Slider Status

Get Started
Step 1

By submitting this request for more information, you are giving your express written consent for Lindenwood University and its partners to contact you regarding our educational programs and services using email, telephone or text - including our use of automated technology for calls and periodic texts to the wireless number you provide. Message and data rates may apply. This consent is not required to purchase good or services and you may always email us directly, including to opt out, at [email protected].

By submitting this request for more information, you are giving your express written consent for Lindenwood University and its partners to contact you regarding our educational programs and services using email, telephone or text - including our use of automated technology for calls and periodic texts to the wireless number you provide. Message and data rates may apply. This consent is not required to purchase good or services and you may always email us directly, including to opt out, at [email protected].

Master’s in Higher Education Administration

Higher Education Administration, MA

Make an Impact on Higher Learning

Prepare for a variety of careers at a postsecondary learning institution with the online Master of Arts (MA) in Higher Education Administration program at Lindenwood University. Through this online master’s in higher education program, you will gain the knowledge needed for teaching college-level courses or administrative and managerial careers.  

Our master’s in higher education administration online program helps you develop leadership, advocacy, interpersonal, and organizational skills. As you discover how to succeed at a two- or four-year school, you will explore how to incorporate instructional technologies and outstanding teaching strategies into the higher education setting.  

Additionally, our online master’s in higher education offers the ability to learn from interviews and videos featuring national experts in the field of higher education.  


Program at a Glance

24 months

Duration

33

Credit Hours

$551

Cost per Credit

100%

Online

Course Spotlight

Your online MA higher education administration degree coursework can deepen your approach to teaching or to oversight of educational programs within post-secondary administration. Advance your approach as an educator or administrator through primary focuses across leadership, enhanced through topical studies in the following areas:   

  • Leadership, EdD Curriculum & Instruction Emphasis
  • Public Policy in Higher Education
  • Governance, Management, and Administration in Higher Education
  • Outcomes Assessment and Instructional Improvement

Essential Skills & Insights  

Coursework in this online master’s in higher education program covers the following: 

  • Leadership Aptitude – develop advanced skills in analytical thinking, decision-making, and communications.  
  • Adaptable Leadership – cultivate a well-rounded foundation of leadership to effectively serve diverse learning communities.   
  • Ethical Awareness– learn to apply higher education teaching and leadership through an ethical lens.  
  • Technology Literacy – understand how technology impacts higher education and how to use it effectively within curriculum development and instructional approach.  

Career Outlook

Graduates can take on the rewarding challenges of teaching or administration at the post-secondary education level. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), post-secondary education teachers can earn a median annual salary of $79,640, while post-secondary education administrators earn $96,910 annually. Other career paths can include Academic Advisor, Enrollment Manager, Academic Dean, Education Consultant, Department Chair/Head and Chief Academic Officer.  

Admissions Requirements

For admission to your program, you will need to complete your online application and submit the following documents:

  • Online Application
  • Résumé
  • Letter of intent/personal statement, including a personal statement regarding your interest in the program and career goals
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) as well as official transcript(s) from any graduate school(s) attended
  • Transcripts demonstrating completion of undergraduate degree in related field with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all major coursework.
  • The official results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required if GPA is below 3.0.  
  • Contact information for three academic and/or professional references.  
  • 1,000-word statement of purpose describing applicant’s goals.  
  • Specific deliverables depending on area of study, such as a writing sample and/or portfolio of work. 

Tuition

The cost per credit hour for this online master’s in higher education program is $551. Besides being ranked ranked No. 17 on Niche.com’s list of Best Value Colleges in Missouri, we build in unique benefits such as our 20 percent discount per credit hour for returning alumni pursuing their master’s degree. 

Transfer Credits

Lindenwood offers a generous transfer policy of up to 9 credits toward your degree completion to further offset tuition costs. This means you can complete your degree in as few as 24 credit hours at Lindenwood—saving you time and money on your education!  

Another benefit of our transfer credit program is our Prior Learning Credit opportunity, which lets you earn credit based on your prior education and/or work experiences. Undergraduate and graduate students can qualify for this advantage.   

Plus, you can personalize your transfer experience through Lindenwood’s Transfer Guides. These guides are part of our articulation partnerships with area community college to help you get the most value from your transfer credit.  

Interested in discovering related programs? Explore the following programs to find the best fit for your future: 

If you aren’t sure which program is right for you, filling out the form on this page and speaking to a Lindenwood representative is the best way to determine your path forward!  

Frequently Asked Questions

Higher education administration is leadership at the post-secondary level, including within colleges and universities, at the departmental or institutional level.

A Master of Arts in Education emphasizes practical skills and subject-specific focuses, whereas a Master of Education takes a wider-scope approach, preparing educators more broadly to understand and critically evaluate the practice of education.

An online master’s in higher education at Lindenwood can develop you in areas from leadership to instructional approaches to curriculum design and much more.

A degree in higher education can prepare you to pursue post-secondary teaching or administration career paths. Not to mention, earning your online master’s in higher education at Lindenwood can give you flexibility in balancing your learning goals with your other commitments.

A master’s in higher education can prepare you to pursue a number of career paths that can meaningfully impact higher ed learning, including Academic Advisor, Enrollment Manager, Academic Dean, Education Consultant, Department Chair/Head and Chief Academic Officer and much more.

You do not need a bachelor’s degree specifically in education to pursue your online master’s in higher education.

Why Choose Lindenwood University Online?

Since 1832, Lindenwood University has served students worldwide with affordable, high-quality academic programs providing real experience and real success. After nearly 200 years of academic excellence, Lindenwood is committed to a set of core values, including integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity, and community.

Quality

Quality

We evolve our online degree programs to reflect the latest in academic research and innovation and to meet the top standards of higher education.

Affordability

Affordability

We are committed to offering our students studying online low tuition rates on top of multiple ways to save on your education.

Career-Focused

Career-Focused

Our programs align curriculum to industry realities from experienced instructors who share real-world insights.

Support

Support

We employ experts who are dedicated to helping our students with financial aid planning, enrollment counseling, tutoring services, and more.

We are committed to helping you succeed.

Throughout each step of your online degree program, you will receive support. From enrollment and tuition planning to staying on the right track, your support team is there to ensure your success.

Go Top
Request info