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Online Master of Arts in Education - Higher Education Administration

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Colleges and Universities Need Bold, Visionary Leaders.

LSU’s Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Higher Education Administration is tailored for professionals who want to become administrative leaders at colleges and universities. Covering admissions, financial aid, Greek affairs, alumni relations, and more, LSU’s program delves into the multifaceted arena that is higher education, preparing students to effectively manage the academic and administrative challenges and conflicts that schools face across the country.

Through 36 credit hours, students develop strong leadership and management skills, along with an understanding of how the higher education industry operates. The program consists of courses such as Student Development Theory, Finance in Higher Education, and Higher Education and the Law—topics that students will encounter directly in their higher education careers. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for roles such as Vice President of Enrollment Management, Dean of Admissions, Director of Student Financial Aid, Director of Academic Advising, Education Consultant, Director of Alumni Relations, and Residential Life Coordinator.


Top Ranked

Join a program ranked top 10 by TheBestSchools.org and featured in the U.S. News rankings. (Online Master's in Higher Education)


GRE Optional

A GRE score is not required for application.


Obtain a higher-quality education through smaller classes

Classes are capped at 20 students, allowing professors to place a stronger emphasis on each student’s education and development.


Build a professional portfolio highlighting your work

Instead of taking a comprehensive exam, students have the option of making a portfolio that reflects the key lessons and work they completed in the program.

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"Our program embraces the theory-to-practice model. Our online students learn from full-time researchers as well as esteemed practitioners in the field of student affairs and higher education administration."

Joy Blanchard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Higher Education

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Student Testimonial

Student Errick Baldwin explains why he loves the MA in Education with Specialization in Higher Education Administration program.

Faculty Testimonial

Instructor & Assistant to the Director Paul Manthei, Ph.D talks about the professional outcomes of earning the Master of Arts in Education w/ Specialization in Higher Education Administration.

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Cost Online Masters in Higher Education Administration

You may be able to find savings and earn credit from previous work or training, or as demonstrated by your industry certifications, through Prior Learning Assessment. Learn more.

Total credit hours per program: 36 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $459

Total cost with fees: $16,524

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Coach for the final program cost.

Course Listings Online Masters in Higher Education Administration

Each course takes place during a seven week module.

Program Core Credit Hours
ELRC 4249 - Understanding and Applying Research in Education 3
ELRC 4364 - Student Affairs in Higher Education 3
ELRC 4365 - Basic Course in Interpersonal Communication 3
ELRC 7600 - Issues of Race and Gender in Higher Education 3
ELRC 7601 - Foundations of Higher Education 3
ELRC 7602 - Organization and Administration of Higher Education 3
ELRC 7603 - Leadership in Higher Education 3
ELRC 7605 - Higher Education and the Law 3
ELRC 7607 - Finance in Higher Education 3
ELRC 7608 - Internship in Educational Administration 3
ELRC 7609 - Strategic Planning in Higher Education 3
ELRC 7610 - Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education 3
ELRC 7611 - College Students in the United States 3
ELRC 7612 - Student Development Theory 3
ELRC 7613 - Community Colleges 3


Admission Requirements Online Masters in Higher Education Administration

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply through the LSU Graduate School and have the following in order to be considered for program admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution*
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on all undergraduate work (or in the final 60 credit hours) and for any graduate work already completed
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE Exam is Optional – A GRE score is not required. However, a student may opt to submit their score if they would like it to be considered in the admission process.


*Applicants with foreign credit hours are strongly encouraged to provide course-by-course evaluation of these credentials.

Career Opportunities Online Masters in Higher Education Administration

  • Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • Dean of Admissions
  • Director of Student Financial Aid
  • Director of Academic Advising
  • Education Consultant
  • Director of Alumni Relations
  • Residential Life Coordinator

What Will I Learn? Online Masters in Higher Education Administration

Students who graduate with an online master’s in higher education administration will be well-prepared to enter the complex higher education field and become leaders in their schools.

Topics covered in this degree program include the following: 

  • Instructing teachers and administrators to become intelligent consumers of research
  • Basic concepts and issues in the college student affairs field
  • Introduction to basic communication skills and counseling techniques
  • Historical and socio-political perspectives on the higher education experiences of women, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Hispanics, focusing primarily on the period from the 1960s to the present
  • Organization and administration of postsecondary education in the United States and abroad
  • Analysis of leadership issues and theory relating to postsecondary education, including the college presidency and academic governance
  • Legal issues concerning higher education, including tenure, academic freedom, campus crime, sexual harassment, laws against discrimination, student discipline and liability for accidents and injuries

Why Choose This Program? Online Masters in Higher Education Administration

Every day, dedicated administrative professionals at higher education organizations across the country are making it possible for students and professors to have the most enriching academic experience possible. These professionals are building relationships with alumni groups, spearheading fundraising initiatives for scholarships, serving as helpful and trustworthy liaisons with the Greek community, and doing whatever they can to enhance the higher education experience for all stakeholders.

An MA in Education with an HEA specialization provides graduates with the managerial skills and comprehensive understanding of higher education operations to become a successful collegiate administrative leader. This degree can help graduates to attain rewarding positions and can enable students to enrich the lives of members of the university body with the knowledge and techniques developed in the program.

The program’s holistic approach acknowledges all stakeholders involved in higher education, ensuring that students leave LSU with an appreciation for and understanding of the conflicts that face students, faculty members, alumni, and others. The coursework is substantial and covers diverse higher education topics that will be applicable to a graduate’s career. Topics in the program cover a wide range including enrollment management, admissions, development, fundraising, marketing, educational technology, student affairs, academic affairs, diversity and inclusion management, corporate partnerships, and more. Students can build valuable professional relationships with current LSU professors and administrators, as well as connect with LSU’s alumni network for more career opportunities. Because it is available 100 percent online, LSU’s MA in Education with an HEA specialization enables working professionals to pursue their career goals and an advanced degree while maintaining their other personal commitments.

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