Master of Arts Higher Education Administration

  • Apply credits to FDU’s Doctor of Education – Higher Education
  • Real world experience with a required three-credit internship
  • No GMAT or GRE required

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If you’re a current or aspiring professional, the master’s in higher education administration online degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University can help you build or advance your career in higher education. The program prepares you for roles in administrative and student support services within the higher education sector, offering both the theoretical and practical training you need to professionally advance.

Throughout the program, you’ll have the opportunity to develop critical leadership skills and gain an in-depth understanding of the complex challenges facing colleges and universities today. To better fit your individual career goals, our program allows you to customize 18 hours of coursework in electives to further develop your knowledge of administration, admission, financial aid, risk management and more.

To ensure you gain hands-on training, the program requires a master’s project and an internship. Through these experiences, you will learn how to synchronize your knowledge and apply it practically to the real world.

At FDU, you’ll learn from dynamic faculty with years of experience in their fields. Plus, you’ll benefit from the flexibility of an online education, which allows you to fit your education around a schedule that works for you.

Path to Doctor of Education – Higher Learning:

Master’s in higher education administration online students can receive advanced standing into the Ed.D. in Higher Education program upon admission. You can apply 6–9 credits of your 36-credit M.A. in Higher Education Administration degree towards the 45-credit Ed.D. upon admission.

Once in the M.A. in Higher Education Administration, students must be accepted into the Ed.D. program and maintain the required GPA and program requirements to advance to the Ed.D.

The Ed.D. in Higher Education is a fully online 45-credit program designed to bring fresh insights to the critical issues facing colleges and universities. Our practitioner-driven degree offers immediate real-world application and can be completed in 26 months without career interruption. The curriculum provides a strong understanding of the history, culture and structure of higher education and a firm foundation in such operational areas as enrollment management, leadership, strategic planning and use of data analytics to understand the systemic issues affecting higher education today.


Courses and Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the master’s in higher education administration online program will need to submit the following:

Applicants must possess a four-year degree from an accredited college or university, during which they must have maintained a GPA of 2.75 or higher. This program does not require GMAT or GRE scores for admission.

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