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About Higher Education Administration (M.S.E.)

Welcome to the Higher Education Administration program!

"Building Learning Communities Through Critical Reflection"

This 39-hour master's degree program in higher education administration consists of coursework that integrates theory and research with practice. The program is designed to prepare students for a variety of academic and non-academic positions in higher education. The curriculum includes historical and philosophical perspectives, law, finance, student issues, and organization and governance. Students complete a practicum and a culminating scholarly project. Full-time students can complete the program in two academic years. This program also offers a part-time track, accommodating students holding full-time jobs.

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Program Highlights

  • Low student to faculty ratio
  • Practicum and internship experiences
  • Active student organization
  • Opportunity for study abroad experience
  • Expanded curriculum to include international and global higher education
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What will you be learning?

Faculty members conduct regular curriculum reviews to make class content current, relevant, and comprehensive. 

  • EDC 540  Perspectives in Higher Education
  • EDC 550  Student Development's Role in Learning
  • EDC 557  Learning in Community
  • EDC 560  Leadership in College & University Environment
  • EDC 568  Research & Evaluation in Human Services
  • EDC 551  Student Cultures & Development
  • EDC 555  Administration & Organization in College Student Personnel
  • EDC 562  Learning Design
  • EDC 553  Internship in College Student Personnel (three terms)
  • EDC 565  Educational Structures in Post-Secondary Education
  • EDC 559  International & Global Higher Education
  • EDC 672  History of Higher Education in the United States
  • EDC 569  Scholarly Project in College Student Personnel / Higher Education

Visit the Resources tab to access the following:

  • Course matrices
  • Course schedules
  • Checksheets
  • Program and department handouts
  • Seminars
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Gain professional experience!


Practicum is an opportunity for those currently working in the field to apply what has been learned throughout the program in their current work setting or within a related area of higher education. Students complete a 90-contact-hour project, which can include the following:

  • Curriculum revisions
  • New program design or revision
  • Assessment and accreditation projects
  • Grant proposals
  • And much more!

Students who are not working full time in a professional position within higher education, will need to complete three internships. Students complete 300 hours of supervised practice in three 100-hour internships. These are completed in many local campus settings, and are coordinated with your advisor.

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Meet Our Faculty & Staff!


Program Coordinator

Molly Schaller, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Department of Counselor Education & Human Services
School of Education & Health Sciences
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Chaminade 301
Dayton, OH 45469-2962

Phone: 937-229-3644
Fax: 937-229-1055

You can also reach us at our toll free number 800-259-8710, #1.

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Get outside the classroom!

The Higher Education Administration Program offers students more than just classroom learning. Students in the department have access to a wide variety of opportunities and activities to develop the skills they're learning in their courses, fieldwork and research.

What Are Graduate Assistantships?

Student Development Graduate Assistantship Application Deadline: January 11, 2013

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A variety of assistantship opportunities are available for students who are enrolled in the program. Recipients receive an annual stipend and tuition credits. Graduate Assistantships (which are paid)  and Internships (which are generally unpaid) provide vital learning environments for students who are studying full time in the program and working part-time. The College Student Personnel and Higher Education Administration Programs have a close working relationship with the Division of Student Development and other units offering graduate assistantships to our students. These included a variety of positions in the department, university, and community, including the following placements: 

  • Art Street
  • Career Services
  • Campus Recreation
  • Community Wellness Services
  • Greek Life and Leadership Programs
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • New Student Programs
  • Student Development
  • Teacher Education Department
  • Departmental Administrative/Research Assistant positions

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How Do I Apply for a Graduate Assistantship?

Graduate students in any program may apply for a variety of assistantship opportunities across many departments within the Division of Student Development. The competitive application process will open November 1, 2012, and applications are due January 11, 2013. Applicants should be aware of the following timeline:

  • Friday, January 11, 2013  – Applications for fall 2013 due 
  • No later than Friday, February 1 – On Campus invitations sent to candidates
  • Sunday, February 17 – Candidate social (4:00-6:00pm, KU Ballroom)
  • Monday, February 18 – On campus interview/workshop day (8:30am-4:00pm, Kennedy Union)
  • Friday, March 8 – Offer letters sent to candidates
  • Monday, April 15 – Deadline by which candidates must accept/decline positions

If you have questions, please contact Kevin Cane or call 937-229-4114.

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Where Can I Study Abroad?

In 2010 and 2011, students participated in an optional study abroad course in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This opportunity enabled students to learn about another culture by visiting schools, agencies, and neighborhoods in another country.

View pictures from the trips >>

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What Regional and National Organizations Can I Join?

Graduate Community Fellows

Graduate fellows in the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community help build community partnerships to benefit the wider Dayton community while enhancing the learning experience of University of Dayton students through service. 

Additional organizations include the following:

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Hear what former graduates have to say!

Melissa Tolle
Senior Director of Enrollment Management, Sinclair Community College

I enrolled in the Higher Education Administration program as a new employee working in the field of Admissions. The knowledge and experience that I gained through the program helped to develop and prepare me professionally for a career in Student Affairs. The invaluable knowledge that I gained included an understanding of student development, history and culture of higher education, finance perspective and implications, and how to build relationships with various levels of constituent groups. I am currently the Senior Director of Enrollment Management and I utilize the knowledge that I gained from this program on a daily basis. Thank you UD!

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Apply to Higher Education Administration!

The application process is online, easy, and free!

Admissions Requirements

Download the documents below to view admissions requirements for each Counselor Education & Human Services degree program.

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Application Deadlines

  • Spring deadline: September 10
  • Summer deadline: January 10
  • Fall deadline: May 10

Students interested in graduate assistantships through the Student Development Division should apply by January 9 for Fall enrollment.