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Master of Arts: Higher Education Administration Madonna University



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The Master of Arts program in Higher Education Administration (HEA) is designed to prepare students to be administrative professionals at colleges and universities, qualified to work in support and administrative positions in academic affairs, student affairs, or in the functional service areas of an institution.

The HEA program integrates theory and practice and is intended to provide students with a foundation in the literature, skills, and the habits of scholarship related to:

the development of contemporary college students;

how administration and leadership can create effective academic and student service environments;

how student learning can be enhanced inside and outside of the classroom;

how all these understandings can be applied to the design of educational practice.

The degree can be made applicable to many positions of leadership at higher education institutions through the types of experiences and practica undertaken during the program. It provides students with opportunities and skills to pursue areas of interest that they feel will contribute to personal and professional growth and development. Students can also take additional elective courses to augment their degree according to their interests and career plans, or if they decide to pursue a dual degree.

Goals of the Program The HEA program has the following goals:

To comprehend critical issues in higher education administration through theory-practice connections.

To develop in students the competencies needed in human development, interpersonal facilitation, group leadership, and assessment to effectively support undergraduate and graduate education.

To facilitate an appreciation of the varied opportunities colleges and universities provide to help others participate in humanitarianism, civic engagement, and service.

To cultivate student perspectives on leadership, scholarship, and management that prepare graduates to work in and to design educational environments that are receptive to diversity and multiculturalism in a globalized society.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

1. exhibit habits of mind as a proficient consumer of research regarding higher education. 2. conduct evaluations and assessments of programs and initiatives. 3. demonstrate proficiency with skills for management of functional units of higher education institutions. 4. display facility with student and adult development theories and techniques for practical application. 5. employ knowledge of the structure, administration, and environment of higher education institutions. 6. present leadership skills and experience with personal and group facilitation/intervention. 7. apply perspectives involving multiculturalism and other forms of diversity. 8. commit to social justice outcomes for individuals and groups. 9. demonstrate integrity and the ethics and values of the profession. 10. facilitate intrapersonal development and interpersonal competence.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Arts: Higher Education Administration.

Full Time (36 semester hours)

Tuition fees

USD $885 per credit


06 Jan, 31 Aug


College of Education

Madonna University,

Room 2228 Administration Building,



48150, United States

Online/Distance (36 semester hours)

Tuition fees

USD $885 per credit


06 Jan, 31 Aug


Madonna University

Livonia Campus,

36600 Schoolcraft Road,



48150, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Admission to the HEA MA program is determined on the basis of the following criteria:

Possession of a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution, with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (An average below 3.0 will be reviewed for conditional admission.)

Internet Based TOEFL (iBT, Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 80; or

TOEFL paper-and-pencil test with a minimum score of 550, accompanied by the Test of Written English (TWE) with a minimum score of 5; or

MELAB score of 77 or higher on all parts; or

IELTS score of 6.5+; or

PTE Academic score of 53.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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