Academic Programs of Study

Higher Education Administration

Master of Science (MS) in Higher Education Administration

  • Preparation for administrative positions at colleges and universities
  • Courses delivered online
  • Focus on leadership

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Higher Education Administration at Marywood

Our fully online higher education administration program prepares students for positions as mid-level administrators at a variety of post-secondary institutions. We will teach you to be a critical, creative problem solver and provide broad based experiences in a variety of higher education administration contexts. You will learn to be a leader and be prepared to assume roles in schools that will showcase your gifts and talents.

More About This Degree

Tammy B.H. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Reading Program and ESL Program

Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education and Educational Leadership

Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.
Chairperson of the School of Education, Clinical Assistant Professor

Amy Paciej-Woodruff, Ph.D.​
Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration
This is just a sample of our Education faculty - see them all!

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

Find Your Counselor

Tony Roma

Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 4529

About Me: I joined the Marywood Admissions staff in December 2012. I attended Marywood for both my undergraduate and graduate programs. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business in 2010, and my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration in 2012. I am originally from Endicott, New York, but currently reside in Jermyn, Pa.

My Interests: I’m a sports junkie! I love playing sports and watching sports, especially soccer, which I played and coached at Marywood. I also love basketball and football. I spend my free time with my wife, family, and friends. I enjoy running at Lake Scranton and working out at Marywood's Center for Athletics and Wellness. 

My Favorite Thing about Marywood: I love the sense of community at Marywood – it feels like one big family! We have so many great events all throughout the year and it is wonderful to see the students, faculty, and staff all come together. Marywood also has many beautiful, new facilities.

My Favorite Place on Campus: I love the Center for Athletics and Wellness because of the modern weight room, indoor track, and basketball arena. I also enjoy spending time in the Learning Commons.  Electric City coffee, the cafe area, and the student atmosphere make the Learning Commons a great place to be!

You’d Never Guess: I am the first generation in my family to be born in the United States. Both of my parents were born in Italy, and my maternal grandparents still live in Pofi, Italy.

My Best Advice:   My advice to prospective graduate students is to have an open communication flow with the admissions staff and faculty members.  Be aware of program deadlines, per-requisite courses you must complete, and exactly what materials you are required to submit.  Graduate admissions can get tricky because each department is looking for something a little bit different!

Master of Science in Higher Education Administration

36 semester hours

The Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration prepares individuals for a variety of mid-level careers in public and private two-year colleges, four-year institutions, and universities. Examples of career opportunities include, but are not limited to, leadership positions in student services, enrollment management, institutional advancement, alumni affairs, and institutional research. The program of study is designed to include required core courses (12 credits) as well as a concentration (electives 24 credits). An internship adds practical experience to the learning process. In general, the curriculum is designed to provide students with the appropriate knowledge about the professional field and, at the same time, it grounds students in a theoretical framework necessary to guide current and future study and career development in higher education.

The M.S. in Higher Education Administration will focus on:

  • Demonstrating knowledge of the foundations and scope of higher education administration
  • Demonstrating knowledge of professional practice related to an academic enterprise that includes teaching, research, and service as primary components of productivity; management skills such as problem solving, planning, delegating, budgeting, fundraising, assessing, and evaluating; human relations skills that include managing interaction, communication, and contributing to organizational and individual development.


12 semester hours

EDUC 501 Research Theory
EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education
EDUC 554 Contemporary Learning Theories
PSYC 514 Human Development


24 semester hours

HE 525 Student Issues in Higher Education
HE 530 College Finance Strategic Planning
HE 605 (EDUC 605) Theories of Educational Organizations
HE 609 Law and Public Policy in Higher Education
HE 640 Program Evaluation
COUN 505 Career Development
COUN 532 Multicultural Counseling
Approved elective that complements student career goals
up to 6 credits
HE 592 Internship in Higher Education
Full-time (300 hours) or Part-time[1.5 (150 hours), 1.5 (150 hours)].
Internships are available in the Fall and Spring semesters only.
HE 555 (EDUC 555) Professional Contribution