To earn an MPS in Higher Education Administration, you must successfully complete 11 courses (33 credits total), including:

  • 2 core courses (6 credits total):
    • Ethics
    • Capstone
  • 4 foundation courses (12 credits total):
    • American Higher Education
    • Global Higher Education
    • Organization and Administration in Higher Education
    • Student Affairs: Orientation to the Profession
  • 5 elective courses (15 credits total):

Focus Areas

The Higher Education Administration program offers two focus areas that enable you to tailor your studies and sharpen your expertise in a particular specialty:

  • Administration
  • Student Affairs

Additionally, you can design your own customized focus area.

Program Formats

The Higher Education Administration program is available in both an online format and an on-campus format. You can opt to take classes online, on campus, or through a combination of both.

  • On-Campus Format: In the on-campus format, classes are held at the same times every week at our downtown D.C. campus.
  • Online Format: The online master’s has the same curriculum as the on-campus format and offers access to all of the same University resources. In this format, you’ll be able to watch lectures and complete assignments on your own schedule.

You’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree at a pace that suits your schedule—you can take up to 9 credits per semester and have up to five years to complete the degree.

  • Full-time students typically take three courses during the fall and spring semesters, and two courses during the summer semester.
  • Part-time students typically take one to two courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.


All programs offered by Georgetown University are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.