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Higher Education Administration

The Higher Education Administration program is designed to prepare students for administrative and faculty positions, policy roles, and research areas within colleges and universities and external educational agencies. This program of study offers the following master's and doctoral program tracks:

Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

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. Learn more about the online MA in Higher Education Administration program.


Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration with
Student Affairs Specialization

The Higher Education Administration Master of Arts Program with a Specialization in Student Affairs is a campus-based, face-to-face program designed to prepare individuals to enter the student affairs profession and to work with college students across multiple areas. Graduates will be prepared to work and provide leadership in domains like academic advising, residence life, student leadership, civic engagement, student conduct, fraternity and sorority affairs, diversity and inclusion, college athletics and recreation, and many more. Students in this program are eligible for graduate assistantships, within WVU's student affairs offices and programs, that provide tuition waivers and stipends. Learn more about the on-campus MA in Higher Education Administration with Student Affairs Specialization program.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Higher Education

The new Ph.D. program in higher education focuses on preparing future scholars, faculty, and policy analysts who will critically analyze higher education issues and chart the future of colleges and universities. Students in this program will be prepared to conduct new research and undertake leadership roles in higher education. The program contains both online and on-campus classes. Learn more about the Ph.D. in Higher Education program.


Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration

The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration program is designed to prepare graduates for positions in higher education administration, faculty and research, and policy. This program is specially tailored to prepare senior administrators, college student affairs professionals, and affiliated practitioners in colleges and universities. The program contains both online and on-campus classes, and offers specializations that may include: academic affairs/curriculum and assessment, college student development, administration, organizations, and policy, or an individualized specialization. Learn more about the Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration program.


Center for the Future of Land-Grant Education

The above programs are affiliated with the Center for the Future of Land-Grant Education (“ The Land-Grant Center”), which provides professional experiences aimed at creating future leaders and scholars with unique understandings of public higher education issues and the land-grant institutional context. Launched in 2017, it is the only higher education research center in the country focused exclusively on land-grant institutions, policies, access and success, leadership and engagement. Visit the Land-Grant Center website, to learn more.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Higher Education Administration Program office at:

Phone: 304-293-5928
Office: 501 Allen Hall, WVU Evansdale Campus