Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration


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.

Admissions Requirements

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


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).



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Live Online Sessions
  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $628.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $628
3 $1,884
6 $3,768
9 $5,652

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.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration?

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.

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).

Education Administrator - Postsecondary

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Education Professor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Instructional Coordinator

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

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