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About the Program

A university plays a powerful role in shaping the future of society, and we need leaders who are innovative, thoughtful, and socially responsible to help guide students toward success. Our MS in Higher Education Administration can help propel you upward in student or academic affairs, while preparing you to support learners from all backgrounds.

You see, we believe understanding the needs of diverse student populations—including first-generation students, underrepresented minorities, international students, those facing economic hardships, and more—will help you make a real difference in their education experience. That's why we designed a curriculum to give you specific leadership skills required in this field. In fact, we have three paths you can pursue to get there, depending on your career and academic goals. One of the best parts? Courses for all the options are available online. If you want to complete a thesis—ideal for those interested in research and eventually pursuing a doctoral degree—you'll complete 39 hours of coursework. That includes six hours of thesis research. Or, maybe you're already working in higher education, or you're ready to jump right into the field. If so, a non-thesis track, which is 36 hours of coursework, might be a better fit. We also offer an Academic Advising track. You will complete a practicum course and then submit an experiential project. Whichever way you choose, our goal is to prepare you to make a real impact in higher education.


  • Thesis
  • Non-Thesis
  • Academic Advising
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Advocacy

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100% Online

This program can be taken completely online.

Program Director

Dr. Mary Ann Bodine Al-Sharif

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