M.A. in Higher Education: Instructional Track

The M.A. in Higher Education: Instructional track is designed for individuals who wish to pursue employment opportunities as adjunct instructors or as instructors in developmental education/basic skills programs or in selected science disciplines at 2-year or 4-year colleges. This track is not recommended for individuals who plan to seek full-time tenure track professorial positions in a specific academic discipline.

The instructional track is offered in a limited number of academic specializations:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Reading
  • It is also possible to craft programs in biology, chemistry, and physics.
    • Students wishing to pursue programs in computer science, mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics are expected to possess the corresponding baccalaureate degrees as a prerequisite for program admission.


The programs in the instructional track range from 31-37 semester hours (s.h.), depending on the academic specializations as follows: computer science (37 s.h.), mathematics (37 s.h.), English as a Second Language (34 s.h.), and reading (31 s.h.). Academic specializations in biology, chemistry and physics may vary according to student experience in those areas.

Generally, students will be required to complete 13 credits in higher education courses including course work in adult learning. Also included in this coursework is a seminar/internship in higher education instruction. All of the remaining coursework is in the academic specialization. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in selected academic specializations and are further required to undertake a major research project on a topic of significant interest within their academic specialization.

Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 31–37)

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

  • Required Courses: 13 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Required Specialization Courses: 18–24 semester hours (s.h.)
Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
HIED 06605 Higher Education In America 3
EDAM 24501 Procedures And Evaluation In Research 3
CURR 29504 Understanding Adult Learning And Development 3
HIED 06603 Seminar/Internship In Higher Education Instruction 4

*The Seminar/Internship in Higher Education Instruction must be taken in the student's final semester.

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)

  • Interview (Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admission Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in Higher Education: Instructional 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
Spring 2020 01/21/2020 11/01/2019
Fall 2020 09/01/2020 07/01/2020

Tuition & Costs

Rate Fees Per Semester Hour
$716 $161.55 $877.55