Higher Education Administration

The Higher Education Administration program offers a 42-hour Master of Science and 73-hour Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The department also offers a master’s program in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE), which is specifically designed for individuals interested in working with college students.


To be admitted to the program, all students must follow the graduate admission requirements.

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.

Master of Science- Higher Education

The 42-hour master’s program prepares students to enter a mid-level management position at the college level. Students complete 18 hours of required coursework and 24 hours of electives. Electives are based on the student’s support field and specialization areas and must be approved by the committee chair.

View the Master’s degree plan.

Master of Science- Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE)

The Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) specialization provides coursework and practica leading to a Master of Science or Master of Education in Educational Administration. Please follow the link for more information on this highly competitive program!

View a listing of required courses.

Doctor of Philosophy- Higher Education

The 73-hour doctoral program prepares students for leadership roles in higher education administration, teaching, and research through an emphasis in integrating theory and practice. With a concentration in a variety of areas, students are able to achieve their personal goals. The degree has several required courses as well as electives. Electives are based on the student’s support field in a related discipline and must be approved by the committee chair.

View the doctoral degree plan.

Residency Requirements

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.

Tuition Estimator

Please visit the Texas A&M Student Business Services page and use the Tuition Estimator to gather a cost estimate for tuition and fees. This does not include course materials or distance learning fees for online courses.