Stony Brook University's School of Professional Development offers graduate programs designed to provide the academic preparation and credentials necessary for college and university professionals to enhance their expertise and advance their careers.
The program 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 30-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.
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.
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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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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As of 2012, we have about 200 current students 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.
Higher Education Administration at Stony Brook Manhattan
The School of Professional Development is expanding its Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration Program to the Stony Brook Manhattan campus. Now is your opportunity to join a face-to-face cohort of higher education practitioners and complete your Master’s degree in 17 months (excluding summer).
Study Abroad to China
The Higher Education Administration program has a new study abroad opportunity for Summer 2013. The 15-day study-tour provides an opportunity to gain international perspectives on higher education while earning 3 graduate credits. Students will travel to major cities and visit five of China's premier universities.
Students earn credit for a new course, Comparative University Systems: Higher Education and Educational Philosophy in China. The 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 attraction.
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