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Lynch School of Education

Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree

higher education administration

The Master's degree in Higher Education prepares students for entry and middle-management positions in student affairs as well as in other professional areas in colleges, universities, community colleges, and policy making organizations.

The M.A. program consists of 30 credit hours of required and elective course work and a field experience.

The program can be completed in one academic year and one summer by students interested in full-time study. It is also possible to complete the program on a part-time basis.

In addition to a core of foundational studies in higher education, the program offers students the opportunity to concentrate on one facet of higher education. Among these are the following:

Student Affairs

  • This concentration prepares students to work as professionals in functional areas of student affairs such as student activities, residence life, admissions, service learning, orientation, career services, and academic advising. Students gain an understanding of the foundations of higher education and student affairs and are able to link theory and practice through class projects and field experience placements.

General Higher Education Administration

  • This concentration prepares students to work as professionals in colleges and universities, policy organizations, and advocacy organizations. Students gain an understanding of the foundations of higher education with a focus on law, policy, and administration and are able to link theory and practice through field experience placements.

Catholic University Leadership

  • This concentration is designed to foster an understanding of higher education administration within Catholic colleges and universities as a vocation in service to the needs of a pluralistic society and for the common good; engender knowledge of institutional culture, identity, and mission in Catholic colleges and universities in the context of decision-making, policy development, research, institutional advancement, intellectual culture and student life; and, enable graduates to bring the resources of the Catholic intellectual tradition to contribute competently and ethically to the mission of Catholic higher education by serving in a broad range of institutional leadership roles and responsibilities.

Faculty advisors work with students on an individual basis to design programs of study and applied field experiences according to the individual student's needs, interests, and goals.

Contact: Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education, Campion Hall, Room 205, 617.552.4185

Department Chair: Ana M. Martínez Alemán

Students who attain an MA in Higher Education from our program are strongly discouraged from applying to the PhD program.

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To be considered for the most competitive financial aid, Interview Day, and graduate assistantships, applications must be COMPLETED by December 1, 2014. Accepted students will be invited to participate in Interview Day on Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20, 2015 to apply for Graduate Assistantships and interview with potential employers in the Higher Education field.


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