MA in Higher Ed Admin

MA Program (36 Credits)

The MA program in Higher Education Administration prepares students for entry-level and mid-management level positions at public and private colleges or universities and community colleges in different areas of student affairs, such as:

  • Admissions and Enrollment
  • Financial services management
  • Residence halls administration
  • Religious and social activities coordination
  • Athletic and recreation administration
  • Health services
  • International student services
  • Other related areas
MA Curriculum

Common Core (minimum 15, with more credits available from variable credit courses):
LEAD600 Annual Leadership (0)
LEAD630 Introduction to Leadership (2)
EDAL655 Higher Education Finance and Technology (3)
EDAL667 Leadership in Higher Education (3)
EDAL680 Internship: (Topic) _____ (1)

EDCI 606 Teaching in Higher Education (or EDCI607)/or

LEAD644 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics (3)
EDFN500 Phil. Foundations for Professionals (3)

Concentration Area (minimum 17, with more credits available from variable credit courses):
EDAL640 Higher Education Law (3)
EDAL674 Administration of Student Services (3)
EDAL675 College Student Development Theory (3)
LEAD678 Higher Ed. Study Tour (6)
LEAD689 Seminar: Diversity Culture and Leadership (2)

Electives (As Needed)
In consultation with your advisor.

Educational Research (4)
EDRM505 Research Methods (3)
LEAD535  Principles of Academic Writing (1)



TOTAL MA degree credits (36)

To download an MA course plan template, go to course plans

Application Process

Applicants must meet School of Education admission requirements. Once accepted into this master's program, students must complete LEAD600 Leadership Orientation, an introduction to the philosophy of leadership and review of the standards that will guide their educational plan. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 36 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. Many courses are offered for variable credits; therefore, candidates should consider their credit needs when planning their course work and when registering for these courses. The portfolio serves as a component of the master's comprehensive examination. There is no thesis requirement for the master's degree program.