Master of Education in Higher Education Administration-Online

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.

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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


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 poster session, a networking opportunity where attendees exchange ideas on innovation and change work in the field.

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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

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.

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General Requirements

*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:


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.

Application Requirements

  • 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

International Requirements

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.

Financing Requirements

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.

Fall 2019 Admissions: 

Winter 2020 Deadline
December 10, 2019January 6, 2020
Spring 2020 Deadline
March 23, 2020April 6, 2020
Summer 2020 Deadline
June 26, 2020July 6, 2020

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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Career Opportunities and Services


Did You Know?

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

Flexible Format

The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration is 100% online and can be completed within two years. 

Did You Know?

All MEd students create ePortfolios, an example of their mastery in new topics and fields through documentation, assessment, and integration of coursework with their workplace experience. Students leverage this body of work throughout the program and after, as a key piece of their personal brand. 

From Our Faculty

"An ideal student for our program is someone who is looking to make a change in education, whatever that context is. Someone who is looking for an opportunity to grow and gain new knowledge not only to advance their career, but impact the field of education." — Lydia Young, Associate Dean of Academic & Faculty Affairs, Graduate School of Education

From Our Alumni

"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, Alumna