M.S. in Educational Administration (w/spec. in Higher Education Student Affairs) HE4

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the HE4 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (6+ Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (6+ Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 36 credits. The detailed M.S. in Educational Administration (w/spec. in Higher Education Student Affairs) HE4 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for M.S. in Educational Administration (w/spec. in Higher Education Student Affairs) HE4

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Masters' Core   
ED406 Master's Research Methods

Specialization Courses   
ED476 Administration of Student Affairs in Higher Education
ED485 College Students and Student Development Theory
EDU576 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education

Choose at least two (2) of the following courses designed to provide foundational knowledge in important areas within higher education (courses marked with an asterisk have been designed for doctoral students, but are open to MS students ready and willing to take on the challenge of a doctoral-level course):
ED436 How Universities Work
ED437 Diversity and Equity in Higher Education
ED475 Leadership and Management in Higher Education
EDU485 College Access and (In)Equity
EDE479 Assessment, Accreditation and Accountability in Higher Education
EDU490 Higher Education Law
EDU492 Governance, Policy, and Administration of Higher Education
EDU493 History of Higher Education
EDU496 Fiscal Issues in Higher Education

Choose at least two (2) of the following courses designed to provide knowledge and skills specific to various career options within higher education administration:
ED433 Student Affairs Administration: Admissions and Financial Aid
EDE485 Student Affairs Administration: Student Activities and Fraternity/Sorority Affairs
ED467 Student Affairs Administration: International Student Affairs
ED484 Student Affairs Administration: Residential Life
ED413 Student Affairs Administration: Academic Support Services
ED434 Student Affairs Administration: Minority Student Affairs
EDE487 The Role and Function of the American Community College in Higher Education
EDU454 Career Counseling and Development

Choose at least one (1) of the following courses designed to provide practical knowledge and skills that can be useful to leaders and administrators in higher education settings as well as other helping professionals:
EDU416 Understanding and Managing Conflict in Professional Organizations
ED430 College Retention: Theory, Research, and Practice
ED432 Professional Writing and Communications
EDE435 Service-Learning, Higher Education, and the Public Good
ED483 Communication and Counseling Skills for Teachers, Administrators, and Other Helping Professionals
EDU515 Decision Making for Educational Leaders I: Analyzing Problems in Schools and Universities
ED520 Program Evaluation
ED479 Human Capital Management in Higher Education
ED482 Technology and Higher Education
EDU446 Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators


If student works full-time, this may be waived by advisor with approval from Educational Leadership Chair, and substituted with an additional elective course.
EDF497 Supervised Internship in Higher Education (variable credits)
EDF497 Supervised Internship in Higher Education (variable credits)

Additional Requirements   

Master's students are required to complete a culminating experience as part of their degree program. This requirement may be met by completing a Master's Paper (for three credits as EDE461 or zero credits) or Culminating Exam (zero credits). If meeting this requirement for zero credits, you must take another elective.
EDE461 Master's Culminating Requirement: Higher Education


Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences or completing exams).

    Required for Program Completion
  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Master's Essay or Thesis Master's Paper or Culminating Exam Masters' Paper may either taken for credit as ED493 Master’s Research or no additional credits if candidate desires to take another course to full credit requirements. Culminating Exam is zero credits.