Higher Education Administration M.A.
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:
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum GPA of a 3.0
- Apply with the online Graduate Application
- Pay graduate application fee
- Upload a letter of application describing past work experience and goals for graduate study in higher education administration (upload under “personal statements”)
- Upload resume or vitae (upload under “resume/vitae”)
- Provide three references with contact information and description of professional relationship (upload under “other” not under recommendations)
- Upload two academic scholarly writing samples (upload under “other”)
- Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
One Waterfront Place
PO Box 6510
Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
electronically sent to GraduateAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu
A minimum score of 93 on the TOEFL internet-based test is also required for international applicants
|Tuition and Fees
for academic year 2018-2019
Per Credit Hour
Per Credit Hour
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 30 credit hours. Students typically complete the program in 2 years, however you have up to 8 years to complete.
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)Capstone consists of placement at internship sites, monthly group discussions of how theory informs practice, weekly journaling, and portfolio development. Requires meeting with instructor in prior semester.
Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Higher Education Administration M.A. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.
Education Administrator - PostsecondaryProjected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook
Education ProfessorProjected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook
Instructional CoordinatorProjected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook