The M.S. in Higher Education Administration serves the purpose of preparing students for innovative and socially responsible leadership roles within higher education. Students will gain knowledge and leadership skills necessary to meet the growing challenges of working with and supporting a culturally diverse student population consisting of first generation students, underrepresented minorities, international students, and/or students who face the hardship of economic challenges.

Student pursuing an M.S. in Higher Education Administration may choose between a thesis and non-thesis option. Coursework for both options is offered entirely online.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission to the M.S. in Higher Education Administration:

  • Completed undergraduate degree (any major)
  • An official copy of all transcripts
  • GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Interview
  • No GRE score is required

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Coursework and Degree Requirements

The thesis option consists of 39 credit hours. This path is for those seeking upward mobility within the field of higher education in either student or academic affairs, as well as those seeking to further their academic research skills in preparation for doctoral study. Students who choose this path are required to take a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis research. The thesis option will require successful completion of the thesis defense.

The non-thesis option consists of 36 credit hours and successful completion of a practicum and comprehensive exam. This path is designed to give students a foundation in education research, while also focusing on content relevant to those who wish to work or are currently working in academic or student affairs. This general option gives students the ability to elect to complete a practicum course and submit an experiential project to complete degree requirements. All practicum students may select from the following options:

  • Select an administrative practicum in an area of interest
  • Select an experiential practicum focused on preparation for a national or regional conference
  • Select a written practicum focused on publication
  • Select a personalized practicum with your faculty advisor