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Higher Education Administration, M.A.

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 36 hours

The Higher Education Administration program is most flexible in terms of allowing students to design their own programs in consultation with their advisor. The program is designed for those seeking leadership positions in colleges and universities.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission Requirement Snapshot

GPA: 3.0

Entrance Exam: N/A

Priority Application Deadline: January 1 (Fall)

International Application Deadline: January 1 (Fall)

See Admission Requirement Details Below

  1. Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to Graduate Studies.
  2. Regular admission in the program requires an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale).
  3. Applicants must provide evidence of promise as an administrator by preparing and submitting an admission portfolio online at The following items must be included in the contents of the portfolio:
    1. A current résumé identifying skills, experiences, positions held, and professional accomplishments;
    2. A minimum of two letters of reference (dated and submitted on organizational letterhead) from individuals who can appropriately address the applicant's potential as an administrator and attest to the applicant’s potential for success in the program;
    3. A 2-3 page (single-spaced) statement detailing reasons for pursuing a master's degree in higher education administration at Central Michigan University, professional goals, and what problems or challenges in higher education the applicant feels passionately about addressing.
  4. Regular admission will be granted only after the admission portfolio has been reviewed and deemed acceptable by a committee of Educational Leadership faculty. Acceptability will be judged on the appropriateness of the contents of the admission portfolio relative to the degree program to which the application is being made. The applicant's statement must show evidence of thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and congruence with the degree program.

It is advantageous for the applicant to submit the completed admission portfolio as early as possible. Applicants must submit a complete admission portfolio, and it must be approved before a student is granted regular admission.

Program Requirements

Core Courses (24 hours)

Higher Education Administration

EDL 512Assessment in Higher Education


EDL 516Leadership for Social Justice


EDL 636Higher Education Law


EDL 677The American College Student


EDL 757Student Development Theory


EDL 764Financing of Higher Education


EDL 776Administration of Higher Education


EDL 777Student Affairs Administration


Electives (6 hours)

Select in consultation with an advisor.

Plan B: Capstone Project (6 hours)

All students earning a M.A. in Higher Education Administration will take a written comprehensive exam during their last semester of enrollment in the M.A. program.

EDL 696Higher Education Practicum


EDL 698Independent Study


Total: 36 semester hours