Higher Education Administration


  • Careers at colleges/universities
  • Guide study and career development of students
  • Learn to lead

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The Master of Science in Higher Education Administration is designed to develop students to accept positions as mid-level administrators at a variety of post-secondary institutions. The opportunities vary from entry-level direct service to director-level positions. The Master of Science in Higher Education Administration Program will prepare graduates to be critical, creative problem solvers, who have had broad based experiences in a variety of higher education administration contexts. Our graduates will “learn to be leaders” and will be prepared to assume roles in postsecondary institutions that will showcase their gifts and talents.

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  • College: Reap College of Education and Human Development
  • Courses: Available courses in this department
  • 36 Credit Hours Required
  • This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

    Programs for the preparation of elementary, secondary, K-12 and special education teachers and for the preparation of other school personnel including school psychologists, guidance counselors, principals, superintendents, librarians, reading specialists, speech and language pathologists, home school visitors, and supervisory personnel are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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

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

Patricia S. Arter, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Students On-Campus Achieving Results (SOAR) program

Kerri J. Tobin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
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Marywood University Master’s level students have access to all library services – including the ability to conduct research from home, and computer labs on campus. Our students also have the opportunity to do their internship at Marywood, at their current post-secondary institution, or a variety of postsecondary settings.

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

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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, fouryear 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/(D/HE 1025) Student Issues in Higher Education
HE 530 (D/HE 1030) College Finance Strategic Planning
HE 605 (EDUC 605) Theories of Educational Organizations
HE 609/(D/HE 1109) Law and Public Policy in Higher Education
HE 640/(D/HE 1140) 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