Master of Arts (M.A.) in Higher Education

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Higher Education


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.

Most students complete the program full-time in two academic years. Students with substantial professional experience have the opportunity to complete the program full-time in one academic year and one summer. It is also possible to complete the program on a part-time basis.

  • Knowledge of the important issues facing higher education
  • Knowledge of foundational, methodological and concentration content
  • Demonstrated competence in communication skills, cooperation and teamwork, work quality and quantity, and job knowledge as assessed in the Field Experience Performance Review and Development Plan.

At a Glance


How many courses?

This program consists of 10 courses for a total of 30 credits. 


How long will it take?

Full time students will typically complete the program in 2 years.
Part time students can take 3-4 years to complete the program.


When can I start?

Students can begin the program only in the Fall semester


Degree Concentrations

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.

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.

The top-ranked Catholic graduate school of education in the country, the Lynch School offers the only master's degree in higher education that prepares students to shape the policies, practices, and intellectual life of Catholic colleges and universities while supporting the continuing formation of diverse students in their own journey of faith and spiritual development. This course of study integrates theories of student development, sociology of religion, institutional culture, leadership formation, policy development and theological topics in a Catholic higher education setting.

Program Faculty & Expertise


What will I study?


Curriculum


  • Courses: 10
  • Credits: 30
  • Comprehensive Exam

Please note that courses may vary depending on concentration and semester. View the program of study below for full course listings.

Where do our graduates work?


Merrimack College

Resident Director

The Legal Aid Society

Education Attorney

Princeton University

Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Fordham University

Admission Counselor

 

University of Connecticut

Career Consultant

Kyung Hee University

Policy Analyst

Monsignor Haddad Middle School

Guidance Counselor

MCPHS University

International Services Specialist

Brown University

Study Abroad Advisor

University of Miami

Director of Enrollment Marketing and Operations

Elms College

President

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the ELHE Department.

Financial Assistance


Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. Here’s why:

Application Information

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Deadlines

Regular Decision
12/1/19
Rolling Admission
After 12/1/19
Spring
Regular Decision
11/1/19

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.

Resume

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
    Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from academic sources are required, but applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional letters of reference from supervisors.

Transcripts

Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:

  • Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

This program does not require the GRE or any other standardized test. If you wish to submit a score report, the Lynch School code is 3218.

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education. Learn about requirements for international students.

Contact Us

  gsoe@bc.edu
  617-552-4214