Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration

Masters of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration

The Master's degree in Higher Education Administration at KU is primarily designed for individuals preparing for administrative careers in higher education. The program consists of 36 credit hours of integrated courses and hands-on experiences - all of which can be completed in two years.

The graduate program allows students to extend and apply their knowledge of colleges and universities, and to gain relevant experience in higher education administration. Graduate students will learn from expert scholars and practitioners, as well as fellow classmates, who bring diverse leadership experiences to the higher education administration program at KU.

Graduate students enrolled in the program, can expect to complete coursework and gain experiences that meet specific learning objectives, such as:

  • Gain knowledge of organization, culture, diversity & history of higher education Institutions
  • Understand relevant research on student development theories and its impact on students
  • Incorporate a professional expression of cultural competence
  • Use literature to link higher education administration theory with practice
  • Relate relevant assistantship experiences to classroom learning
  • Consider hands-on internship experiences for graduate course credit
  • Demonstrate proficient writing skills and mastery of APA format


Students admitted to the full-time Master’s degree program are required to secure and maintain a graduate assistantship at KU (or another local higher education institution). Students receive in-state tuition, health insurance and a stipend as part of their assistantship at KU where they typically work between 20-30 hours per week.

The number and type of available assistantships will vary slightly from year to year, though assistantship positions are typically available in the following offices:

  • KU Student Housing
  • Office of Admissions
  • Office of First Year Experience (FYE)
  • Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC)
  • Student Involvement & Leadership Center (SILC)
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships