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Higher Education Administration


Higher education administration programs prepare people to manage community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities.

Higher education administration programs include topics such as:


To enter a higher education administration program, students must already have a bachelor's degree.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in higher education administration. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Graduate Program Courses

A master's degree program in higher education administration typically includes courses such as the following:

A doctoral degree program in higher education administration typically includes more courses such as the above, plus courses on research methods and advanced statistics, such as the following:

In addition, graduate programs typically require the following:

Things to Know

In a doctoral program, you may have opportunities to work part time as a research assistant or teaching assistant. Although either of these activities can extend the amount of time it takes to get your degree, you are paid for the work, your tuition fees may be waived, and they help build your career.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Northeastern University - Seattle

University of Washington - Bothell

University of Washington - Seattle

West Side Area

Saint Martin's University