Educational Administration - Higher Education Administration


Educational Administration - Higher Education Administration Master of Arts (M.A.)

Program Length

2 years


Credits

36


Format

Online

Be a Leader of Change in Higher Education

Student success in higher education doesn’t happen by accident. In addition to robust curricula, excellent faculty, and a solid infrastructure, it takes effective administrative leadership. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Master of Arts (MA) in higher education administration offers students who are currently employed at a college or university the opportunity to grow their leadership and administrative skills through a rigorous, entirely online degree.

The Nebraska Difference

We’ve built a program aligned with national standards, supported by research, and accessible for busy professionals seeking to advance their knowledge and careers on college and university campuses. Our team of faculty have gone a step further, identifying key skills and attributes practiced by top leaders in higher education and integrated those skills, knowledge, and dispositions into our program. We call it The Nebraska Difference.

Our Unique Program

Faculty

  • Students learn from faculty who conduct and share leading research on contemporary challenges and opportunities in higher education. These scholars have devoted their careers to teaching, researching, discovering, and sharing what works in higher education administration.
  • Students also learn from faculty with decades of combined experience as higher education administrators and leaders who have lived and breathed the work of directors, coordinators, and supervisors at a variety of higher education institutions.
  • Courses are taught by current UNL administrators and carefully selected external professors, bringing an extra dimension of real-world credibility and authenticity to the program.

Individual Attention, Support, & Hands-on Learning

  • Students apply administrative theory and current research to their unique work environments while building supportive relationships with faculty and colleagues. Students leave the program with an expanded network of support, connections, and perspective.
  • Multiple opportunities to grow through additional, no-cost learning opportunities such as the Women in Educational Leadership Conference (WELC), the Critical Issues Forum, and the Sybouts Student Research Symposium.


Access to Leading Higher Education Professionals

  • Experienced college and university administrators share expertise from the very beginning on current issues, such as enrollment, retention, access, campus culture and climate, law, student involvement, equity and other key topics.

From Day One

  • With a thorough background in theory and experience with its application, our graduates are Day-One-Ready for student engagement and success, recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff, human and alumni relations and other aspects of higher education administration.

Courses and Schedule

  • Part-time students who are full-time employees at colleges and universities complete the program entirely online in just four semesters and two summers, while maintaining their full-time employment.

 "The program has helped me to take a look at myself and figure out how I can best use my strengths to help students. It has even helped me dig deeper into some of my identities, specifically my identity as a First Generation student. I feel I have useful experiences from my own educational journey which I can pull from in order to help students through difficult situations they may be facing."

Mollie Rappl, Residence Life Services Supervisor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Launching Your Journey

Degree Requirements and Course Sequence

The MA degree with a Higher Education Administration focus is an online program designed to serve the needs of those already employed at a college or university and who seek to advance their career in administration. In just four regular semesters and two summer sessions, part-time students can complete the degree. At least 30 hours must be completed after admission to the degree program. Deviating from this sequence may delay program completion, as certain courses are offered at certain times and are subject to enrollment limits. Students unable to follow the sequence above should be in regular communication with their advisor.
All master’s students are required to complete a comprehensive examination during the semester prior to graduating.

  • EDAD 830 Administrative Theory Introduction to classic and contemporary administrative theory as applied to educational organizations. The theoretical nature of the course content is relevant to those with an interest in a broad variety of educational institutions. General organizational theory, organizational models, historical schools of administrative theory, authority, power, motivation, and leadership. Frequently students are involved in studying problems of practice as a means of testing theory.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 832 Higher Education in America History and development of America's colleges and universities and a study of some recent trends and problems in higher education.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 910 Higher Education Environments Universities are adaptive, living systems interacting with their environment. Equips participants with the skills required to analyze and assess the environment of higher education institutions. Environment concepts, components and structures are studied together with analysis techniques and methodological approaches to future study.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 842 College Students in America This course is designed to provide students an understanding of a broad range of facts and issues pertaining to undergraduate college students in America.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 922 Finance in Higher Ed Federal and state government funding, institutional planning, technological and community influences, human resources finance, budgeting, and sources of financial support as they relate to higher education institutions and agencies.
    • Credit Hours: 3
    OR EDAD 925 Law and Higher EdExamination of legal principles applicable to higher education institutions. Overview of the legal system, higher education institutions as legal entities, authority for governance and administration, faculty rights and responsibilities, student rights and responsibilities, institutional and personal liability, and other selected issues.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective EDAD unless advisor approves outside
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 800 Foundations of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administration A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 840 College Student Development Introduction to human development theories; psychosocial, cognitive, and structural theories, with a focus on learning to use theory to improve skills in working with students.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 845 Personnel Management The various aspects of human resources (HR) management and how they contribute to mission accomplishment and organizational success in American higher education (HIED). Students will examine traditional HR responsibilities (e.g., recruitment and selection, supervision and utilization, evaluation, professional development, pay and benefits, etc.) and how these activities operate within a college/university setting. Strategic HR planning concepts will be emphasized for optimizing human capital and strengthening institutional capabilities in the ever-changing HIED environment.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective EDAD unless advisor approves outside
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 922 Finance in Higher Ed Federal and state government funding, institutional planning, technological and community influences, human resources finance, budgeting, and sources of financial support as they relate to higher education institutions and agencies.
    • Credit Hours: 3
    OR EDAD 925 Law and Higher EdExamination of legal principles applicable to higher education institutions. Overview of the legal system, higher education institutions as legal entities, authority for governance and administration, faculty rights and responsibilities, student rights and responsibilities, institutional and personal liability, and other selected issues.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective EDAD unless advisor approves outside
    • Credit Hours: 3

Frequently Asked Questions

What sets us apart?

 "The online MA in higher education administration provided essential information to equip me for a future career in higher education. I felt supported throughout this program by professors. And my biggest takeaway was learning about my identity as a first-generation, former student-athlete of color. As soon as I learned about black men in institutions having the lowest graduation and retention rate out of all races and genders in the country, it was obvious to me that I wanted to work with students and student-athletes of color. The online MA gave me the flexibility to complete my program as a student athlete, and the knowledge and credential to attain my professional goals."

Mikale Wilbon, Program Coordinator Intern at Multicultural Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Application Process

The application deadline is March 1.
Are you interested in our online programs?

The MA degree with a Higher Education Administration focus is an online program. In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education's new regulation (34 C.F.R.§ 600.9) regarding legal authorization to provide postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education in a state in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the state, the University of Nebraska monitors developments in state laws in every state. The most recent information on whether UNL is approved in your state can be found at the following link: http://online.unl.edu/About/State-Regulatory-Authorization.aspx

What will I need to apply to the program?
  • Begin by completing the Graduate Application
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Allow one business day after applying for Graduate Studies to email you a link to check the status of your application.
  • Upload your unofficial (electronic) transcript(s) via MyRed when prompted to do so.
  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Demonstrate English proficiency (if your native language is not English) by providing at least one of the following:

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Want to know more? Talk to our Program Coordinator

Katherine Wesley Assistant Professor of Practice, Higher Education Administration M.A. Coordinator, Executive Director National Council of Instructional Administrators

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