Learn about our Masters of Science in Educational Administration: Higher Education Administration program
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Overview & Career Paths
Higher education is a broad-based area of knowledge and study that examines the management and coordination of programs, policies, and processes pertaining to colleges and universities, including issues associated with:
- Assessment and curriculum
- Enrollment and equity
- Governance and law
- Organizational behavior
- Policy and resource management
- Students and teaching
Career paths in higher education vary widely, and are dependent on academic qualifications and job responsibilities required within and across colleges and universities. For example, the qualifications for entry-level academic advisors or activities director at a community college or baccalaureate granting institution are often more flexible than at a doctoral research university. Higher education administrators typically hold a masters or doctorate degree with areas of specialization including:
- Business and finance
- Student affairs
- Organizational behavior and policy
- Research methodology and teaching
Promotion to more advanced level positions require, at minimum, a master’s degree.
Graduates with a master’s degree can work in university housing, student activities, admissions and other areas of student affairs. Positions in academic affairs are also common, such as academic advisor, recruitment or retention specialist, development specialist, study abroad coordinator, or financial aid counselor. Other students are interested in education policy and may pursue a career in government policy in higher education.
Why choose Texas A&M for your Master's in higher education?
The higher education administration program at Texas A&M is taught by leaders in the field. Faculty are critical scholars and national leaders who reflect the rich racial and ethnic diversity of our community, regularly doing research on:
- Student retention and financial aid,
- Preparation and retention of underrepresented groups such as Latinx males interested in attending a postsecondary institution,
- Faculty work-life issues,
- Diversity issues in higher education,
- College teaching, and
- Qualitative research.
Our program faculty are committed to a social-justice infused curriculum. For example, in the college teaching course students learn pedagogy, assessment, and instructional methods, infused with a concern for all students’ success in culturally-inclusive education.
Our program has a specific focus on infusing an equity-minded agenda that is reflected in the courses we teach, the research we conduct, and the service we provide at the local, state, and national levels. Specifically, we offer areas of emphasis including higher education administration, student affairs administration and a certificate in college teaching for aspiring postsecondary instructors. We excel at graduating scholar practitioners. Our program offers opportunity to:
- Work alongside faculty as research collaborators
- Make a meaningful contribution to national discourses in higher education and student affairs
- Be a part of an engaged learning community
- Serve or lead at the national level
- Learn from faculty committed to student success
- Practice your profession connected to academic learning and teaching
- Individualize and tailor your experience based on personal goals
- Engage with faculty with a breadth and depth of knowledge and experiences beyond teaching
- Apply for Graduate Fellowship from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies
- Involvement and graduate student support (e.g., GRAB/SAAHE professional organization, Black graduate student association, Hispanic graduate student association, Graduate student senate)
- Utilize extensive academic support (e.g. TAMU Writing Center, World Class Research Library)
- Summer/Fall: December 1
- Spring: August 15
The 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 necessary. All admission decisions will be made by mid-March.
Application submission deadline for the Masters degree is August 15 for Spring semester. Admission decisions will made late September/early October.
To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the EAHR department and Texas A&M University.How to apply
The 42-hour master’s program prepares students to enter a mid-level management position at the college or university level. The masters in higher education is particularly appropriate for people already working in higher education who want more career flexibility or wish to advance in the field. Flexibility in course requirements allows students to explore different career areas within higher education. Coursework includes 27 hours of required coursework and 15 hours of electives, based on the student’s support field and specialization areas. Electives must be approved by the program chair.
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 more closely with college students.Tuition calculator
The higher education masters houses required courses that are seminal to any career in the field of higher education:
- Higher Education Law,
- Foundations of Education,
- The College Student, and
- A Practicum.
In addition to these 21 credit hours of required coursework, students must take 6 hours of elective coursework within the program, and 15 hours of elective coursework approved by their faculty advisor.
Electives are courses at the university that fit the students’ scholarly interest and professional goals. Students can tailor their electives to topics like social justice, access and equity, finance and policy or student affairs. Some electives must be taken from outside the department as a support field. This is a coordinated set of courses from another program which add to the breadth and depth of the student’s knowledge.
A practicum experience in higher education is required as part of the elective curriculum. This practicum can be a great way to try a new career area or strengthen skills. History shows that professional experience either through employment or practicum experiences are essential for success after graduation. Students with less professional experience may elect to do a second practicum, whereas those with extensive professional experience in higher education may waive the practicum with the approval of their committee chair.
M.S. Degree Plan
Degree: Master of Science in Educational Administration
Emphasis: Higher Education Administration
Degrees Offered: Master of Science
Credit Hours: Traditional (42 hours)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the Higher Education Administration and SAAHE programs?
The general Higher Ed program is geared toward professionals working in the field who want to pursue a master’s degree. The majority of the students are part-time students working full-time in higher education. With flexibility in the degree program design, students can customize their classes based on their interests. Students are only required to do one internship/practicum; however, this can be waived based on existing experience. Elective courses are selected with an advisor to form a cohesive program that fits the student’s interests and goals.
The SAAHE program is designed for students who know they want to work in student affairs administration within higher education. The program is cohort-based, and the majority of the students are full-time students holding graduate assistantships across campus. The curriculum is very structured with only two electives in the program. Students must do two practicum experiences with student affairs units in the university. As cohorts, students tend to take their coursework in a structured order with the same classmates.
Prospective students who know they want to work in student affairs, should pursue the SAAHE program. Students with more professional experience or who need more flexibility in their coursework and schedule should pursue the higher education program.
What is the minimum GPA required for admittance?
We do not have a minimum GPA.
While scores matter, we look for a combination of strengths from professional experience, understanding of the field, vision for their career as well as grade point average. We look at GPA from the 60 credit hours of upper-level coursework (not first year courses). For many students, this GPA is higher. Students are also invited to explain a bad semester or bad start in their personal statement.
Put together the best case for you in your application. For the master’s in higher education, professional experience in the field is considered in the application process.
Do you require GRE scores?
No, we do not require GRE scores.
Can I study full-time or part-time?
Most of the students in the masters in higher education are studying part-time while working full-time in higher education. When working full-time, students often take three years to complete the master’s degree.
Students are also welcome to study full-time. If studying full-time, they are encouraged to pursue a graduate assistantship or multiple practicums to assure they are competitive at graduation.
My undergraduate degree is not in education. Can I still apply?
Many of our students come to higher education through their extracurricular experience as an undergraduate or through securing a job in higher education and a desire to make it a career. We have and welcome students with bachelor’s degrees in psychology, business, special education, marketing, communications, and a variety of other fields.
Can you guide me through the application process?
- A completed Texas A&M University GraduateCAS application.
- The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport.
- Application fee: A non-refundable $89 application fee for domestic applicants and $114 application fee for international applicants. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Graduate Admissions Office at 979-845-1060.
- Official transcripts and records: Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
Note: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University. Learn more about submitting official transcripts.
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What are the typical program costs?
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What do I need to include in my Statement of Purpose?
Admissions committee members look for the right fit between what the applicant wants from a graduate program, and what we offer.
In the personal statement, applicants are encouraged to clearly state and connect their background or current work, as well as their future career plans to the degree they are seeking.