Higher Education Administration

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Why Higher Education Administration?

The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration program provides the theoretical foundation combined with the real-world application of skills graduates need to achieve and excel in mid-level and leadership roles across higher education.

The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration program is designed to provide working professionals with the foundation to understand the structure, governance, and operation of various higher education organizations, and integrates opportunities for students to discuss current trends and issues in higher education. Students are provided the opportunity to develop solutions to real-world problems drawn from their work environment that can be readily deployed in their own work setting.

The online, interactive learning and group project-based work format allow students to network and build global connections. The MEd in Higher Education Administration has a strong foundation in experiential learning, offering ways for students to apply theory to practice through the Experiential Network (XN) or case studies. XN facilitates opportunities for students to work on short-term, real-world projects to complement their academic work.  

Students and alumni of the program are invited to participate in the Graduate School of Education residency poster session, a networking opportunity where attendees exchange ideas on innovation and change work in the field.

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Unique Features

  • Our program can be completed 100% online, and in as little as two years
  • Students and alumni of the program are invited to participate in the Graduate School of Education residency poster session, a networking opportunity where attendees exchange ideas on innovation and change work in the field
  • Students will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Education Digital Commons, an online networking platform where faculty and students can build community, solve cases, and showcase accomplishments
  • Senior leaders in higher education contributed to the design of the program curriculum and provided input around in-demand skills they look for in new hires, providing our program industry validation and credibility

Program Objectives

  • Identify local, national, and global disruptions and their impact on higher education policy and practice to participate in and lead change within the higher education sector
  • Analyze problems in higher education and recommend innovative solutions grounded in historical awareness and applied theory and driven by data
  • Integrate principles of social justice and inclusion into various functional areas within higher education
  • Engage in lifelong learning to continuously hone and improve skills, specifically in areas of technology proficiency and the ability to interpret federal, state, and institutional laws, regulations, and policies to design and implement policies and procedures during compliance
  • Apply key higher education competencies, such as budgeting, crisis management, collaboration, change agency, problem-solving, technology literacy, and data-driven decision making, through experiential learning opportunities

Career Outlook

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations
  • Graduates of the program can work in a multitude of institutions, such as research universities, community colleges, public colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, or higher education agencies
  • Professional pathways include:
    • Program Director
    • Assistant Dean for Student Services
    • Executive Director of Academic Advising
    • Assistant Director
    • Director of Financial Aid
    • Director of Admissions
    • Associate Director of Financial Aid
    • Assistant Dean of Admissions
    • Associate Director of International Education
    • International Engagement Leadership Advisor
    • Assistant Director of Global Initiatives
    • Academic Advisor

What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Education in Higher Education Administration General Requirements

*For current students who entered the Master of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration prior to Fall 2019, click here to see the curriculum.

EDU 6051 - Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
EDU 6204 - The Foundations of Higher Education

Required Courses

EDU 6205 - The Demographics of the New College Student
EDU 6217 - The History of Colleges and Universities
EDU 6218 - Money Matters: Financial Management in Higher Education
EDU 6219 - Higher Education Law and Policy
EDU 6234 - Program Evaluation, Assessment, and Accreditation in Higher Education


EDU 6222 - Contemporary Issues Capstone


Complete 12 quarter hours at the EDU 6000 level or choose from the following courses:

CMN 6050 - Crisis Communication
CMN 6065 - Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities
CMN 6045 - Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
NPM 6110 - Legal and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6120 - Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6130 - Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6140 - Grant and Report Writing

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

Did You Know?

Higher education job growth for administrators is expected to grow by 19% by 2020.

Flexible Format

The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration is 100% online and can be completed within two years. 

Average Time to Completion

1-2 years



Entry Terms


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