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Higher Education Administration On-campus – Hybrid | MS

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The Master of Science in Higher Education Administration program at New England College is an innovative 40-credit program. Delivery models include hybrid and online combined with 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.

Our master’s program in higher education administration 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. While the courses are fast-paced, knowledge and skill development isn’t compromised.

Student Outcomes

  • 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
  • Think critically to identify, strategize, and solve issues within higher education

One course per term is offered on the Henniker campus and while the second coure each term is delivered online allowing learner-centered flexibility for a busy lifestyle.

MSHEA – Hybrid
1-Year Course Map*

Fall 2018


Fall I 2018
HEA 5130 College Students in the US (4 credits) (On-campus)
HEA 6390 Contemporary Issues (4 credits) (Online)

Fall II 2018
HEA 6240 Assessment (4 credits) (On-campus)
HEA 5190 Multiculturalism (4 credits) (Online)

Spring 1 2019
HEA 5320 Advising and Helping (4 credits) (On-campus
HEA 6110 Leadership Theory I (2 credits) (Online
HEA 6250 Practicum I (2 credits)

Spring 2 2019
HEA 5110 Organization and Administration (4 credits)
HEA 6120 Leadership Theory 2 (2 credits)
HEA 6260 Practicum 2 (2 credits)

Summer 1 2019
HEA 6920 Law in Higher Education (4 credits)
HEA 6970 Capstone (4 credits)

Spring 2019 Start


Spring 1 2019
HEA 5320 Advising and Helping (4 credits) (On-campus
HEA 6110 Leadership Theory I (2 credits) (Online
HEA 6250 Practicum I (2 credits)

Spring 2 2019
HEA 5110 Organization and Administration (4 credits)
HEA 6120 Leadership Theory 2 (2 credits)
HEA 6260 Practicum 2 (2 credits)

Summer 1 2019
HEA 6920 Law in Higher Education (4 credits)
HEA 6970 Capstone (4 credits)

Fall I 2019
HEA 5130 College Students in the US (4 credits) (On-campus)
HEA 6390 Contemporary Issues (4 credits) (Online)

Fall II 2019
HEA 6240 Assessment (4 credits) (On-campus)
HEA 5190 Multiculturalism (4 credits) (Online)

Spring 1 2020
HEA 6970 Capstone (4 credits)

*Course sequence and dates are subject to change.

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School of Graduate and Professional Studies
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Henniker, NH 03242
603.428.2252
graduateadmission@nec.edu