Online Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Higher Education Administration

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Complete Coursework: as little as 24 months

Credit Hours: 36

This program prepares students for key positions in colleges and universities as administrators, educators and scholars. Designed and taught by the respected faculty from the College of Human Sciences & Education, the MA in Higher Education Administration examines the diverse nature of higher education institutions and their diverse community of stakeholders.

The course curriculum helps candidates develop the leadership vision, industry expertise and management skills needed to assume leadership positions across a broad spectrum of higher education fields—including admissions, financial aid, counseling, Greek affairs, student activities, alumni relations, and career planning and placement. All master's candidates in the HEA concentration will be required to complete a standard comprehensive final exam. Students may choose to complete a web-based portfolio or write a reflective essay.

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The program consists of 12 courses. Each course is 7 weeks long.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply through the LSU Graduate School and have the following in order to be considered for program admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution*
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on all undergraduate work (or in the final 60 credit hours) and for any graduate work already completed
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE alternative for applications who possess a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate studies and have two years of full-time post-secondary work experience in a higher education setting.

*Applicants with foreign credit hours are strongly encouraged to provide course-by-course evaluation of these credentials.


All courses have a 7 week duration and 3 credit hours.

ELRC 4249: Understanding and Applying Research in Education
For the specialist or non-thesis master’s degree student. Instructing teachers and administrators to become intelligent consumers of research.

ELRC 4364: Student Affairs in Higher Education
Basic concepts and issues in the college student affair field.

ELRC 4365:  Basic Course in Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to basic communication skills and counseling techniques.

ELRC 7404:  Internship in Educational Administration
This course is designed to expand knowledge of functional units in student affairs through in-depth analysis. Through analysis, students are able to develop a broader sense of potential career paths and understanding of practice. Additionally, the course will provide an overview of the relevant issues in higher education and student affairs.

ELRC 7600:  Issues of Race and Gender in Higher Education
Historical and socio-political perspectives on the higher education experiences of women, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Hispanics, focusing primarily on the period from the 1960s to the present.

ELRC 7601: Foundations of Higher Education
History of the sociological and philosophical foundations for higher education in the United States.

ELRC 7602:  Organization and Administration of Higher Education
Organization and administration of postsecondary education in the United States and abroad; organizational theory; organization and governance structure of American higher education; patterns of institutional administration.

ELRC 7603:  Leadership in Higher Education
Analysis of leadership issues and theory relating to postsecondary education, including the college presidency and academic governance; institutional culture; student diversity, curricular change and new providers of higher education.

ELRC 7605:  Higher Education and the Law
Legal issues concerning higher education, including tenure, academic freedom, campus crime, sexual harassment, laws against discrimination, student discipline and liability for accidents and injuries.

ELRC 7607:  Finance in Higher Education
Public policy and theory of financing higher education; topics include tuition, pricing, tuition policy, financial management of institutions and financial aid.

ELRC 7609:  Strategic Planning in Higher Education
Strategic plans for institutions of higher education; processes by which those plans are developed; higher education strategy within the context of the cultural and competitive environment; emphasis on current topics in organizational strategy.

ELRC 7610: Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Analysis of assessment and evaluation practices in higher education; role of assessment in policy development and strategic planning.

ELRC 7611: College Students in the United States
Critical analysis of issues related to college students in the United States, including access, choice, climate, student organizations, and development and identity.

ELRC 7612: Student Development Theory
Explores the development of students in the higher education environment, including theories and research related to intellectual, moral, ego, psychosocial, career, and spiritual development.

ELRC 7613: Community College
An overview of two-year, post-secondary institutions in the United States examining historical foundations and critiquing current issues, trends, and challenges.


Paul Manthei

*The LSU Board of Supervisors may modify tuition and/or fees at any time without advance notice.

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