The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration Online Program provides the foundation and real-world application graduates need to excel in leadership roles in higher education.
Institutions of higher education around the world are facing considerable pressures that range from changing demographics to financial strain. The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration degree program is designed to provide working professionals with the foundation to understand the structure, governance, and operation of various higher education organizations.
True to Northeastern’s experiential learning model, this degree goes beyond teaching theory to help you apply what you study and analyze the results. Each course focuses on real-world application of the theories you learn in class and students have the opportunity to connect with fellow professionals from around the world, who share diverse experiences and exchange ways to solve common challenges.
Students also create an ePortfolio, or collection of work in an electronic format, you can document your progress towards program and professional goals. These samples illustrate your distinct abilities to employers. Graduates are positioned for leadership roles within all segments of higher education, including student affairs, alumni relations, financial aid, marketing, consulting, accreditation agencies, and other specialized institutes.
Engage in experiential learning and a Capstone project
Interactive learning and group project-based work allow students to network and build global connections
Students design and create an e-portfolio to document their progress and work in the program
Online Program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals
Prepare to work and advance effectively by learning the complex organizational structure and historical context of higher education and the changing role of the faculty
Learn about the accelerating influence of public policy upon this sector
Gain overarching familiarity of higher education administrative functions and operations both nationally and globally
Understand how the changes in student demographics affect higher education institutions
Examine the societal impact of technology, such as MOOCS, on education worldwide
Employment among postsecondary education administrators for 2022 is projected to be 185,300, a projected 15% increase from 2012 (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013). Most students go on to work within research universities, community colleges, state colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, or higher education institutions and agencies. Graduates of this program hold a wide range of positions in administration, enrollment, admissions, financial aid, student life, consulting, information technology or other sectors; both within and aligned with higher education.
Professional pathways include:
Financial Aid Counselor
Development and Fundraising Officer
Alumni Relations Coordinator
Academic Records Specialist
Assistant Director of Marketing and Communication
Assistant Dean of Admissions
Consultant and Education Entrepreneur
"The MED program at the College of Professional Studies allowed me the opportunity to complete my program while maintaining my full-time job. The flexibility in the curriculum was great and really allowed me to get what I wanted out of the program."
Lisa P. Master of Education, Higher Education Administration
"As a Northeastern alumni, completing my MED through the College of Professional Studies was the perfect way to get a great education while getting to work on campus and stay true to my husky roots."
Margaret L. Master of Education, Higher Education Administration
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
English Language Proficiency Proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty and industry partners.
Master of Education in Higher Education Administration General Requirements
45 total quarter hours required.
EDU 6050 - Education as an Advanced Field of Study
EDU 6051 - Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
Concentration in Higher Education Administration
EDU 6201 - The Landscape of Higher Education
EDU 6324 - Competencies, Assessment, and Learning Analytics
EDU 6447 - The Demographics of Higher Education
Complete one of the following:
EDU 6202 - Faculty, Curriculum, and Academic Community
EDU 6203 - Education Law, Policy, and Finance
EDU 6221 - Enrollment, Retention, Graduation, Success
Complete one of the following:
EDU 6450 - The Globalization of Education
INT 6900 - International Field Study Experience
3.00 - 4.00
Complete 12 quarter hours from the following:
EDU 6520 - Learning and the Brain: Translating Research into Practice
EDU 6319 - How People Learn
EDU 6332 - Open Learning
EDU 6330 - Digital Media Literacy
EDU 6558 - Issues in Education
1.00 - 4.00
EDU 6300 - Introduction to Language and Linguistics
EDU 6534 - Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development
EDU 6182 - Educational Statistics
EDU 6329 - Connecting Theory and Practice
Complete the following course last:
EDU 6225 - Capstone
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.