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.

More About This Degree

  • Learn more about this program or visit the Education website.
  • 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.

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

Frances E. Russell, I.H.M., Ph.D, C.M.F.C
Associate Professor of Education

Tammy B.H. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Reading Department and ESL Program
Part-time lecturer

Tonya Saddler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
This is just a sample of our Education faculty - see them all!

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

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 Scranton, 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 Nazareth Student Center. Starbucks coffee, the bookstore, and the newly renovated dining hall make Naz 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 with my great grandmother!

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, 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