The Higher Education Administration Program, which offers a Master of Science in Education with concentrations in Enrollment Management, Student Life and Development, or 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 (3 credit hours)
Student Diversity in American Higher Education (3 credit hours)
Organization of Higher Education II: Governance, Leadership and Finance (3 credit hours)
Higher Education Foundations12
Organization and Administration of Higher Education I (3 credit hours)
Higher Education in the United States: From Harvard to Present (3 credit hours)
Enrollment Management: Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)
Seminar in Higher Education Administration: Contemporary Issues (3 credit hours)
Counseling and Advising3
Select 3 credit hours from the following or as otherwise advised:
Counseling Process and Practice (3 credit hours)
Group Dynamics and Communication Skills (3 credit hours)
Basic skills in Counseling and Interviewing (3 credit hours)
Research3
Select 3 credit hours from the following or as otherwise advised:
Essentials of Research in Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours)
Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
Quantitative Methods I (3 credit hours)
Qualitative Methods I (3 credit hours)
Survey Research Methods (3 credit hours)
Electives3
Select 3 credit hours from the following or as otherwise advised:
The Community College (3 credit hours)
Organization of Higher Education II: Governance, Leadership and Finance (3 credit hours)
Critical Issues in Student Affairs (3 credit hours)
Advanced Seminar in Enrollment Management (3 credit hours)
Practicum6
Practicum: Administration of Higher Education (1-6 credit hours)
Total Credit Hours36