Master of Science in Higher Education Administration

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The program is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary for leadership positions in higher education administration. Candidates will learn to apply sound educational theory, leadership, and strategic management techniques in the planning, evaluation, and implementation of instructional programs and student services. Candidates will learn strategies for managing and implementing change in the dynamic higher-education environment. Developing and maintaining positive community relationships and addressing diverse community needs and interests will be addressed, along with financial management and case law pertinent to higher education.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze sound educational philosophy, theory and practice to managing change, policy and governance, strategic planning and analysis, student services, and enrollment management in higher education.
  • Appraise change strategies, including understanding complex human phenomena such as resistance and anxiety.
  • Evaluate current higher education policy in the context of its possible impact on the future of colleges and universities.
  • Examine the impact community relations have on institutions of higher learning.
  • Interpret major legal issues that impact higher education today and will impact higher education in the future.
  • Examine resource management in higher education settings.
  • Analyze strategic planning and evaluation strategies and data in the context of student, programmatic assessment, and operational needs.
  • Examine the impact Student Services and Enrollment Management have on institutions of higher learning.
  • Critically analyze a topic related to higher education administration through the lens of a researcher.


To receive a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration, students must complete at least 45 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 4.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree and provided the coursework was completed within the past 7 years. Course equivalence cannot be granted for life experience. Please refer to the graduate information section of the University catalog for admission and evaluation.
Core Requirements (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):