Master of Education in Higher Education Administration-Online

The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration offers you the theoretical foundation and practical skills to excel as a leader in higher education.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.


Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.


Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.


Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.


Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

1-2 years

As shifts in demographics, politics, and technology bring rapid change to the world of education, successful administrators need a broad range of skills. In the Master of Education in Higher Education Administration program, you’ll hone your critical thinking as you learn data-driven decision making, strategic thinking, cultural competence, budget development, relevant laws and regulations, and other practical competencies. And you’ll apply your learning immediately, identifying real-world problems in your current work environment and developing solutions as part of your course of study.

Our program is flexible—100% online—and is designed to help you connect with diverse professionals around the world, so you can expand your network as you collaborate to solve common challenges. With an emphasis on social justice and inclusion, we’ll help you identify and explore local, national, and global impacts on higher education policy and practice while you develop the tools to succeed through practical, experience-based learning.

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Unique Features

  • Our program can be completed 100% online, and in as little as two years
  • Students and alumni of the program are invited to participate in the Graduate School of Education residency poster session, a networking opportunity where attendees exchange ideas on innovation and change work in the field
  • 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

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
  • 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

Career Outlook

  • 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

Check out your career prospects

Beginning your journey with us is a big decision. But it's a smart one. Higher Education is evolving rapidly. We constantly innovate our programs and work with experts in the field to to anticipate your industry's needs. So, no matter where Higher Education goes, you can lead the way.


Projected growth for employment of postsecondary education administrators from 2016 to 2026.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Amount by which education administrators with graduate degrees out-earn those who hold only bachelor's degrees.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

Learn About Getting Real World Experience

Get Set with a Custom Course Plan

*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.


Required Courses





Complete 12 quarter hours at the EDU 6000 level or choose from the following courses:


EDU 6209 Data Decision-Making in Higher Education Issues in Education

From day one of class I was able to apply the materials in my current position. Now, I feel equipped with the tools I need to pursue a leadership position in higher education.

Lisa P. Master of Education, Higher Education Administration

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Spring 2021

Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (start date: April 12, 2021) April 2, 2021

Summer 2021

Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021) June 28, 2021

Fall 2021

Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (start date: September 20, 2021) September 7, 2021

Winter 2022

Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (start date: January 10, 2022) December 20, 2021

Spring 2022

Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (start date: April 11, 2022) March 28, 2022

Summer 2022

Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (start date: July 11, 2022) June 27, 2022

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.


  • Where They Work

    • Boston Public Schools
    • Chicago Public Schools
    • NYC Department of Education
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Tufts University
  • What They Do

    • Education
    • Community and Social Services
    • Business Development
    • Human Services
    • Entrepreneurship
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Teaching
    • Public Speaking
    • Curriculum Development
    • Leadership
    • Research


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