Higher Education Administration

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Why Higher Education Administration?

The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration Online Program provides the foundation and real-world application graduates need to excel in leadership roles in higher education.

Institutions of higher education around the world are facing considerable pressures that range from changing demographics to financial strain. The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration degree program is designed to provide working professionals with the foundation to understand the structure, governance, and operation of various higher education organizations.

True to Northeastern’s experiential learning model, this degree goes beyond teaching theory to help you apply what you study and analyze the results. Each course focuses on real-world application of the theories you learn in class and students have the opportunity to connect with fellow professionals from around the world, who share diverse experiences and exchange ways to solve common challenges.

Students also create an ePortfolio, or collection of work in an electronic format, you can document your progress towards program and professional goals. These samples illustrate your distinct abilities to employers. Graduates are positioned for leadership roles within all segments of higher education, including student affairs, alumni relations, financial aid, marketing, consulting, accreditation agencies, and other specialized institutes.

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Unique Features

  • Engage in experiential learning and a Capstone project
  • Interactive learning and group project-based work allow students to network and build global connections
  • Students design and create an e-portfolio to document their progress and work in the program
  • Online Program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals

Program Objectives

  • 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
  • Gain overarching familiarity of higher education administrative functions and operations in the U.S. and globally
  • Achieve understanding of how the changes in student demographics are affecting higher education institutions
  • Create an ePortfolio, or collection of work in an electronic format, that will help track progress toward program and professional goals

Career Outlook

Employment among postsecondary education administrators for 2022 is projected to be 185,300, a projected 15% increase from 2012 (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013). Most students go on to work within research universities, community colleges, state colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, or higher education institutions and agencies. Graduates of this program hold a wide range of positions in administration, enrollment, admissions, financial aid, student life, consulting, information technology or other sectors; both within and aligned with higher education.

Professional pathways include:
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Development and Fundraising Officer
  • Alumni Relations Coordinator
  • Academic Records Specialist
  • Assistant Director of Marketing and Communication
  • Assistant Dean of Admissions
  • Academic Advisor
  • Consultant and Education Entrepreneur

What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Education in Higher Education Administration General Requirements
EDU 6050 - Education as an Advanced Field of Study
EDU 6051 - Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence

Concentration in Higher Education Administration

Required Courses

EDU 6201 - The Landscape of Higher Education
EDU 6324 - Competencies, Assessment, and Learning Analytics
EDU 6447 - The Demographics of Higher Education

Complete one of the following:

EDU 6202 - Faculty, Curriculum, and Academic Community
EDU 6203 - Education Law, Policy, and Finance
EDU 6221 - Enrollment, Retention, Graduation, Success

Complete one of the following:

EDU 6450 - The Globalization of Education
INT 6900 - International Field Study Experience


To be taken last:

EDU 6225 - Capstone

Elective Courses

Complete 12 quarter hours from the following: 

EDU 6319 - How People Learn
EDU 6520 - Learning and the Brain: Translating Research into Practice
EDU 6329 - Connecting Theory and Practice
EDU 6332 - Open Learning
EDU 6330 - Digital Media Literacy
EDU 6558 - Issues in Education
1.00 - 4.00
EDU 6300 - Introduction to Language and Linguistics
EDU 6534 - Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development
EDU 6182 - Educational Statistics

Students may complete EDU 6319 or EDU 6520. 

Did You Know?

Higher education job growth for administrators is expected to grow by 19% by 2020.


The Master of Education program has 5 concentrations, so students can choose courses that are highly tailored and relevant to their professional goals. 

Average Time to Completion

1.5-2 Years



Entry Terms


Meets F-1 Visa Requirements