Higher Education Administration Specialization

Leadership and Innovation (MS)

Leadership and Innovation (MS) About the Program

The specialization in Higher Education Administration prepares you for an exciting career in higher education. This program will develop your knowledge base and skill set for leadership roles in higher education in which you will be poised to inspire, transform, and throughout the program, you will be introduced to areas such as administration, higher education and the law, and student development within the context of post-secondary education, vis-à-vis current issues such as, access, accountability, student demographics, and internationalization.

By earning this master’s degree specialization, you will be qualified for a career in academic affairs or student affairs. Here are some examples of areas in which you can find your career:

  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Affairs
  • Recruitment and Admissions
  • Institutional Advancement
  • Institutional Research
  • Alumni Relations
  • Central Administration
  • Policy and Government
  • Research and Consulting firms related to Higher Education

Career Outlook

Job growth for postsecondary education administrators is expected to grow by 8% over the next ten years, and the median annual salary for a higher education administrator is $97,500 per year as of 2020.  

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the degree program, students will be able to:

  • Project societal and political trends for the future of higher education and make necessary administrative decisions based upon this knowledge.
  • Apply human relations and leadership skills in diagnosing and resolving conflict within the institution.
  • Analyze major organizational models in order to choose structures and procedures appropriate to higher education organizations.
  • Apply appropriate change models to higher educational institutional design.
  • Design appropriate research methodologies to administrative issues.
  • Understand the role higher education has played, continues to play, and will play in contemporary society.

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