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Higher Education Administration (MSE)

Preparing students for jobs in higher education

As a graduate student in the Higher Education Administration program at the University of Dayton, you'll prepare for a variety of academic and non-academic positions in higher education.

This 39-hour master's degree program consists of coursework that integrates theory and research with practice. Our curriculum includes historical and philosophical perspectives, law, finance, student issues, and organization and governance. You'll complete a practicum and a culminating scholarly project.

Full-time students can complete the program in two academic years. A part-time track is also available, which accommodates students with full-time jobs.

Program highlights

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Practicum and internship experiences.
  • Opportunity for study abroad experience.
  • Expanded curriculum to include international and global higher education.

Gain professional experience

The Higher Education Administration program is structured so course content is accompanied by appropriate field experiences. 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. You'll complete a 90-contact-hour project, which can include (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Assessment and accreditation projects
  • Curriculum revisions
  • Grant proposals
  • New program design or revision

If you're not currently working full time in a professional position within higher education, you'll need to complete three 100-hour internships. These are completed in local campus settings, and are coordinated with your UD faculty advisor.


Department of Counselor Education and Human Services

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962