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M.A. in Higher Education: Administrative

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Program Information

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Our M.A. in Higher Education Administrative track is designed to serve professionals without any experience in higher education administration, but who aspire to careers in that field; as well as those who are already practicing administrators in a college or university who wish to upgrade their skills.

Graduates of our Administrative track often pursue higher education careers in student affairs, including residential life, admissions, academic advising, student activity programming, and service learning/volunteerism.

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This is a 36 semester hour (s.h.) program and includes a common core (24 s.h.) of courses as well as a culminating seminar/internship sequence (six s.h.) in which all students are required to enroll. The remaining six s.h. may be selected from a multidisciplinary bank of courses offered by departments within the colleges of Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Business and with the advice and counsel of the program advisor. All students are expected to work closely with the program advisor in determining course selection and the appropriate sequence for course enrollments. All students are also required to complete a major research project as part of their culminating sequence of courses. This program does require a thesis.

  • 12 Courses / 36 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 30 S.H.
HIED 06605 Higher Education In America 3
EDAM 27637 Higher Education Administration 3
EDST 24501 Procedures And Evaluation In Research 3
EDAM 27737 The College Student: Issues And Support Programs 3
EDAM 27620 Legal Issues In Higher Education 3
EDAM 27623 Diversity In Higher Education 3
CURR 29504 Understanding Adult Learning And Development 3
EDAM 27622 Planning And Resource Allocation In Higher Education 3
EDAM 27628 Seminar/Internship In Higher Education Administration I 3
EDAM 27629 Seminar/Internship In Higher Education Administration II 3
Restricted Elective Courses: 6 S.H.
MGT 06503 Organization Development 3
MAPR 01551 Public Relations Overview 3
FNDS 21530 Foundations of Multi-Cultural Education 3
EDST 24503 Quantitative Analysis In Educational Research 3
EDST 24707 Applied Analysis For Educational Leadership 3
EDST 24709 Issues In Survey Research 3
COUN 26509 Group Counseling In Educational Settings 3
COUN 26526 Individual Counseling Procedures 3
COUN 26582 Career Counseling In Educational Settings 3
CURR 29503 Teaching Adult Learners 3
AM 27621 Student Services In Higher Education 3
EDAM 27625 Change In Higher Education 3
EDAM 27748 Human Resource Development 3
EDAM 27741 Current Issues In Higher Education 3
EDAM 27742 The Curriculum of Higher Education 3
EDAM 27746 Higher Education Governance 3
EDSU 28706 Diversity in Educational Leadership 3
PSY 05206 Social Psychology 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives: 
    • Describe how you might use this program to advance your career. Educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Interview (Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admission Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)
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Higher Education Administrators

Career Outlook

Representative of the administrative field's importance in shaping the ever-changing landscape of higher education, the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics projects employment of postsecondary education administrators is going to grow seven percent from 2018 to 2028.


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