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Master of Arts Higher Education

The Higher Education Administration Master of Arts Program is an  online graduate program designed to enhance leadership skills and prepare students for academic administration and student affairs positions. Using a personalized program of study, students will become familiar with the intricacies of higher education institutions, and build particular knowledge and skill-sets within a core area that is of interest to them.

Program features include:

  • Students can complete classes 100% online, or can choose a mix of online and on-campus classes
  • Part-time or full-time enrollment options
  • Courses can be taken from any geographic location
  • Flexible program of study (2-8 years to complete the program)
  • Advanced learning platform technologies
  • Courses taught by full-time faculty and senior administrators
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Guide to Achieving a Graduate Degree in Higher Education Administration

Program Requirements

This 30 credit hour online program can be completed within two to eight years either as a part-time or full-time student. Working with an advisor, students complete a program of study that includes a capstone experience.

To graduate, students must earn at least a 3.25 grade point average on all program work and any course with a grade less than C will not count towards graduation. Also, coursework taken more than eight years prior to the date of graduation may not be counted towards the hours needed for completion of this master's degree.

The purchase of the 6th edition Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association* a webcam, and computer headset with microphone are required prior to the start of the program.
*Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010.

Required Foundation Courses (18 Credits)

Common Core (12 credits)

  • HIED 648 History of American Higher Education
  • HIED 649 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
  • HIED 650 Higher Education Administration
  • HIED 651 College Student Development

Research Core or other Approved Courses (6 credits)

  • HIED 693L Quantitative Data Management Education
  • HIED 762 College Student Research
  • EDP 612 Introduction to Research
  • EDP 613 Statistical Methods
  • EDP 617 Program Evaluation
  • SCFD 615 Qualitative Research methods

Electives and Support Area Examples (9 credits)

HIED Electives (9 credits)

  • HIED 652 Assessment in Higher Education
  • HIED 654 College Student Affairs
  • HIED 656 Higher Education Budget/Planning
  • HIED 693A Women/Gender Issues HIED
  • HIED 693B Higher Education/Popular Culture
  • HIED 693C Politics & Policy
  • HIED 693E International - HIED
  • HIED 693H Diversity Issues - Higher Education
  • HIED 693J Leadership & Organization
  • HIED 693K Land-Grant Colleges/Universities
  • HIED 752 Governance of Higher Education
  • HIED 756 Higher Education Finance
  • HIED 760 Curriculum Development/Reform - Higher Education
  • HIED 793A Higher Education Internship

Required Capstone (3 Credits)

Capstone consists of placement at internship sites, monthly group discussions of how theory informs practice, weekly journaling, and portfolio development. Requires meeting with instructor in prior semester.