The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, benefits those seeking a career or advancement in higher education by preparing them for executive, administrative, and academic support positions or a doctoral degree. Graduates hold positions in business administration, academic affairs, and student life. Using a personalized program of study, students will become familiar with the intricacies of higher education institutions and build particular knowledge and skill sets within a core area of interest.
West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. West Virginia University’s Professional Education Preparation Unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which includes undergraduate and graduate preparation programs for licensure of teachers and those in educational support areas. This includes programs not only in College of Education and Human Services but also several outside the College (Agriculture, Art, Health, Music and Physical Education).
Applicant must have:
A minimum score of 93 on the TOEFL internet-based test is also required for international applicants
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for academic year 2017-2018
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Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.
The program is 36 credit hours. Students typically complete the program in 2 years.
The curriculum consists of the following courses:
Required Courses (18 credit hours)
|HIED 648 History of Higher Education|
|HIED 650 Higher Education Administration|
|HIED 649 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education|
|HIED 651 College Student Development|
|EDP 612 Introduction to Research|
|EDP 617 Program Evaluation|
There is a required capstone which consists of internships, monthly group discussions of how theory informs practice, weekly journaling, and portfolio development. The capstone is worth three credits.
Elective Courses (15 credit hours)
|HIED 654 College Student Affairs|
|HIED 656 Higher Education Planning and Budget|
|HIED 657 Community College Leadership|
|HIED 752 Governance in Higher Education|
|HIED 760 Curriculum Development in Higher Education|
With the approval of the advisor, students may substitute Support Area Electives (up to 9 hours) in place of Higher Education Administration electives. These include:
|C&I 605 21st Century Teaching and Learning|
|C&I 687 Advanced Teaching Strategies|
|C&I 693 Special Topics: Brain-based Teaching and Learning|
|EDP 600 Educational Psychology|
|EDP 613 Statistical Methods 1|
|EDP 640 Instructional Design and Technology|
|COMM 623 Leadership|
|COMM 624 Communication Ethics|
|COMM 625 Computer Mediated Communication|
Required Capstone (3 credit hours)