Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration (MA)

The Master's degree in Higher Education Administration at William Paterson University is an advanced and in-depth study of the history, structure, organization and administration of colleges and universities in the United States. The program is designed to enhance the professional and career development of current and future managers, leaders and executives within institutions of higher education. The program includes four specialized concentrations: Student Development, Leadership Studies, Academic Administration, and Assessment & Planning. The concentrations offered in the 2015-2016 academic year are Student Development and Leadership Studies.

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The program is run using a cohort model (a prescribed two year, a part-time sequence in which all candidates take the same two courses each semester), with classes given in the fall, spring and summer semesters, utilizing face-to-face/hybrid evening courses as well as online courses. During the capstone course for all concentrations, students carry out a research project in a higher education workplace setting which allows them to demonstrate the practical application of higher education administration theory.

Students will also develop a professional e-portfolio aligned with the Professional Competency Areas of the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). img 1

Entry Requirements

Each applicant must clearly demonstrate that he/she can fulfill the requirements of the program and have the capacity to successfully complete graduate-level coursework.

Documentation of all these requirements must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Services, Morrison Hall, Room 102.

1. Transcripts:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • An applicant who has a graduate degree from an accredited college or university must have a GPA of not less than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

2. Admission Testing:

  • Applicants must achieve a minimum verbal score of 450 (older scale: prior to August 1, 2011) or 150 (current scale) on the Graduate Record Examination or a scale score of at least 388 on the Miller Analogies Test and submit an official score to the Graduate Office.
  • MAT/GRE admission testing requirement is waived for applicants holding graduate degrees and a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

3. Letters of Recommendation:

  • Two letters of recommendation are required from professional sources that can attest to the candidate’s professional and academic abilities to complete graduate work.
  • Letters must be on official letterhead with original signatures.

4. Essay:

Applicants must submit a 250-500 word essay explaining his or her reasons for applying to this graduate program.

5. Interview:

Each applicant will have a personal interview before being accepted for matriculation.

Core Courses (21 credits, selection based on concentration chosen)

  • ELHE-6000: Current Issues in Higher Education
  • ELHE-6001: History of American Higher Education
  • ELHE-6002: Theories of College Student Development
  • ELHE-6003: Organization & Governance in American Higher Education
  • ELHE-6004: Legal Issues in American Higher Education
  • ELHE-6005: Public Policy Analysis
  • ELHE-6006: American Post-Secondary Education: Structure & Function
  • ELHE-6007: Finance in American Higher Education
  • ELHE-6008: Higher Education as a Profession
  • ELHE-6030: Educational Research in Higher Education Administration*
  • ELHE-6062: Capstone Experience Seminar*

*ELHE-6030 and ELHE-6062 are required for all students

Student Development Concentration (15 credits)

  • ELHE-6052: Student Development Policy and Practice
  • ELHE-6050: Assessment Practice
  • ELHE-6002: Theories of College Student Development
  • ELHE-6008: Higher Education as a Profession
  • ELHE-6061: Practicum in Student Development


Leadership Studies Concentration (15 credits)

  • ELHE-6060: Leadership Studies
  • ELHE-6053: Higher Education Management
  • ELHE-6005: Public Policy Analysis
  • ELHE-6006: American Post-secondary Education: Structure and Function
  • ELHE-6050: Assessment Practice

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Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
2 years
18,856 USD
Tuition : U.S. $ 18,856, Room and Board: U.S. $ 10,920, Books and Supplies: U.S. $ 1,600, Transportation: U.S. $ 890, Miscellaneous: U.S. $ 2,250 ,TOTAL U.S. $ 34,516 ( New jersey residents tuition - $12,114.00 per year )
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