Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration will prepare students for further doctoral studies and for mid-level administrative and leadership positions at higher education institutions. The program is designed to enhance career-related skills and will focus on student services, career services, enrollment management, residence life, financial aid, student success, resource allocation, and other administrative functions.

This degree may be completed with or without a thesis. Students seeking the MA in Higher Education Administration may also opt to pursue the Academic Advising Certificate or the Higher Education Assessment and Institutional Research Certificate.

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Admission Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. Three Reference Forms, one from a colleague and two from supervisors 
  5. Professional Statement
  6. Current Resume


Please contact the Department of Educational Leadership for additional requirements:

Box 2119, Huntsville, Texas 77341 or by phone (936) 294-1147 or highered@shsu.edu.

Course Prerequisites are strictly observed.

The degree requires thirty hours of graduate coursework. A comprehensive examination is required during the final semester of coursework.

Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration (Non-Thesis)
HIED 5360Hist & Organization of High Ed3
HIED 5361Contemporary Issues in Higher Education3
HIED 5362Resource Development & Allocation in Higher Education3
HIED 5364Leadership in Education3
HIED 5365Academic Affairs in HIED3
HIED 5366Assessment in Higher Education3
HIED 5367Diverse Student Populations3
HIED 5379Research in Higher Education3
HIED 6360Student Services In Higher Education3
HIED 6372Practicum in Higher Education3
Total Hours30
Master of Arts in HIgher Education (Thesis)
HIED 5360Hist & Organization of High Ed3
HIED 5362Resource Development & Allocation in Higher Education3
HIED 5364Leadership in Education3
HIED 5365Academic Affairs in HIED3
HIED 5366Assessment in Higher Education3
HIED 5367Diverse Student Populations3
HIED 5379Research in Higher Education3
HIED 6360Student Services In Higher Education3
HIED 7088Special Topics in Higher Ed3
EDAD 6387Thesis3