Master of Science in Educational Administration

Higher education administration is a broad-based area of knowledge and study that examines the management and coordination of programs, policies, and processes pertaining to colleges and universities. Programs, policies, and processes include issues associated with access, admission, assessment, curriculum, diversity, economics, enrollment, equity, faculty, finance, governance, law, learning, organizational behavior, philanthropy, policy, resource management, students, and teaching. The Master of Science in Educational Administration offers two emphasis areas, Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE). Full-time students in the SAAHE program specialize in preparing to work in student affairs while students in the higher education track are more generalists and are often part-time students.

Career paths in higher education vary widely and are dependent on academic qualifications and job responsibilities required within and across colleges and universities. Most often, graduates work in student and academic affairs positions within the university. For example, the qualifications for entry-level academic advisors or an activities director at a community college or baccalaureate granting institution are often more flexible than at a doctoral research university. While it is possible to prepare for a career in higher education administration or student affairs with a bachelor’s degree, most colleges and universities require an advanced degree such as a masters as the minimum qualification for entry in the field. Higher education administrators typically hold a masters or doctorate degree with areas of specialization including business, equity, faculty, finance, law, student affairs, organizational behavior, policy, research methodology, and teaching.

Graduates with a master’s degree can work in a variety of functional areas within student affairs. Examples include residence life, student activities, student success centers, veterans’ affairs, and multicultural centers. Positions in academic affairs are also common, such as academic advisor, recruitment or retention specialist, development specialist, study abroad coordinator, or financial aid counselor. Other students are interested in education policy and may pursue a career in government policy in higher education.

The SAAHE program strives to meet the needs of all students. The program is innovative, inclusive, and comprehensive. We are known and respected for the quality, preparation, and professionalism of our graduates. Learning, both in and out of the classroom, prepares graduates for their future career.

Highlights of the SAAHE program:

  • Two year comprehensive curriculum theory and practice
  • Cohort approach (12-16 students) which cultivates support and encouragement
  • Graduate assistantships provide hands on experience and some provide up to 12 credit hour of tuition/semester
  • Two required practicums for more experience
  • Full-time faculty and experienced professionals teach courses
  • Graduates are successful in securing positions in the field post-graduation (over 90% within 3 months of graduation)
  • Strong partnership with the Division of Student Affairs

Steps to Fulfill a Masters Program