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M.Ed. with a Specialization in Higher Education Administration

Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Higher Education Administration Online

Complete Coursework: as little as 15 months Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $451 per credit hour*

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education is designed for students seeking careers in student affairs and higher education administration. Designed and taught by practitioners and respected LSU College of Human Sciences & Education faculty, the M.A. in Higher Education Administration examines the diverse nature of higher education institutions and their unique community of stakeholders.

The curriculum helps candidates develop the leadership vision, higher education knowledge, and management skills needed to assume leadership positions across a broad spectrum of higher education fields—including (but not exclusive to) recruiting, admissions, orientation, financial aid, counseling, Greek affairs, student activities, academic support services, student athlete support services, and career planning and placement. All master's candidates in the HEA concentration are required to complete a standard comprehensive final exam. Learn more.

Current students hold bachelor degrees in a variety of fields, including business, communications, sports management, and general studies. Most students pursuing graduate education in higher education are working at a college or university in a student services or actively involved in campus life.

The program consists of 12 courses. Each course is 7 weeks long.

*The LSU Board of Supervisors may modify tuition and/or fees at any time without advance notice.


Online Courses


History of the sociological and philosophical foundations for higher education in the United States.
For the specialist or nonthesis master’s degree student. Instructing teachers and administrators to become intelligent consumers of research.
Critical analysis of issues related to college students in the United States, including access, choice, climate, student organizations and development and identity.
This course is designed to expand knowledge of functional units in student affairs through in-depth analysis. Through analysis, students are able to develop a broader sense of potential career paths and understanding of practice. Additionally, the course will provide an overview of the relevant issues in higher education and student affairs. By course completion, students will possess an expanded knowledge base to be better professionals by understanding additional functional areas. This course must be taken twice to fulfill the 6 hour requirement. Pass-fail grading. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit. For advanced graduate students qualified for internship in educational administration.
Public policy and theory of financing higher education; topics include tuition, pricing, tuition policy, financial management of institutions and financial aid.
Legal issues concerning higher education, including tenure, academic freedom, campus crime, sexual harassment, laws against discrimination, student discipline and liability for accidents and injuries.
An overview of two-year, post-secondary institutions in the United States examining historical foundations and critiquing current issues, trends, and challenges.
Analysis of assessment and evaluation practices in higher education; role of assessment in policy development and strategic planning.
Basic concepts and issues in the college student affairs field.
Introduction to basic communication skills and counseling techniques.
Explores the development of students in the higher education environment, including theories and research related to intellectual, moral, ego, psychosocial, career and spiritual development.
Organization and administration of postsecondary education in the United States and abroad; organizational theory; organization and governance structure of American higher education; patterns of institutional administration.
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