The Higher Education Administration Program, which offers a Master of Science in Education with concentrations in Enrollment Management, Student Life and Development, or Institutional Research and Policy Analysis, is designed to produce skilled and versatile higher education administrators who understand all aspects of their professional environment.
Our graduates enter a variety of roles in college and university administration with the ability to consider today’s challenges from a broad-based, highly informed perspective. Also offered is a Certificate Program for working professionals who already have Master’s degrees and seek career-furthering credentials and skills.
The Enrollment Management concentration (33 credit hours), the product of a unique collaboration between the School of Education and Human Development and the Division of Enrollments, integrates theory, research, teamwork, and effective communication. It is an interdisciplinary program, with courses also required in the School of Business Administration. Opportunities abound for integrating research and theory in daily practice. It instills understanding of enrollments from first contact with prospective students through matriculation, graduation and beyond. Research, teamwork, strategic planning and a capstone project are emphasized.
The Student Life and Development concentration (36 credit hours) provides knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate undergraduate students’ transition, adjustment and involvement in college, in ways that enhance their academic achievement and lead to persistence and graduation. It instills deep understanding of diverse college students their families, and their communities, beginning with the transitions from high school. Practicum opportunities include student affairs, financial aid, career planning, academic advising and support, housing, dining, alumni and more.
The Institutional Research and Policy Analysis concentration (33 credit hours), focuses on skills necessary to conduct applied research related to the effective functioning of postsecondary institutions. Practitioners in the field of institutional research work in various capacities at the institution. Areas of study extend beyond integrating research into effective administrative or policy initiatives to include understanding state and federal policies, higher education foundations, statistics, and data analytics. A hands-on practicum in institutional research completes the experience.
A comprehensive examination will be required as a one-day, sit-in written exam with two sessions that assesses knowledge in Higher Education content and Research, Measurement & Evaluation content.