Higher Education Administration
If interested in specializing in higher education administration, we offer master's and doctoral degrees providing opportunities to work at the collegiate level. We also offer a master's level degree in the student affairs administration in higher education (SAAHE) which is specifically designed for individuals interested in working with college students. Information regarding the SAAHE specialization, please visit the SAAHE Web site.
- Master of Science (M.S.) - the 42-hour master's program will enhance the student's knowledge and skills so that he/she may enter a mid-level management position at the college level. There are six required courses with the remaining courses to be in the support field and specialization areas.
- Doctor of Philosophy - a 73-hour degree program which will prepare students for leadership roles in higher education administration, teaching and research through an emphasis of integrating theory and practice. With a concentration in a variety of areas, students will be able to achieve their personal goals. The degree has several required courses with the remaining courses that will include a support field in a related discipline.
All students must complete a residency requirement set forth by Texas A&M University specific for the degree program of interest, unless appropriate documentation can be provided that the individual is employed full-time. For more information, please refer to the Residence Requirement information. If not employed full-time, only doctoral students are required to fill out a residency form and submit it to the academic advising office. To be exempt from this requirement, students must:
- Have an approved degree plan on file with the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Submit a petition for waiver or exception to university requirements stating that he/she is a full-time employee and with whom, and they are requesting the residency requirement to be waived. This petition should be submitted to the department advising office for processing. The petition can be found at http://ogs.tamu.edu/current/petitions.html.
- Submit a letter from his/her employer on official letterhead stating the student's name, title, dates of employment and a statement indicating that the individual is employed full-time. This letter should accompany the petition to the advising office.
Application submission deadline for the Master's and Doctorate degrees is December 1 for Summer or Fall semester. Candidates will be required to come to campus for an interview with faculty if the faculty considers it necessary. All admission decisions will be made by mid-March.
Below you will find a sample degree plan for the specific degree program of interest to you. Please note, however, that all courses are subject to final committee approval.
Higher Education Administration Master's degree plan
Higher Education Administration Ph.D. degree plan