Program Description

The master of arts in higher education administration degree at Central Michigan University is a dynamic program designed to prepare graduates to work in higher education and student affairs at colleges and universities. Graduates seek jobs in a wide array of functional areas, including academic advising, student life, fraternity and sorority life, residence life, service-learning and civic engagement, career services and disability support services.

This 36-credit program is in line with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), which helps ensure quality of graduate preparation programs in higher education and student affairs.

Our program features flexible schedules that allow students to focus on coursework, practicums that provide students with additional experience, and nine credits of electives that allow students to tailor their degree program to their unique interests. 

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Several assistantship opportunities are available within the Department of Educational Leadership and the Division of Student Affairs. Assistantships can include a full tuition waiver, housing, and professional development program. Students also have the opportunity to present and publish research with faculty. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Higher Education Administration program requires:

  • a minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA;
  • evidence of promise as an administrator by preparing and submitting an admission portfolio that includes:
    • a current resume identifying skills, experiences, positions held and professional accomplishments;
    • a minimum of two letters of reference (dated and submitted on organizational letterhead) from individuals who can appropriately address the applicant's potential for success in the program and as an administrator; and
    • a 2-3 page (single-spaced) statement detailing reasons for pursuing a master's in higher education administration at CMU, professional goals, and what problems or challenges in higher education the applicant feels passionately about addressing.

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.

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Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a capstone project, and take a written comprehensive exam during their last semester of enrollment in the program.

Career Outlook

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Educational Leadership Department

Matt Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, M.A. in Higher Education Administration