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Higher Education Administration

Master of Science in Higher Education

The Master of Science in Higher Education Administration program at New England College is an innovative 40-credit program that combines on campus, online, and experiential instruction designed for students working or seeking to work in higher education. Coursework provides a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of higher education administration and covers functional areas and issues critical to effective management in college and university settings including advising and helping skills, multicultural competence, legal issues, organizational and administration, personal and organizational leadership, and research and assessment. Case studies, applied research, field experience, and a capstone project enable students to apply learning immediately to higher education practice and professional development.

The coursework provides a strong foundation in the theory and practice of higher education administration. Students are introduced to a broad range of administrative leadership at 2-and 4-year colleges and universities. Graduates pursue careers in academic advising, admissions and enrollment management, fundraising, career placement, financial aid, student affairs, and related fields.

The master’s program in higher education administration at New England College is unique. In this accelerated program comprised of 7-week terms, students can finish their degree in 10 months if they choose to attend full-time taking two courses per term. Students can also choose one course at a time if they would like to attend part-time. One course per term is offered on the Henniker campus and while the second course each term is delivered online allowing learner-centered flexibility for a busy lifestyle. While the courses are fast-paced, knowledge and skill development isn’t compromised. The expert faculty are committed to student learning.

Program Outcomes
 for MS in Higher Education Administration program will demonstrate:

  • Identify and articulate implications of contemporary issues for higher education administration;
  • Apply administrative, leadership, and management practices to the variety of organizational structures found in diverse institutions of higher education
  • Employ a broad range of higher education resources and scholarship in program planning, implementation, and assessment;
  • Connect theory to practice, applying course learn­ing to professional work experiences;
  • Make data-informed decisions and recommenda­tions related to professional practice;
  • Develop and hone effective personal and organizational leadership skills;
  • Effectively advise and help students individual and in group settings;
  • Develop skills and knowledge required to work with diverse individuals and organizations and foster inclusive communities;
  • Demonstrate effective and inclusive written and oral communication skills, and;
  • Think critically to identify, strategize, and solve issues within higher education.

MSHEA Faculty Bios

Graduation Requirements for MS in Higher Education Administration Core Courses

HEA 5130 College Students in the United States
HEA 6390 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
HEA 6240 Assessment in Higher Education
HEA 5190 Multicultural Competence
HEA 5320 Advising and Helping College Students
HEA 6110 Leadership Theory and Practice I
HEA 6120 Leadership Theory and Practice II
HEA 5110 Higher Education Organizations and Administration
HEA 6920 Legal Issues in Higher Education
HEA 5250 Practicum I
HEA 5260 Practicum II
HEA 6970 Capstone Project

The coursework provides a strong foundation in the theory and practice of higher education administration. Students are introduced to a broad range of administrative leadership at 2-and 4-year colleges and universities and related non-profits. Graduates pursue careers in academic advising, admissions, fundraising, career placement, financial aid, student affairs and related fields. Courses that are not online meet at the Henniker campus.

Course Descriptions for MS in Higher Education Administration 

HEA 5130 College Students in the United States (On Campus)

Colleges and universities in the United States welcome a diverse array of students who are pursuing multiple educational goals in a variety of educational settings. This course will provide an overview of student participation in higher education, the theories that underlie their personal development (regardless of age), and address the impact of higher education on student learning and development.

HEA 6390 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (Online)

The administration of higher education is fraught with complex debates on topics of concern to internal and external constituencies, and those who work in higher education are required to communicate professional and scholarly positions, institutional commitments, and strategic decisions to a variety of audiences. The class explores the foundations of higher education through critical analysis of contemporary issues in the field. Students will assess potential implications of policy recommendation and administrative decisions in areas such as affordability, access, academic freedom, privacy concerns, and commercialization.

HEA 6240 Assessment in Higher Education (On Campus)

Leaders in higher education must demonstrate the outcomes for their work as well as identify opportunities for improvement. This course provides an overview of selected strategies of inquiry used in investigating problems of practice in higher education. Students will develop skills and knowledge to create outcomes, identify and apply appropriate assessment methods, interpret data, and design an assessment plan.

HEA 5190 Multicultural Competence (Online)

The college student population in the United States is diversifying at a tremendous rate. Higher education administrators must develop the skills and knowledge to understand and address the implications for higher education resulting from this diversity. This course will provide an introduction to theory and practice of multicultural competence allowing students to apply this skill and knowledge through course assignments.

HEA 5320 Advising and Helping College Students (On Campus)

Advising are helping are essential skills working within higher education as virtually every administration will have student contact. This course provides and introduction to the theory and practice of advising and helping students individually and group settings. Those skills and knowledge will be critiqued and applied through course assignments.

HEA 6110 Leadership Theory and Practice in Higher Education I (Online)

Leadership can take a multitude of forms. Regardless of their department or role, higher education administrators are leaders and lead in a variety of ways. This course provides and overview of theory and practice of leadership to enable students to develop and hone knowledge and skills for personal and organizational leadership. This is a two-credit course.

HEA 6120 Leadership Theory and Practice in Higher Education II (Online)

Leadership can take a multitude of forms. Regardless of their department or role, higher education administrators are leaders and lead in a variety of ways. This course provides and overview of theory and practice of leadership to enable students to develop and hone knowledge and skills for personal and organizational leadership. Leadership Theory and Practice II is a continuation of Leadership Theory and Practice I. This is a two-credit course.

HEA 6250 Practicum I (On Campus)

Experience is an essential component to completing the learning skill providing an opportunity for students to apply and adapt course learning to real-life environments and circumstances. During this course students will be matched up with a college or university department at New England College or a nearby college to practice what they have learned. For students not already employed full-time, this experience will mirror a traditional internship/practicum. For students working full-time, the field experience course will be a practically-based independent study to still provide practical experience in a different setting, but wouldn’t require time significant time away from work. This course is pass/fail.

HEA 6260 Practicum II (On Campus)

Experience is an essential component to completing the learning skill providing an opportunity for students to apply and adapt course learning to real-life environments and circumstances. During this course students will be matched up with a college or university department at New England College or a nearby college to practice what they have learned. For students not already employed full-time, this experience will mirror a traditional internship/practicum. For students working full-time, the field experience course will be a practically-based independent study to still provide practical experience in a different setting, but wouldn’t require time significant time away from work. Practicum II is a continuation of Practicum I and will have a final project component that does not exist in Practicum I. This course is pass/fail.

HEA 5110 Higher Education Organization and Administration (On Campus)

An understanding of complex systems of organization and governance in higher education is critical to successful administration and leadership. This course is an introduction to administration and organizational dynamics. Although the roles of multiple internal and external constituencies will be considered, the class focuses on institution and system-wide perspectives but will provide an overview of specific departments or functions. Theories of organizational leadership, culture, change and administrative management will be applied to case studies and individual and group projects.

HEA 6920 Legal Issues in Higher Education (Online)

This course provides an understanding of the broad scope of higher education law, general legal principles relevant to higher education, and the role of law on campus. Through discussion of a diverse range of administrative problems and practices with legal implications students will become acquainted with emerging legal issues and best practices and will develop administrative and problem-solving skills related to legal issues in higher education.

HEA 6970 Capstone (Online)

The capstone experience requires a synthesis of theories, conceptual frameworks, and experiential learning throughout the program. Students must develop a research or professional development project that demonstrates evidence-based decision-making, an understanding of specific higher education/professional contexts, and strategic analysis. Students with no fulltime work experience in higher education are advised to integrate experiential learning into their projects. The instructor must approve capstone proposals before students start their projects. At the end of the program, students present their projects to the academic community. This course is pass/fail.

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School of Graduate and Professional Studies
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Henniker, NH 03242

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