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Higher Education Administration

Master's Degree Learning Objectives

KU’s Master’s degree in higher education administration prepares education professionals to thrive in administrative positions at a college or university.  The program is designed for full-time students who hold a graduate assistantship in a campus office or professionals who currently work in a college or university environment, and is built around four Core Learning Domains.  As a graduate student enrolled in the program, you can expect to complete coursework and gain experiences that meet specific learning objectives, such as:

  • Gain knowledge of organization, culture, diversity & history of higher education Institutions
  • Understand relevant research on student development theories and its impact on students
  • Incorporate a professional expression of cultural competence
  • Use literature to link higher education administration theory with practice
  • Relate relevant assistantship experiences to classroom learning
  • Consider hands-on internship experiences for graduate course credit
  • Demonstrate proficient writing skills and mastery of APA format

The number and type of available assistantships will vary slightly from year to year, though assistantship positions are typically available in the following offices:

  • KU Student Housing
  • Office of Admissions
  • Office of First Year Experience (FYE)
  • Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC)
  • Student Involvement & Leadership Center (SILC)
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships

Learn more about the program curriculum.


Assistantship Requirement

Full-time students who are admitted to the MSE program in Higher Education Administration must also be offered a Graduate Assistantship in order to fulfill the program requirements. This approach reinforces our philosophy that having hands-on experience working in higher education is critical to your understanding of the academic curriculum. Learn more!

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MSE Application Deadline(s)
  • MSE Seeking Assistantship
    • Fall semester: January 11, 2016
  • MSE Full-time Higher Education Employee - OR - Seeking assistantship in KU Housing
    • Fall semester: March 4, 2016