Higher Education Administration (M.S.E.)

Integrating theory and practice. Building leadership in your community.

Our master's degree program in higher education administration is designed to prepare you for a variety of academic and non-academic positions in higher education. The core curriculum provides the foundation — you gain expertise as you complete a practicum and a culminating scholarly project placing you directly in the discourse community.

You'll be ready to lead and learn throughout your career. In addition, our flexible program offers evening classes to accommodate your busy schedule.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the higher education administration program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement.
  4. Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Essay (see below)

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  For tests administrations prior to August 1, 2011, a scaled score of 430 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Once an applicant has successfully met the required admission criteria outlined above, there will be a faculty review. Following faculty review of these materials, the applicant may be invited to interview with department faculty.


  • Fall Term: May 10
  • Spring Term: September 10
  • Summer Term: January 10

Essay Instructions

Please provide typed responses to the following essay questions. Type your name and the question at the top of the sheet with your answer. Limit your answer to one single-spaced page per question. Submit your responses via e-mail at gradadmission@udayton.edu, or mail your responses to:

Office of Graduate Admission Processing
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1301

  1. Currently, what do you think is the most pertinent issue facing higher education institutions?
  2. What is your philosophy of education and how will you apply it to impact the lives of undergraduate college students?

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