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About Higher Education Administration (M.S.E.)
Welcome to the Higher Education Administration program!
"Building Learning Communities Through Critical Reflection"
This 39-hour master's degree program in higher education administration consists of coursework that integrates theory and research with practice. The program is designed to prepare students for a variety of academic and non-academic positions in higher education. The curriculum includes historical and philosophical perspectives, law, finance, student issues, and organization and governance. Students complete a practicum and a culminating scholarly project. Full-time students can complete the program in two academic years. This program also offers a part-time track, accommodating students holding full-time jobs.
- Low student to faculty ratio
- Practicum and internship experiences
- Active student organization
- Opportunity for
- Expanded curriculum to include international and global higher education
What will you be learning?
Faculty members conduct regular curriculum reviews to make class content current, relevant, and comprehensive.
- EDC 540 Perspectives in Higher Education
- EDC 550 Student Development's Role in Learning
- EDC 557 Learning in Community
- EDC 560 Leadership in College & University Environment
- EDC 568 Research & Evaluation in Human Services
- EDC 551 Student Cultures & Development
- EDC 555 Administration & Organization in College Student Personnel
- EDC 562 Learning Design
- EDC 553 Internship in College Student Personnel (three terms)
- EDC 565 Educational Structures in Post-Secondary Education
- EDC 559 International & Global Higher Education
- EDC 672 History of Higher Education in the United States
- EDC 569 Scholarly Project in College Student Personnel / Higher Education
Visit the Resources tab to access the following:
- Course matrices
- Course schedules
- Program and department handouts
Gain professional experience!
Practicum is an opportunity for those currently working in the field to apply what has been learned throughout the program in their current work setting or within a related area of higher education. Students complete a 90-contact-hour project, which can include the following:
- Curriculum revisions
- New program design or revision
- Assessment and accreditation projects
- Grant proposals
- And much more!
Students who are not working full time in a professional position within higher education, will need to complete three internships. Students complete 300 hours of supervised practice in three 100-hour internships. These are completed in many local campus settings, and are coordinated with your advisor.
Meet Our Faculty & Staff!
Department of Counselor Education & Human Services
School of Education & Health Sciences
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0530
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Get outside the classroom!
The Higher Education Administration Program offers students more than just classroom learning. Students in the department have access to a wide variety of opportunities and activities to develop the skills they're learning in their courses, fieldwork and research.
- What are Graduate Assistantships?
- How do I apply for Graduate Assistantships?
- Where can I study abroad?
- What regional and national organizations can I join?
What Are Graduate Assistantships?
Student Development Graduate Assistantship Application Deadline: January 11, 2013
A variety of assistantship opportunities are available for students who are enrolled in the program. Recipients receive an annual stipend and tuition credits. Graduate Assistantships (which are paid) and Internships (which are generally unpaid) provide vital learning environments for students who are studying full time in the program and working part-time. The College Student Personnel and Higher Education Administration Programs have a close working relationship with the Division of Student Development and other units offering graduate assistantships to our students. These included a variety of positions in the department, university, and community, including the following placements:
- Art Street
- Career Services
- Campus Recreation
- Community Wellness Services
- Greek Life and Leadership Programs
- Housing and Residence Life
- New Student Programs
- Student Development
- Teacher Education Department
- Departmental Administrative/Research Assistant positions
How Do I Apply for a Graduate Assistantship?
Graduate students in any program may apply for a variety of assistantship opportunities across many departments within the Division of Student Development. The competitive application process will open November 1, 2012, and applications are due January 11, 2013. Applicants should be aware of the following timeline:
- Friday, January 11, 2013 – Applications for fall 2013 due
- No later than Friday, February 1 – On Campus invitations sent to candidates
- Sunday, February 17 – Candidate social (4:00-6:00pm, KU Ballroom)
- Monday, February 18 – On campus interview/workshop day (8:30am-4:00pm, Kennedy Union)
- Friday, March 8 – Offer letters sent to candidates
- Monday, April 15 – Deadline by which candidates must accept/decline positions
Where Can I Study Abroad?
In 2010 and 2011, students participated in an optional study abroad course in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This opportunity enabled students to learn about another culture by visiting schools, agencies, and neighborhoods in another country.
What Regional and National Organizations Can I Join?
- Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) >>
- Ohio Recreational Sports Association (ORSA) >>
- American College Personnel Association (ACPA) >>
- Association of International Educators (NAFSA) >>
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) >>
- National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) >>
- National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) >>
We have what you need to succeed!
Take a closer look at what it means to join the Higher Education Administration Program!
- Revised 2013 Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration Checksheet (pdf) >>
- Revised 2012 Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration Checksheet (pdf) >>
- 2012 HEA Checksheet (pdf) >>
Hear what former graduates have to say!
Senior Director of Enrollment Management, Sinclair Community College
I enrolled in the Higher Education Administration program as a new employee working in the field of Admissions. The knowledge and experience that I gained through the program helped to develop and prepare me professionally for a career in Student Affairs. The invaluable knowledge that I gained included an understanding of student development, history and culture of higher education, finance perspective and implications, and how to build relationships with various levels of constituent groups. I am currently the Senior Director of Enrollment Management and I utilize the knowledge that I gained from this program on a daily basis. Thank you UD!
Apply to Higher Education Administration!
The application process is online, easy, and free!
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- Spring deadline: September 10
- Summer deadline: January 10
- Fall deadline: May 10
Students interested in graduate assistantships through the Student Development Division should apply by January 9 for Fall enrollment.