Education: M.S. in Higher Education Administration

Marywood's Higher Education Program Earns Top Ranking

April 06, 2021.  Marywood University was recently notified that it has earned top ranking for Best Online Master’s in Higher Education Degree Programs by


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Fully Online

Our fully online program will prepare you for a variety of mid-level careers in public and private colleges and universities. Our faculty remain dedicated to providing opportunities for building connections. Assistance is available in helping students determine which functional area to pursue by focusing on professional development throughout the program.

Career Opportunities

  • Student Affairs & Student Services
  • Enrollment Management
  • Institutional Advancement
  • Alumni Affairs
  • Institutional Research
  • Career Development
  • Academic Advising / Support
  • International Affairs

On-Campus or Near Marywood Graduate Opportunities

  • Apply and fill GA positions
  • Live on campus or in the area
  • Join Graduate Student Council
  • Represent students on a University committee
  • Participate in socializing/networking

Flexible Electives

It is possible to customize several of the elective courses in order to best situate your experience for the specific functional area you wish to pursue for your career.


Courses are designed to ground you in the theoretical framework necessary to guide current and future study and career development in higher education. An internship adds practical experience to the learning process.

I. Professional Education and Core Courses

EDUC 501 Research Theory 3
EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education 3
HE 605 Communication Theory & Org Dynamics 3
EDUC 554 Contemporary Learning Theories 3
HE 592 Internship in Higher Education  1.5,1.5
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 Professional Contribution 0

II. Concentration

HE 520 History of American Colleges 3
HE 530 College Finance Strategic Planning 3
HE 525 Student Issues in Higher Education 3
HE 609 Law and Public Policy 3
HE 640 Program Evaluation 3
COUN 505 Career Development 3
COUN 532 Multicultural Counseling 3
Approved elective that complements student career goals

up to 6

Where Marywood HEA Alumni Work

  • Dickinson College
  • Fordham University
  • Fortis Institute
  • Gettysburg College
  • Hartwick College
  • Johnson College
  • Keystone College
  • Marywood University
  • Pace University
  • Penn Forster
  • Penn State (main and branches)
  • Purdue University
  • University of North Carolina

Roles of HEA Alumni

  • President (Fortis)
  • VP for College Advancement
  • Asst Dean for Freshmen
  • Academic Mentor for Student-Athletes
  • Academic Advisor
  • Enrollment Specialist
  • Director of Student Activities
  • Graduate Admissions Counselor
  • Coordinator of Communications and Engagement
  • Director, Education and Employment at Military Family Research Institute (MFRI)

Alumni Quotes

I often find myself reflecting on my experiences at Marywood which gave me the confidence to take on whatever is thrown my way.

Elspeth Peterson