The mission of the Higher Education Administration master’s program is to provide academic preparation and professional development to individuals who are currently in, or interested in, entry- level positions of leadership at post-secondary institutions and organizations nationally and internationally.
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We prepare and develop reflective, ethical, global, and transformative leaders and academicians.
The Higher Education Administration master’s degree program develops higher education leaders. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in community, technical, and four-year colleges and universities. Students interested in careers as future administrators receive a comprehensive program of study that explores academic affairs, student affairs, and administrative affairs.
Leadership careers can be found in athletics, academic departments, admissions, advising, career services, financial aid, human resources, residential life, teaching, records and registration, multicultural resource centers, public relations, student life and development, and so much more.
Courses offered in the program develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for success in higher education. Individuals currently in, or interested in, leadership positions in higher education will find this program flexible and accommodating to their needs.
Current employment trends indicate that a master’s degree gives graduates a decided edge in their careers. Often, a master’s degree is the difference between having a job and having a career.
Plan A—Thesis (36 credits)
Plan B—Written Comprehensive Examination (36 credits)
Plan C—Project/Portfolio (36 credits)
*Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports 2001, series P70-51.
**On January 9, 2006, a labor market analysis was conducted by Bruce Steuernagel, Labor Market Analyst for MnSCU. These are the projected employment and job openings for post-secondary administrators from 2002-2012.
Does my undergraduate degree need to be in a related area?
Your undergraduate degree does not need to be in the Higher Education Administration field. We understand that students have varied interests and we welcome applicants with various baccalaureate degrees.
Additional Frequently Asked Questions can be found through Graduate Admissions.