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MA in Education with a Specialization in 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.

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Obtain a higher-quality education through smaller classes.

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


Study in a 100 percent online program that works with your schedule.

LSU’s program is comprehensive and rigorous but is delivered in a format where students can engage with their studies and complete their work while maintaining other commitments.


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.


Join more than 250,000 alumni worldwide from the flagship institution of Louisiana.

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Opt out of the GRE if you are an experienced professional.

Applicants with a 3.0 GPA and minimum of two years full-time work experience in a post-secondary setting may request a waiver of the GRE requirement. The request will be reviewed by an admissions committee, and it should be submitted along with application materials.

See What Makes This Program Special

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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Total credit hours per program: 36 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $481

Total cost with fees: $17,316

Course Listings

Each course takes place during a seven week module.

  • ELRC 4249 – Understanding and Applying Research in Education | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 4364 - Student Affairs in Higher Education | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 4365 - Basic Course in Interpersonal Communication | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 7404 - Internship in Educational Administration | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 7600 – Issues of Race and Gender in Higher Education | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 7601 - Foundations of Higher Education | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 7602 - Organization and Administration of Higher Education | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 7603 - Leadership in Higher Education | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 7605 - Higher Education and the Law | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 7607 - Finance in Higher Education | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 7609 – Strategic Planning in Higher Education | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 7610 - Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Educatio | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 7611 - College Students in the United States | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 7612 - Student Development Theory | Credit Houts: 3
  • ELRC 7613 - Community Colleges | Credit Houts: 3
Admission Requirements

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  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited U.S. or equivalent from a foreign institution
  • GPA – 3.0 on all undergraduate work (or last half-degree) and a 3.0 on any graduate work already complete.

Program Application Requirements

  • Official current GRE score (Combined 297) – target score, but not a hardline requirement for admission
  • Three letters of recommendation – professional – not family/friend
  • Letter of intent serves to serve as a statement of purpose. There is no requirement in length, but edit for spelling and grammar. The statement of purpose should introduce you to our Admissions Committee, explain why you are choosing LSU, and how joining the Higher Ed Admin program is important to you personally and professionally.

GRE waiver available to qualified candidates

  • GRE alternative for applicants who possess a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate studies and have two years full time post-secondary work experience in a higher education setting. GRE alt request must be made by submitting a letter of request with application. Letter from the student should detail their work experience in the field and why they believe they qualify. GPA validated by transcripts.
Why a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization 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.

What makes this program unique?

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. 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.

Why choose LSU?

The passion and excellence that LSU stands for have earned the school a coveted "Tier One" spot in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges.” As the state’s flagship university, LSU has been preparing students for rewarding careers for nearly 150 years. Today, LSU is equally proud of its strides to make education more accessible through innovative online degree programs that are every bit as rigorous as its on-campus programs.

Through the dedication of an exceptional faculty and staff, LSU is one of only 30 universities in the United States designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution. The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The disclosure for the Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Higher Education Administration can be found here.