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The Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration will prepare students for entry-level leadership positions in student affairs at universities, community colleges, and other post-secondary settings.

What You’ll Do  

While achieving your master’s degree in higher education administration at Southeast, you’ll have the opportunity to gain real-life experiences that will prepare you to be a leader and grow in your career.  

  • Students learn to design, conduct, critique and use various research methodologies. 
  • Students learn to critically assess student needs and design improvement plans for programs that benefit students.  
  • Students learn to develop learning environments that foster equitable participation with diverse groups. 
  • Students develop and demonstrate strong interpersonal, verbal and written skills to effectively communicate with diverse groups including students, parents, colleagues and administrators.  
  • Students learn to critically assess higher education structure and function and assess the impact of current legal issues facing high education. 

Outcomes & Careers 

  • $100k

    Postsecondary Education Administrator

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a postsecondary education administrator is $99,940. 






  • $100K

    Educational Administrators

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an education administrator is $99,820. 

Higher Education Administration MA Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

What You'll Study

With a master’s degree in higher education administration, you’ll be prepared for a leadership position in a post-secondary setting. You will learn to design, conduct, critique, and use various research methodologies: critically assess student needs and design improvement programs: develop strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills: and critically assess higher education function and stucture.

Core Requirements

  • EA617 Communication in Higher Education (3)
  • EA620 Foundations of Higher Education I (3)
  • EA623 Principles & Practices Higher Education (3)
  • EA624 Theories of Student Development (3)
  • EA626 Introduction to Student Personnel (3)
  • EA629 Internship in Higher Education (3+3)
  • GR691 Methods of Research (3)

Choose 3 hours

  • EA622 Found in Higher Ed II: Leadership (3)
  • SM570 Management and Leadership in Sports Org (3)

Choose 3 hours

  • EA633 Legal Aspects in Higher Education (3)
  • SM540 Legal Aspects of Physical Activity and Sports (3)
Choose 6 hours:
  • EA507 School and Campus Safety (3)
  • EA615 Wellness in Higher Education (3)
  • EA616 Strategic Enrollment Management in Higher Educ (3)
  • EA638 Women in Higher Education (3)
  • EA643 Current Issues in Higher Education (3)
  • EA670 Higher Education Capstone (3)
  • ED535 The Trauma-Informed Professional (3)
  • PY571 Introductory Behavioral Statistics (3)
  • SM610 Principles & Practices of Sport Management (3)
  • SM612 Current Topics, Issues, & Trends in Sports (3)
  • SM655 Design and Operation of Sport-Related Facilities (3)

Choose one with advice of program coordinator

  • GR698 Master's Final Comprehensive Examination (0)
  • GR699 Master's Oral Examination (0)

In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following: 

  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale 

International applicants must also have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 OR TOEFL score of 95. This requirement is for non-United States citizens who are not native English speakers. Students from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are exempt from English proficiency verification. 

Probationary Admission

Probationary admission will be considered under the following conditions: 

If the applicant presents a GPA that is 2.5 to 2.749, or, if the applicant has achieved a GPA of 3.0 during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Students on probation may take up to nine hours in the program area and must achieve a grade of no less than "B" in these nine hours of work to continue in the program. 

Appeals Process 

Applicants who are denied admission will have the opportunity to appeal to the College of Education, Health, and Human Studies Admission Appeals Committee, which will be comprised of one representative from each program area offering a graduate program. 

  • This program is HyFlex. You can choose the modality you use to attend each week: face to face, synchronous via video conference, and asynchronous online. This means you can adapt this program to your schedule and life demands, as well as how you best learn.
  • This program is experiential. Before graduating, students will complete at least 300 internship contact hours in a variety of functional areas in student affairs.
  • This program is customizable. Students can choose courses in the program to have a sports management/college athletics focus or to earn an additional graduate certificate in trauma and resiliency studies.
  • This program utilizes industry experts. In addition to highly qualified faculty, full-time student affairs practitioners, such as the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success and the Associate Vice President of Student Life, teach courses in our program.
  • This program's curriculum was designed in accordance with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education's guidelines for Master's Level Student Affairs Professional Preparation Programs.
  • Some examples of some positions students can receive with this degree include:  academic advisor, financial aid counselor, admissions specialist, and residence hall director.
  • This is not a MAT degree. You can not teach k-12 with this degree. This degree is not a path to becoming a principal or superintendent. To teach at university level with this degree you would need to teach in the field of student affairs/leadership/college athletics to undergraduates. 

Graduate Assistantships

The graduate assistantship (GA) is designed to provide support during full-time graduate study. It’s an opportunity for the graduate students to serve in a professional role while establishing a professional relationship with faculty and administrators. In addition to a per year stipend, GAs gain valuable experience. There are two kinds of assistantships: teaching and administrative.

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College of Education, Health and Human Studies

This degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.


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Graduate Coordinators

Graduate coordinators serve as the contact for graduate programs. The coordinators are most often faculty within the college which houses the program, helping you to get questions answered and first-hand knowledge of the degree requirements and placement opportunities.

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