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So, you’re interested in the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration offered by the College of Applied Human Sciences? Awesome! In this online program, students have hands-on experience applying higher education theories to real-world challenges. They gain the knowledge and skills needed to be transformative higher education leaders who address the most pressing issues affecting colleges and universities and postsecondary students.
Students in the Higher Education Administration MA program are prepared to work in Student Affairs professions. Student Affairs Professionals work in admissions and enrollment management, advising, student success, diversity, equity, and inclusion, visitors’ centers, residence life, fraternity and sorority life, campus recreation, financial aid, student conduct, and more.
The MA in Higher Education Administration program offered by the College of Applied Human Sciences is a fully synchronous online program, with evening meeting times to accommodate working professionals or full-time students with graduate assistantships. Courses are taught by full-time faculty as well as senior higher education leaders. The program is designed for new professionals looking to gain entry into the field as well as career changers and other higher education professionals who are interested in obtaining Higher Education Administration credentials to create opportunities for advancement within the university setting. Finally, some students are interested in pursuing research, policy, or postsecondary teaching in Higher Education Administration. They pursue the MA as a stepping stone to Higher Education doctoral programs.
Our students form a community of learners committed to bettering the academic and social experiences of students and improving higher education institutions. Higher Education Administration students can also join WVU HESA, our program’s student organization. HESA serves as both a social hub and professional network for current students and program graduates.
"Being a WVU graduate and a first-generation college student, I’m happy to be back to help you navigate the WVU System. Something WVU Online wants to do is assist you in creating your sense of community and continuity, making sure you have the answers to any and all questions."
The Higher Education Administration Program admits students to the Master of Arts program on a rolling basis.
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. Please contact the WVU Financial Aid Office at (304) 293-5242 or financialaid.wvu.edu for additional information.
The Higher Education Administration M.A. requires 30 credit hours to complete.
Cost per credit hour is $655.
$19,650 – Residents and Non-Residents
Common Core (12 credits)
|HIED 648||History of American Higher Education||3|
|HIED 649||Contemporary Issues in Higher Education||3|
|HIED 650||Higher Education Administration||3|
|HIED 651||College Student Development||3|
Research Core or other Approved Courses (6 credits)
|HIED 693L||Quantitative Data Management Education||3|
|HIED 762||College Student Research||3|
|EDP 612||Introduction to Research||3|
|EDP 613||Statistical Methods||3|
|EDP 617||Program Evaluation||3|
|SCFD 615||Qualitative Research Methods||3|
Electives (9 credits - Example Courses Listed Below)
|HIED 650||Diversity Issues - Higher Education||3|
|HIED 652||Assessment in Higher Education||3|
|HIED 654||College Student Affairs||3|
|HIED 656||Higher Education Budget/Planning||3|
|HIED 693B||Higher Education/Popular Culture||3|
|HIED 693C||Politics & Policy||3|
|HIED 693E||International - HIED||3|
|HIED 693K||Land-Grant Colleges/Universities||3|
|HIED 710||Leadership & Organization||3|
|HIED 752||Governance of Higher Education||3|
|HIED 754||Women/Gender Issues HIED||3|
|HIED 756||Higher Education Finance||3|
|HIED 760||Curriculum Development/Reform - Higher Education||3|
|HIED 785||Higher Education Internship||3|
Required Capstone (3 Credits)
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.
To learn more about what achieving a degree in Higher Education could mean for your future, please download our guide.
This program is designed to enhance leadership skills and prepare students for academic administration and student affairs positions. 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 that is of interest to them.
Students who graduate from WVU Online with a degree in Higher Education Administration 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.
This 30-credit hour online program can be completed within two to eight years either as a part-time or full-time student. Working with an advisor, students complete a program of study that includes a capstone experience.
This degree will prepare you for the following careers:
Yes. Some graduates may choose to pursue their Ph.D. in Higher Education or their Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration.