Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration will prepare students for further doctoral studies and for mid-level administrative and leadership positions at higher education institutions. The program is designed to enhance career-related skills and will focus on student services, career services, enrollment management, residence life, financial aid, student success, resource allocation, and other administrative functions.

This degree may be completed with or without a thesis. Students seeking the MA in Higher Education Administration may also opt to pursue the Academic Advising Certificate or the Higher Education Assessment and Institutional Research Certificate.


Applicants seeking admission to the M.A. in Higher Education Administration must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. Official GRE scores with quantitative, verbal, and written scores
  5. Three Reference Forms, two from supervisors and one from a colleague

Please contact the Department of Educational Leadership for additional requirements:

Box 2119, Huntsville, Texas 77341 or by phone (936) 294-1147 or highered@shsu.edu.

Course Prerequisites are strictly observed.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires thirty hours of graduate coursework. A comprehensive examination is required during the final semester of coursework.

Master of Arts (MA) in Higher Education Administration

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Higher Education Administration
Course Name Hours
Courses (30 credit hours)
Choose all from:
HIED 5360 History and Organization of Higher Education 3
HIED 5361 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education 3
HIED 5362 Higher Education Resource Management 3
HIED 5366 Assessment in Higher Education 3
HIED 5364 Leadership in Higher Education 3
HIED 5379 Research in Higher Education 3
HIED 6372 Practicum in Instructional Leadership 3
HIED 6360 Student Services in Higher Education 3
HIED 5367 Diverse Student Populations 3
HIED 5365 Academic Affairs in Higher Education 3
Total 30


Higher Education (HIED) 

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