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Higher Education Administration

The program in higher education administration is designed for students who wish to enter administrative roles in colleges and universities. There are four specialized courses of study, with an option for the student to design their own specialization. Click here or on the Prospective Students tab to learn more about the programs of study and degree requirements.

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About Our Specializations

Student Affairs
College students and their families today view themselves as consumers, so institutions must continuously analyze and upgrade services made available to students. The personnel services specialization prepares students for positions related to housing, student and Greek life, multicultural affairs, international student services, and admissions.

Enrollment Management
The enrollment management concentration enables students to understand how the tools and techniques of enrollment management can help to recruit, admit and graduate students in a way that enhances the educational mission of an institution of higher education. Students in this concentration will study both the practical implementation of enrollment management and the broader strategic concerns about which enrollment managers must be aware. Graduates of this program will be prepared for work in admissions offices, development, student affair or institutional research, among other career options.

Higher Education Policy
The higher education policy concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the complex interrelationship between state, local and federal government and institutions of higher education. Students in this concentration will study both key aspects of higher education management and, more broadly, education policy making. This concentration prepares students for careers in governmental affairs, policy positions in government agencies or policy research organizations, among other options.

International Higher Education
The concentration in international higher education provides students with an understanding of the rapid globalization of higher education. Students will study both domestic and international higher education, providing a unique perspective on the changing nature of higher education at home and abroad. Graduates of this program will be prepared for a wide variety of positions, particularly in institutions that seek to broaden international impact.

General Administration
For those who desire to pursue a career in higher education administration but are not yet ready to commit to a specific area, the general higher education administration specialization offers a valuable overview of this dynamic field and ample room for exploration.

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