The Higher Education Administration Program, which offers a Master of Science in Education with concentrations in Enrollment Management, Student Life and Development, and Institutional Research and Policy Analysis, is designed to produce skilled and versatile higher education administrators who understand all aspects of their professional environment. Our graduates enter a variety of roles in college and university administration with the ability to consider today’s challenges from a broad-based, highly informed perspective.

Also offered is a Certificate Program for working professionals who already have master’s degrees and seek career-furthering credentials and skills.

Curriculum Requirements

The Student Life and Development concentration (36 credit hours) provides knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate undergraduate students’ transition, adjustment, and involvement in college, in ways that enhance their academic achievement and lead to persistence and graduation.

Core Courses9
Administration of Student Affairs
Student Diversity in American Higher Education
College Student Development: Theory, Research and Practice
Higher Education Foundations12
Organization and Administration of Higher Education I
Higher Education in the United States: From Harvard to Present
Enrollment Management: Theory and Practice
Seminar in Higher Education Administration: Contemporary Issues
Counseling and Advising3
Select 3 credit hours from the following or as otherwise advised:
Counseling Process and Practice
Basic skills in Counseling and Interviewing
Group Dynamics and Communication Skills
Research3
Select 3 credit hours from the following or as otherwise advised:
Essentials of Research in Social and Behavioral Sciences
Program Evaluation
Quantitative Methods I
Qualitative Methods I
Survey Research Methods
Electives3
Select 3 credit hours from the following or as otherwise advised:
The Community College
Psychological Bases of Education
Organization of Higher Education II: Governance, Leadership and Finance
Critical Issues in Student Affairs
Advanced Seminar in Enrollment Management
Workshop in Education
Workshop in Education
Practical Approach to Motivation and Ethical Decision Making
Creative Approaches to Problem Solving and Conflict Management
Practicum6
Practicum: Administration of Higher Education
Total Credit Hours36