M.A. in Higher Education: Administrative Track

The M.A. in Higher Education Administrative track is designed to serve both those without any experience in higher education administration but who aspire to careers in that field, as well as those who are already practicing administrators in a college or university who wish to upgrade their skills. Graduates of this program go on to careers in student affairs including residential life, admissions, academic advising, student activity planning and programming, judicial affairs, and service learning/volunteerism.


This is a 36 semester hour (s.h.) program and includes a common core (24 s.h.) of courses as well as a culminating seminar/internship sequence (6 s.h.) in which all students are required to enroll. The remaining 6 s.h. may be selected from a multidisciplinary bank of courses offered by departments within the colleges of Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Business and with the advice and counsel of the program advisor. 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 as part of their culminating sequence of courses. This program does require a thesis.


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

  • Required Courses: 30 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Elective Courses: 6 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)

  • 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: Administrative 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