The 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 curriculum combines 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 in Higher Education Administration offers a comprehensive program of study that explores student affairs, academic affairs, and college and university administration. Students complete a 18-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.
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. Learn more about e-learning at the School of Professional Development.
A 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.