Education: Higher Education Administration, M.A.

Master of Science/Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

About the Degree

The master's program in Higher Education Administration is directed toward the study of administrative and academic operations of colleges and universities. It is designed around criteria of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and with recognized thought of scholars in the various areas of higher education administration.

The Master's degree in Higher Education Administration prepares students for entry and middle-management positions in two and four year institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and for-profit corporations.

Salary and Career Outlook

The career outlook for the field is positive with a projected growth of 15% for postsecondary educational administrators from 2012-2022

Salaries for entry level professionals range from $30,000 (plus room and board) to $50,000 pending the job, location, etc.

Why Akron?

The Higher Education Administration Master’s degree program is an accelerated, 36 credit hour program. This enables students to engage in pertinent coursework in a streamlined way that enables them to move into a professional position in a timely manner. Courses are offered in a variety of settings (e.g. face-to-face, online, hybrid) to accommodate working professionals. The program prides itself on being a “generalist program” that prepares graduates to work in almost any office or career in postsecondary education. Our curriculum also enables students to develop transferable administrative skills that are applicable in both for-profit and non-profit organizational settings.

Our focus on training and educating higher education generalists who are prepared to work in a myriad of academic and administrative positions makes us distinctive within the state of Ohio. The accelerated timeline also sets us apart from similar degree programs.

Contact Information

            Program Coordinator:            Dr. Peggy L. McCann

                                                            Central Hower, Room 303H


                                                            (330) 972-5742                                 

            Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                                            Polsky Building, Room 467


                                                            (330) 972-7664