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:
- Loan Officer
- Academic Coordinator
- Senior Director of Strategic Marketing
- Assistant Dean of Admissions
- Education Entrepreneur
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Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term. If you are an international applicant, please view our international application deadlines.
Fall Term A:
Start date: September 18
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 8
Fall Term B:
Start date: October 30
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 18
Winter Term A:
Start date: January 9
Recommended Admissions Deadline: November 28
Winter Term B:
Start date: February 21
Recommended Admissions Deadline: January 9
Spring Term A:
Start date: April 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: February 27
Spring Term B:
Start date: May 22
Recommended Admissions Deadline: April 10
Summer Term A:
Start date: July 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: May 29
Summer Term B:
Start date: August 7
Recommended Admissions Deadline: June 26
- Online application
- 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
- Professional resume
- Official undergraduate transcripts: must be provided in a stamped and sealed envelope from the institution(s), stating degree conferral and date
- 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
- TOEFL, IELTS, or NU Global Exam scores
45 total quarter hours required.
Concentration in Higher Education Administration
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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 230,000 alumni and 3,000 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.
Where They Work
- Boston Public Schools
- Chicago Public Schools
- NYC Department of Education
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Tufts University
What They Do
- Community and Social Services
- Business Development
- Human Services
What They're Skilled At
- Public Speaking
- Curriculum Development
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.