Master of Education in Higher Education Administration

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Institutions of higher education around the world are facing considerable pressures that range from changing demographics to financial strain. The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration degree program is designed to provide working professionals with the foundation to understand the structure, governance, and operation of various higher education organizations.

Graduates are positioned for leadership roles within all segments of higher education, including alumni relations, financial aid, marketing, consulting, accreditation agencies, and other specialized institutes.


  • Prepare to work and advance effectively by learning the complex organizational structure and historical context of higher education and the changing role of the faculty
  • Learn about the accelerating influence of public policy upon this sector
  • Gain overarching familiarity of higher education administrative functions and operations both nationally and globally
  • Understand how the changes in student demographics affect higher education institutions
  • Examine the societal impact of technology, such as MOOCS has upon education worldwide

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  • No application fee
  • No GRE or GMAT required



Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2017 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Courses (9 q.h.)

Complete these courses in the following order during your first and second terms of study:

EDU 6050 Education as an Advanced Field of Study 5 q.h.
EDU 6051 Culture, Power, Equity, and Influence 4 q.h.


Required Concentration Courses (20 q.h.)

Complete the following three courses (12 q.h.):

EDU 6201   The Landscape of Higher Education  4 q.h.
EDU 6447 The Demographics of Higher Education 4 q.h.
EDU 6324 Competencies, Assessment, and Learning Analytics 4 q.h.

Complete one of the following courses (4 q.h.):

EDU 6221 Enrollment, Retention, Graduation, Success 4 q.h.
EDU 6202 Faculty, Curriculum, and Academic Community 4 q.h.
EDU 6203 Education Law, Policy, and Finance 4 q.h. 

Complete one of the following courses (4 q.h.):

EDU 6450 The Globalization of Education 4 q.h.
INT 6900 International Field Experience  4 q.h. 


Electives (12 q.h.)

Complete three elective courses from the following:

EDU 6319 How People Learn 4 q.h.
EDU 6332 Open Learning  4 q.h. 
EDU 6330 Digital Media Literacy 4 q.h. 
EDU 6558 Issues in Education 4 q.h. 
EDU 6321 Models for Learning Design 4 q.h. 
EDU 6333 Social Media and Beyond 4 q.h. 
EDU 6300 Introduction to Language and Linguistics  4 q.h. 
EDU 6534  Bilingualism, Second Language and Literacy Development  4 q.h. 

Capstone (4 q.h.)

Complete the following course in your last term:

EDU 6225 Capstone 4 q.h.

Required minimum credit hours: 45 q.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $24,840.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

In Depth | Learning Outcomes

What can I gain from the Master's in Higher Education Administration?

It is rooted in the real-world practices of colleges and universities. True to Northeastern’s experiential learning model, this degree goes beyond teaching theory to help you apply what you study and analyze the results. Each course focuses on real-world application of the theories you learn in class.

It is specialized. Our focus on Higher Education Administration allows you to fully explore this field and concentrate on your career trajectory.

You get a global perspective. Because the program is online, you have the opportunity to connect with fellow professionals from around the world, who share diverse experiences and exchange ways to solve common challenges.

You create an ePortfolio. Through your ePortfolio, or collection of work in an electronic format, you can document your progress towards program and professional goals. These samples illustrate your distinct abilities to employers. Learn more about ePortfolios

What to expect

What is the student experience like?
  • Intensive, challenging online classes
  • Enthusiastic, congenial professional students
  • Extremely interactive, much like a classroom experience
  • Regular interaction with fellow educators from around the world
  • Group project-based work
  • Exposure to the next-generation online learning
  • Engagement in critical dialogue and debate
  • Curriculum incorporates experiential learning
Who is a good fit for this program?
  • You either work in higher education or are interested in making a career change
  • You have a passion to make a meaningful impact in higher education
  • You work as administrator or policymaker
  • You work in higher education, such as student affairs, alumni relations, financial aid or marketing
  • Your work in an accreditation agency or as a consultant
The Higher Education Administration Concentration prepares graduates to: 
  • Work across multiple types of institutions, including the administrative functions and operations within community colleges, colleges, institutes, and universities in the U.S. and globally.
  • Advance within administrative sectors of a higher education institution (e.g., administration, student life, enrollment management, financial aid).
  • Articulate the history, present state, and anticipated future of higher education in a global society, including:
    • Issues affecting higher education
    • Roles and functions of various administrative and academic personnel, as well as students, trustees, and alumni
    • Administration, leadership, and management in higher education
    • Structure and governance of varied higher education institutions
    • Policy and legal aspects and their impact on higher education
    • Budgeting and finance within higher education
  • Apply research in the field of higher education to professional practice in institutions of higher education.
  • Identify local, national, and global disruptions and their impact on higher education policy and practice, in order to participate in change within higher education.


Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge 
    Elucidate the major theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry and schools of practice in the field of study, articulate their sources, and illustrate both their applications and their relationships to allied fields of study.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge 
    Design and execute an applied, investigative, or creative work that draws on the perspectives and methods of other fields of study and assess the resulting advantages and challenges of including these perspectives and methods.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning 
    Design and implement a project or performance that requires the application of advanced knowledge gained in the field of study to a practical challenge, articulate in writing or another medium the insights gained from this experience, and assess approaches, scholarly debates, or standards for professional performance applicable to the challenge.
  4. Civic and Global Learning 
    Assess and develop a position on a public policy question with significance in the field of study, taking into account both scholarship and published or electronically posted positions and narratives of relevant interest groups.
  5. Experiential Learning 
    Integrate education-specific best practices and tools into experiential learning opportunities offered in the program.

Careers & Faculty

Industry Information

Employment among postsecondary education administrators for 2022 is projected to be 185,300, a projected 15% increase from 2012. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013



Most students go on to work within research universities, community colleges, state colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, or higher education institutions and agencies. Graduates of this program hold a wide range of positions in administration, enrollment, admissions, financial aid, student life, consulting, information technology or other sectors; both within and aligned with higher education.

Professional pathways include:
  • Loan Officer
  • Academic Coordinator
  • Consultant
  • Marketer
  • Senior Director of Strategic Marketing
  • Assistant Dean of Admissions
  • Education Entrepreneur


Our faculty is comprised of academics from around the country with years of experience in the field of higher education. They are actively engaged in their own careers in academic institutions, companies and organizations around the country, building better institutions and changing the lives of its students.

Their national perspective is a vital component of the program. It can help you gain a broader understanding of the impact of custom learning solutions on different groups of people.

Meet all of our Graduate Education Program faculty.


Who Will Your Classmates Be?

Your fellow students are career professionals who enroll having worked in institutions of higher learning, not-for-profit or for-profit organizations, or organizations that serve higher education around the world. The student body is very diverse but share a passion to deepen their knowledge of educational theory and practice, while learning strategies and building the leadership skills to improve education.


Alumni Profiles

Lisa P. Master of Education, Higher Education Administration
Lisa P., Master of Education Graduate

Why she chose to study at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies: "The MED program at the College of Professional Studies allowed me the opportunity to complete my program while maintaining my full-time job. The flexibility in the curriculum was great and really allowed me to get what I wanted out of the program."

On how this degree will impact her professionally: "From day one of class I was able to apply the materials in my current position. Now, I feel equipped with the tools I need to pursue a leadership position in higher education."


Margaret L. Master of Education, Higher Education Administration
Margaret L., Master of Education Graduate

Why she chose to study at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies: "As a Northeastern alumni, completing my MED through the College of Professional Studies was the perfect way to get a great education while getting to work on campus and stay true to my husky roots."

About her favorite class: "My favorite MED class was our capstone course that allowed us to create an educational program ad, something I will be using in my current position."


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