Requirements for the MA in Higher Education Administration

The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration is a 36-credit program that can be taken after completing a bachelor’s, master’s, or other advanced degree.  It is the appropriate degree for someone who wishes to work in the higher education field in a student affairs or administration capacity—either working directly with students or in a service-related or administrative department.

Current and upcoming course offerings are updated for every semester and can be found on the HEA Course Schedule webpage. For details on scheduling, course load, format and other important information please review the Higher Education Curriculum.

All Master of Arts requirements must be completed within five years from the student’s first semester of matriculation.

Core Courses - 18 credits. The following 6 courses are required.

HEA 501 - Foundations of Higher Education Administration
HEA 502 - Survey of College Student Development Theory
HEA 503 - Leadership in Higher Education
HEA 504 - Research and Assessment in Higher Education
HEA 521 - Diversity and Higher Education
HEA 595 - Project Seminar (A grade of "B" or better is required for degree clearance.)

Electives - 18 credits. Select 6 courses from the list below.

HEA 520 - Advising and Counseling in Higher Education
HEA 522 – Crisis Management and Prevention in Higher Education
HEA 523 - Student Affairs Administration
HEA 524 - Enrollment Management
HEA 525 - The Contemporary Undergraduate
HEA 526 - Career Counseling and the Psychology of Work
HEA 527 – Community College Administration
HEA 528 - External Relations in Higher Education
HEA 530 - Legal Issues in Higher Education
HEA 531 - Finance Issues in Higher Education
HEA 532 - Facilities Management in Higher Education
HEA 533 - Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education
HEA 534 - Philanthropy in American Higher Education
HEA 535 - International Higher Education
HEA 540 – Critical Issues in Higher Education
HEA 560 - Comparative University Systems
HEA 586 - Practicum in Higher Education
HEA 587 - Advanced Practicum in Higher Education Administration




  

Requirements for the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration

The Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) is an 18-credit program that can be taken after completing a bachelor's, master's, or other advanced degree. It is a good option for someone who may not want to complete the full 36-credit master's degree, but would like to develop a solid background and skills in the higher education and student affairs field. 

All advanced graduate certificate requirements must be completed within three years from the student’s first semester of matriculation. If the certificate program is taken in collaboration with a graduate degree program, then the student has five years for completion of the certificate.

Required Core Courses  - 12 credits

HEA 501 - Foundations of Higher Education Administration
HEA 502 - Survey of College Student Development Theory
HEA 503 - Leadership in Higher Education 
HEA 504 - Research and Assessment in Higher Education

Electives  - 6 credits. Select two courses from the list below.

HEA 520 - Advising and Counseling in Higher Education
HEA 521 - Diversity and Higher Education 
HEA 522 - Crisis Management and Prevention in Higher Education
HEA 523 - Student Affairs Administration
HEA 524 - Enrollment Management 
HEA 525 - The Contemporary Undergraduate
HEA 526 - Career Counseling and the Psychology of Work
HEA 527 – Community College Administration
HEA 528 - External Relations in Higher Education
HEA 530 - Legal Issues in Higher Education 
HEA 531 - Finance Issues in Higher Education 
HEA 532 - Facilities Management in Higher Education
HEA 533 - Intercollegiate Athletics
HEA 534 - Philanthropy in American Higher Education
HEA 535 - International Higher Education
HEA 540 – Critical Issues in Higher Education
HEA 560 - Comparative University Systems 

 

Time to Completion

All certificate requirements must be completed within three (3) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student unless the student is also matriculated in a master's degree program. Master's students have five (5) years to complete the certificate requirements.