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Master of Education

Higher Education Administration

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carry your passion for education into leadership

30 Credit, 18-Month Program

If you have a passion for education, and aspire to become a leader in the field, Tiffin University’s M.Ed. Higher Education Administration program will prepare you to achieve your goal. Our nationally ranked program will equip you with a broad understanding of higher education – from governance, leadership and budgeting, to student enrollment, human resources and crisis management. You’ll be well informed. You’ll be highly skilled. You’ll be ready to lead.

The M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration is designed to prepare you for a professional career in a broad range of higher education settings. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be prepared for roles involved in student life, student enrollment, orientation, student academic advising, financial services, administration and management of academic programs, administration of sports programs and campus security programs. The degree will also provide a solid foundation for future doctoral work in higher education.

This online course of study is for professionals looking to pursue a career in a non-academic aspect of higher education. Most students are currently working in areas such as admissions, financial aid, student affairs and athletics with an ultimate goal of moving into a management position. In addition, many K-12 educators seek this masters degree in order to make the move to the higher education environment. The degree provides a great overview of the higher education landscape, while exposing you to the purpose and functions of a variety of the key departments at a typical college or university.

Tiffin University’s M.Ed. Higher Education Administration program was recently recognized as one of the best in the nation – ranked #12 in “The 25 Best Master’s in Higher Education Administration Online.”

professional higher education administration training
  • All faculty within the program hold a Ph.D. in the field.
  • Class sizes are small, allowing professors to provide timely, productive feedback and interactions with students.
  • A graduate advisor is specific to the program and will work one-on-one with you to determine your individualized pathway to graduation.
  • The program allows you to work in administration positions in a higher education atmosphere within admissions, financial aid, student affairs or athletics.
  • 100% online, 7-week courses
  • Students have options to begin their program at six different times throughout the year (January, March, May, July, August and October).
  • As a full-time student, you can complete your program in less than two years.

Each instructor within the M.Ed. program brings experience in higher education and/or curriculum development. They bring this real-world knowledge to their teaching, to the building of our curriculum as subject matter experts and to their interactions with students on a daily basis.

As part of our professional program, you’ll learn career-ready skills that will prepare you for a job within the field of higher education administration. Courses are relevant, and all content is focused on practical career readiness. You’ll apply your knowledge as you solve real world-based scenarios in case studies, working both individually and in group discussions and projects.

The program will prepare you to be an effective communicator in the field, as a leader who respects diversity in the workplace. You’ll explore real-life ethical and legal issues in higher education and how you might best address these situations in educational organizations.

Within the Higher Education Administration program, you’ll actively engage through discussions with your peers and instructors. Each week, you’ll engage with classmates and complete an outside assignment related to your required readings and interactive activities throughout the week. You’ll apply your learning as you analyze and discuss real-life case studies.

Within the program, you’ll continuously work on your communication and problem-solving skills as you take part in weekly discussions and assignments. These assignments, focused on real-world issues within the field, will require you to critically think through problems by applying your newly gained or prior knowledge in order to reach solutions.

You’ll participate in a capstone course that summarizes the content in your courses and allows for reflection on what you’ve learned through the program, and how you might apply this knowledge in your career as a higher education administrator.

Lastly, you’ll conduct interviews of individuals within the higher education field to learn more about the job requirements, challenges and strategies for success.


Online – Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October


Student Enrollment and Retention (EDU585) – This course covers a systematic set of activities designed to enable educational institutions to exert more influence over their student enrollments, ways to attract and retain a pool of students based on the goals of the educational organization in selectivity in enrollment practices. The student will learn the procedures involved in the application process, methods of marketing the university and programs to attract applicants to the university. The course will also cover predictive models. The course will focus on undergraduate enrollment, covers both graduate and professional school enrollment. Students learn the roles involved in admissions and retention of students through academic, social and athletic integration.

Assessment and Student Learning (EDU590) – This course introduces how to develop assessment programs to support student learning. Higher education administrators will need to understand assessment techniques. In addition, the student will learn how to employ the applicable assessment strategies to insure that the goals of the organization are ultimately attained. The student will learn to identify evidence and use this evidence for assessment of and improvement of program objectives. This course will contain assignments that will guide the student in performing effective, high quality assessment and program evaluations.

Crisis Prevention and Intervention in Education (EDU624) – This course will cover effective institutional management of crises impacting students and the stability of the educational organization. The curriculum covers an overview of the types of threats and hazards facing higher educational institutions. The student will learn traditional crises models of response, but also identify models of prevention. Identification of risk factors impacting organizational security will be covered, including student and employee mental health issues, alcohol and other drug use, and campus violence. Students will learn to structure systems to manage immediate emergency situations, and use assessment tools to identify changes in processes to enable strengthened safety structures. Students will learn to engage with the community and law enforcement to prevent and manage campus crises.

Higher Education Finance and Budgeting (EDU640) – This course focuses on the language and processes in budget development and management. A study of budgeting models for public and private organizations. This course includes the factors involved in implementing institutional budgets. Application to case studies.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030. The median annual wage for postsecondary education administrators was $97,500 in May 2020.


The online Masters in Higher Education Administration program prepares you for positions related to:

  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Program Administration
  • Athletics
  • Campus Security
  • Financial Aid
  • Financial Services
  • Orientation
  • Outcomes Assessment
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Enrollment
  • Student Life
  • Student Success
what is higher education administration?

Higher education administration refers to the activities related to overseeing college or university departments, budgets, curriculum, facilities, faculty, staff, programs and more. Higher education administrators have various job duties depending on the department or departments they oversee, such as admissions, athletics, student affairs, registrar’s office and more.

what is a master’s in higher education administration?

A master’s in higher education administration is for those who want to work in nonacademic roles in higher education. An M.Ed. in higher education administration provides an overview of higher education and expose students to the purposes and functions of key departments at public and private institutions and proprietorships.

what can i do with a degree in higher education administration?

With a degree in higher education administration, you will be qualified for a variety of career opportunities, including positions related to student life, student enrollment, orientation, academic advising, financial services, academic program administration, sports program administration, campus security and more.

M.Ed. Higher Education Administration Program Requirements


“The moment I began working in higher education, I knew that was my calling…I wanted to be able to further my career to gain more extensive knowledge on how to best support the next generation of leaders as well as develop myself as a leader. Tiffin University offered me the flexibility to obtain my degree even while working full time. The small class sizes have helped me to grow as a professional as well as a student.”

Miranda Gelb
Admissions Officer
Mercy College
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