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Higher Education Administration–Master of Arts (MA) Online

Adult learning, rural access to continuing education, workforce training and institutional operations are just some of the issues you’ll explore in UW’s higher education administration master’s program.

Plus, the online master’s degree program in higher education administration at the University of Wyoming balances theory with practice to give you the knowledge and skills you need to enter the field or advance at your current institution.

Most importantly, you will gain an understanding of where you can make a difference as a leader in the vast field of post-secondary education.

About Higher Education Administration

At UW, the higher education administration master’s is a broad-based program that will give you a strong foundation in the history and ideas underpinning America’s system of higher learning. You will also gain expertise in learning theory, adult education and the functional areas of “business” in universities, community colleges and adult education agencies.

By the time you complete your program, you will be ready to level up your career and take your place as a skilled administrator in higher education, government or the nonprofit sector.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Major: Education

Concentrations: Higher Education Administration

Resident Tuition: $324/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $516/credit hour

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Founded in 1950, the UW higher education administration program was the first of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region

Higher Education Administration Master’s Degree Program Highlights

The UW online higher education administration master’s program is designed for students in the Rocky Mountain West and beyond, who seek to learn theoretical as well as practical knowledge that will help to help people in their communities access post-secondary and lifelong-learning opportunities.

The UW program is distinguished by the following:

Online flexibility. Keep your current work schedule while taking part in online courses set at convenient times for working adults.

Faculty-practitioners. Study with faculty who have worked in the field in areas ranging from student affairs and admissions to academic affairs and distance education.

Portfolio. Compile a portfolio during your master's studies to display your competencies and showcase your work.

Travel grants. Explore opportunities to apply for travel funds to subsidize costs of attending or presenting at professional meetings and conferences.

Assistantships. Apply for a graduate assistantship anywhere on campus. Assistantships offer full-time, on-campus students faculty research opportunities, college-level teaching experiences and stipends.

Accredited. The College of Education at UW is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Scholarships. Look into relevant graduate scholarships from UW, such as:

  • Clarence Jayne Memorial Scholarship
  • Kercher Family Scholarship in Education

What Can You Do with a Higher Education Administration Master’s Degree?

Whether you are working at a community college, four-year institution or in other adult education environment or you want to enter the higher education field, the UW Master’s in Higher Education Administration will prepare you for leadership roles that will give you the chance to increase educational access and economic mobility for people in your region.

Graduates from the UW Master’s in Higher Education program go on to earn promotions, serve as administrators in government and nonprofits and pursue doctoral-level degrees.

Higher Education Careers
UW higher education administration M.A. graduates can hold titles such as:

  • Director Student Recruitment and Outreach
  • Director of Admissions
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Project Coordinator
  • Case Manager
  • Athletic Director
  • Program development specialist
  • Academic advisor

Amazing Stories from Higher Education Administration Majors

“The Higher Education Administration program is enabling me to better assist the students I interact with on a daily basis. This program is also giving me a deeper understanding of higher education and the importance of what I do as a college professional. I appreciate the online courses. This structure allows me to work full-time while finishing my degree.”

– Katie Gooch, M.A. ’20

Examples of Higher Education Administration Degree Program Courses

These are just some of the classes you might take as a higher education administration M.A. student at UW:

  • Community College Leadership
  • Higher Education Systems
  • Higher Education Staffing
  • Workforce Training
  • Teaching Adults
  • Community College
  • Introduction to Research

View the full Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration degree program curriculum.

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