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Higher Education Administration

Putting your Higher Education Administration Degree To Work

Students who graduate from KU’s Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration will have both achieved a master’s degree in higher education administration and also have gained valuable practical experience in an area of college.  

Graduate students who aspire to pursue careers in educational leadership with their Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration are likely to accept positions with titles similar to the following:

  • Academic Advisor (Liberal Arts, MBA, Nursing, Experiential Learning)
  • Admission Counselor, Enrollment Coordinator
  • Assistant/Associate/Sr Associate Dean of Students
  • Assistant Director (Financial Aid, Greek Life, Residence Life)
  • Career Advisor/Counselor
  • Coordinator (Involvement, Activities, Leadership, Housing, Compliance)
  • Director/Sr. Director of Alumni Relations & Development
  • Director (Operations & Human Resources, Giving, Health & Wellness, Student Involvement Center, Student Activities)
  • Hall Director/Complex Director
  • Program Advisor (Assistant, Coordinator, Orientation Programs)
  • Project Coordinator, Program Manager
  • Recruitment Coordinator, Retention Specialist
  • Residence Hall Director (Manager, Coordinator, Specialist)
  • Student Services (Advisor, Coordinator)

Also, many graduate students who complete the Master’s program in Higher Education Administration decide to pursue a doctoral program in areas such as: Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, Educational Policy, Business Management, and more.

Learn more about our notable alumni.


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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