Why Higher Education Administration?
The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration program provides the theoretical foundation combined with the real-world application of skills graduates need to achieve and excel in mid-level and leadership roles across higher education.
The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration program is designed to provide working professionals with the foundation to understand the structure, governance, and operation of various higher education organizations, and integrates opportunities for students to discuss current trends and issues in higher education. Students are provided the opportunity to develop solutions to real-world problems drawn from their work environment that can be readily deployed in their own work setting.
The online, interactive learning and group project-based work format allow students to network and build global connections. The MEd in Higher Education Administration has a strong foundation in experiential learning, offering ways for students to apply theory to practice through the Experiential Network (XN) or case studies. XN facilitates opportunities for students to work on short-term, real-world projects to complement their academic work.
Students and alumni of the program are invited to participate in the Graduate School of Education Residency, a networking opportunity where attendees exchange ideas on innovation and change work in the field.
- Our program can be completed 100% online, and in as little as two years
- Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Graduate School of Education Residency to connect and network with fellow students and faculty in person
- Students will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Education Digital Commons, an online networking platform where faculty and students can build community, solve cases, and showcase accomplishments
- Senior leaders in higher education contributed to the design of the program curriculum and provided input around in-demand skills they look for in new hires, providing our program industry validation and credibility
- Identify local, national, and global disruptions and their impact on higher education policy and practice to participate in and lead change within the higher education sector
- Analyze problems in higher education and recommend innovative solutions grounded in historical awareness and applied theory and driven by data
- Integrate principles of social justice and inclusion into various functional areas within higher education
- Engage in lifelong learning to continuously hone and improve skills, specifically in areas of technology proficiency and the ability to interpret federal, state, and institutional laws, regulations, and policies to design and implement policies and procedures during compliance
- Apply key higher education competencies, such as budgeting, crisis management, collaboration, change agency, problem-solving, technology literacy, and data-driven decision making, through experiential learning opportunities
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations
- Graduates of the program can work in a multitude of institutions, such as research universities, community colleges, public colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, or higher education agencies
- Professional pathways include:
- Program Director
- Assistant Dean for Student Services
- Executive Director of Academic Advising
- Assistant Director
- Director of Financial Aid
- Director of Admissions
- Associate Director of Financial Aid
- Assistant Dean of Admissions
- Associate Director of International Education
- International Engagement Leadership Advisor
- Assistant Director of Global Initiatives
- Academic Advisor
What you'll study
*For current students who entered the Master of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration prior to Fall 2019, click here to see the curriculum.
Complete 12 quarter hours from the following: