Higher Education Administration

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Graduate Catalog: Higher Education Administration

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Graduate Director:
Dr. Michael Mills

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Higher Education Administration program develops Minnesota 's higher education leaders. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in four-year, community, and technical colleges and universities. Students interested in careers as future higher education administrators receive a comprehensive program of study that explores academic affairs, student affairs, and administrative affairs. Courses offered in the program develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for success in higher education administrations.

Individuals currently holding, or interested in, leadership positions in higher education will find this program flexible and accommodating to their needs. Courses will primarily be offered on weekends (Friday evening and all day Saturday) during the academic year. Summer courses are offered in various formats.

Mission - M.S. in Higher Education Administration

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 in four-year, community, and technical colleges and universities. A comprehensive program of study focuses on the preparation and development of reflective, ethical, and transformative practitioners and academicians. 

Program Location

You can attend this graduate program on our St. Cloud campus. This program is offered using a weekend model of course delivery making the program a great choice for working professionals. 

Length of Program - Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student: six semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: four semesters taking nine credits per semester.
  • Each three-credit course will be completed in three weekends.
  • Courses will primarily be offered on weekends (Friday evening and all day Saturday).
  • Courses are offered consecutively during the semester so students are able to concentrate on one administrative topic at a time. This format allows students to take three courses per semester.
  • The practicum can be served at the individual's home institution. If that is not possible or appropriate, placement will be arranged. 

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • Two graduate assistantship positions are available each academic year. Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week with faculty members on a variety of administrative, course, and research projects.