know so we can spread the word.

Careers in Higher Education ConferenceRegistration is now open for our 5th annual conference.

Study Abroad in ChinaDetails are now posted!

Recent News and Updates

  • Obed Figueroa '14 Publishes Paper in Medical Journal
  • Seawolves New QB/HEA Student John Kinder in the Spotlight!
  • HEA Program Ranked 5th in the Nation!
  • Nicole Feml Receives Award from the New York State Middle School Association
  • Careers in Higher Education Conference
  • Samantha Kloeckener and Ally Kocivar '13 Receive Awards at CSPA NYS
  • Study Abroad Students To Present Papers at Conference on Comparative and International Education
  • Theresa M. Dereme Appointed Interim Assistant Dean and Director of Counseling at Suffolk County Community College

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