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Higher Education Administration M.A.

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College of Education and Human Services

Degree Awarded: Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

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The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration offered by the College of Education and Human Services is designed to prepare students for administrative and faculty positions, policy roles, and research areas within colleges and universities and external educational agencies. Using a personalized program of study you will gain the tools you need to develop and measure programs that support student success and retention. You will analyze instructional strategies and management principles that will help you address today’s most pressing issues facing higher education institutions, while learning how to use distance learning technology to effectively manage online programs for students with varied learning styles.

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Start Date

January 10, 2022
May 16, 2022

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Register for December 1, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. Session

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Register for April 7, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. Session

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Program Details

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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.

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Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum GPA of a 3.0.


  • Apply with the online Graduate Application. In advance, prepare the following items for the “Supplemental Materials” section of the online application:
    • Personal statement, describing past work experience and goals for graduate study in higher education administration. Be sure to include the specific major to which you are applying, interest in assistantships, relevant experience, and program goals. At the end of your personal statement, please include complete contact information and description of professional/academic relationship for three references.
    • Resume. This should include relevant education and work experiences.
    • One Academic Writing Sample. Please include an academic writing sample to showcase your ability to write research or other academic papers in the program.
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and
    1. Mail to: WVU Office of Graduate Admissions One Waterfront Place PO Box 6510 Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
    2. or Email to:

The Higher Education Administration Program admits students to the Master of Arts program on a rolling basis.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Higher Education Administration M.A. requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $640.

Total Degree Cost

$19,200 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $640
3 $1,920
6 $3,840
9 $5,760

Financial Aid

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.

Career Paths

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 - Postsecondary
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Instructional Coordinator
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Education Professor
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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