M.A. in Higher Education: Academic Advising Track

The Academic Advising track is intended for those individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and skills as well as those who seek an entry level position in a 2-year or 4-year college or university, specifically in an academic advising role in higher education, whether in an advising center, an academic department or college, or in a tutoring center or other specialized academic setting. Full-time students in this track may complete the program in two years, excluding summers, by following a highly sequenced pattern of course enrollments. Part-time students may also enroll and will be advised regarding the sequencing of courses in order to complete the program in four years or less.


This is a 36 semester hour (s.h.) program and includes a culminating seminar/internship sequence (6 s.h.) in which all students are required to enroll. All students are expected to work closely with the program advisor in determining course selection and the appropriate sequence for course enrollments. All students are also required to complete a major research project (thesis) as part of their culminating sequence of courses.


The following courses make up the M.A. in Higher Education: Academic Advising Track program. 

  • Required Courses: 9 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Track Courses: 27 semester hours (s.h.)
Total Program Semester Hours: 36

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Two letters of recommendation

    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, an actual letter from the recommender is preferred.
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives:

    • Describe how you might use this program to advance your career. Educational goals beyond the master’s level, if applicable, are also relevant.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Submission of official GRE test results

  • Interview (Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee to schedule the interview. The interview may be in person or via telephone.)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in Higher Education: Academic Advising Track program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Summer 2016 -- 02/15/2016
Spring 2016 01/19/2016 11/01/2015
Fall 2016 09/01/2016 06/01/2016

Tuition & Costs

Rate Fees Per Semester Hour
$661 $147.90 $808.90