Master of Education in Higher Education Administration Online

Become qualified for administration roles in postsecondary education by increasing your knowledge in multiple areas of the field.

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Program Overview

How the M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration opens career opportunities

Increase your knowledge of effective administration in postsecondary settings. Our online Master of Education in Higher Education Administration will help you heighten your skills to lead careers in student affairs, business affairs, enrollment management, academic affairs and assessment.

If you want to improve your expertise in multiple areas of educational leadership, this program is for you. You will conduct in-depth studies on several areas of advanced administrative positions in college-level education, making you qualified for a vast array of careers. Our curriculum is designed to ensure you’ll be competent in solving the current issues students in higher education institutions face. You will study topics on student services, organizational leadership, student development and more, providing you with the expertise to address student needs.

The University of New Orleans ranks among the best universities in the world, according to the Center for World University Rankings. Our faculty is comprised of professionals with various experiences in the field and our student body is acclaimed for its diversity. As you study, you’ll be able to learn from and collaborate with individuals who can help expand your viewpoints and understandings.

In this online higher education administration master’s program, you will:

  • Define the historical roots and philosophical assumptions underlying the formation of the higher education profession and demonstrate an understanding of higher education as a field of study and an institution in America society. In addition, students will understand the unique functional areas within higher education, their characteristics and how to effectively lead in these areas. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the need for inclusive campuses, including the current organizational and societal issues and policies that can impact equity within higher education.
  • Recognize the needs of current students, the role of higher education in developing students, and how colleges and universities affect students.
  • Define the historical roots and philosophical assumptions underlying the formation of the higher education profession and demonstrate an understanding of higher education as a field of study and an institution in America society. In addition, students will understand the unique functional areas within higher education, their characteristics and how to effectively lead in these areas. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the need for inclusive campuses, including the current organizational and societal issues and policies that can impact equity within higher education.
  • Recognize the needs of current students, the role of higher education in developing students, and how colleges and universities affect students.

As a graduate of this M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration online program, you will be prepared for advanced roles in:

  • Admissions
  • Residential Life
  • Career Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Affairs
  • Admissions
  • Residential Life
  • Career Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Affairs

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The University of New Orleans School of Education offers other online degrees. Check out our online education programs.

The University of New Orleans School of Education offers other online degrees. Check out our online education programs.

Total Tuition $17,520
Duration As few as 14 months
Credit Hours 36
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Tuition

Find out why our tuition is nationally ranked

The UNO online M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for all in-state and out-of-state students. Fees are included in the total tuition.

Tuition Breakdown:

Per Credit Hour $487*
Total Tuition $17,520

Calendar

Which date fits your schedule?

The M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration online program offers multiple start dates each year. View the full calendar for upcoming start dates and corresponding deadlines.

TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Spring A1/8/2412/18/231/1/241/3/241/4/243/1/248 weeks
Spring B3/4/242/19/242/26/242/28/242/29/244/26/248 weeks
Summer 20246/3/245/20/245/27/246/6/245/30/247/26/248 weeks
Fall A8/19/248/5/248/12/248/14/248/15/2410/11/248 weeks
Fall B10/14/249/30/2410/7/2410/9/2410/10/2412/6/248 weeks

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 12/18/23
Class Starts 1/8/24

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Admissions

How to apply to our M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration

Our streamlined admission process makes it easy for you to begin your application today. Read the admission requirements below to ensure you qualify.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Three professional or academic references
  • Minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA
  • Professional resume

To apply for the M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration online program, you will need:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA for all undergraduate coursework
  • Professional resume
  • Three professional/academic letters of recommendation (which should include faculty and/or higher education professionals)
  • Statement of purpose (one to two pages that address your career goals in higher education and one issue in higher education you hope to address as a professional)

International Applicants must meet all standard admissions requirements as well as the following:

  • English Proficiency Requirement (can be unofficial copies). Official transcripts are required before enrollment. Some countries eligible for waiver. Completion of a bachelor's degree in the US will satisfy English proficiency requirement.
  • Transcripts: All foreign transcripts (universities outside of the U.S.) must be evaluated by a NACES Evaluation Agency. An official course-by-course evaluation must be included
  • Passport: A copy of the student’s passport must be provided.
  • Program is not eligible for issuance of I-20's.

Submit official documents to:

[email protected]

or

The University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Courses

Our master’s in higher education administration virtual courses

For the M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration online, the curriculum is comprised of 36 credit hours, including foundations and leadership courses (6 hours), professional practice courses (21 hours), an internship (3 hours), and two elective courses (6 hours). Read the course descriptions below for more information.

Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to contemporary United States higher education, with special emphasis on historical development, emerging trends, roles of faculty, students and administrators in the several kinds of institutions, the composition and character of governing boards, administrative hierarchy, and their coordination for colleges, universities and state systems.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of the issues, theories and practices associated with effective college student development. Topics examined include various developmental and college impact theories of change and the unique characteristics and development of diverse groups of college students. The implications of interactions between theory and practice for student affairs professionals are examined throughout the course.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of student personnel programs in colleges and universities. The history, philosophy, and organization; student rights and responsibilities; discipline; and administration of these programs within the context of the purpose of higher education institutions.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines current issues in American higher education and provides an overview of the current status of higher education in terms of individual and institutional trends. It focuses on recent developments in theory, research, policy and practice related to prominent contemporary issues; facilitates the critical analysis of such issues; and provides a forum in which the most recent issues can be synthesized in a manner that promotes a greater understanding of the dynamic interactions between research (methods and theory) and application (policy and practice).
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course requires students to use different analytical and critical approaches for understanding the complex manner in which American postsecondary education, primarily colleges and universities, are organized, governed, administered, and led. The purposes of the course involve providing an overview or organization including the forms, structures, roles, and functions of higher education and leadership theory including leadership roles, management principles and practices. Topics examined include classic organization theory, traditional administrative and governance models, campus climate and culture, leadership theory and analysis, management principles, institutional change and assessment, race and gender, and governance.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced and in-depth study of the classic, contemporary, and emerging issues, ideas, concepts, theories and research that serve to define and expand the boundaries of the literatures related to the areas of teaching, learning and curriculum in higher and postsecondary education. Research and theory in these areas will be studied in ways that emphasize scholarly writing as well as concrete applications to the development of effective policy and practice in each area.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The course examines concepts of diversity and equity within higher education. Students will be introduced to core ideas of multicultural competence to explore issues of access, equity, identity development, and campus climates for individuals from various backgrounds in higher education.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This experiential course is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge to enhance their post-graduation career in higher education. Students will be introduced to concepts to assist them as they grow professionally, such as navigating the job market, writing cover letters and resumes specifically for higher education, and becoming involved in professional organizations through practitioner publications and conference presentations. This course also offers students individualized opportunities for observation and participation in administration in colleges and universities. Students spend a total of 80 hours per semester working in a structured, supervised setting learning about a particular aspect of higher education administration through a formalized mentorship with a mid-level or senior leader. Additionally, the students prepare academic products related to their work in the internship setting.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide students with assessment skills and an understanding of the role of accreditation in higher education. It is also intended to provide the skills necessary for effectively using assessment to promote institutional effectiveness in higher education.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introductory research course for educators. It is designed to provide students with the basic information needed to understand the process of systematically researching a problem and to enable students to evaluate and interpret the research of others.

Choose 2 of the following

Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of community and technical college education. It examines the history and philosophy of community and technical colleges; the skills and competencies needed by educational professionals working in these postsecondary settings; the application of appropriate administrative, educational and counseling theories in community and technical colleges; and an overview of contemporary issues in community and technical college education. The interactions between theory and practice for faculty, counselors, and administrators working in the community and technical colleges are examined throughout the course. 
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of the development of the American system of post-secondary education its origins, philosophical perspectives, major characteristics, distinctive features, and trends.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of the contemporary undergraduate college student in America. The topics of this course follow a logical progression from the choice of a college or university, a student's decision to remain or depart a given college or university, and the effects that college attendance has on students. This course will present a theoretical and practical literature regarding issues associated with today's college student. The course also focuses on ways in which the attributes of the "typical" college student have changed and how the proliferation of non-traditional students on college campuses has presented new challenges for administrators, student affairs professionals, and faculty.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of the historic and contemporary influence of the U.S. Constitution, federal and state statutes, case law, and agency regulations that apply to the governance of higher education.

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