Online Master's in Higher Education Administration

Curriculum

To earn an Online Master's 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.

Practicum Option

You have the option of participating in a higher education practicum, which allows you to gain professional experience in a functional area of higher education administration and deepen your networks while earning credit toward your degree (3 to 6 credits). Practicum options can meet the needs of early-career professionals who want an immersive experience, as well as those who are already employed but want to gain supplemental experience while still maintaining their regular employment.

Our master’s program has partnered with a broad range of campus and external partners to offer exclusive placement opportunities across student affairs, academic affairs, diversity, equity & inclusion, budgeting & finance, higher education policy, international education, and many more areas. Remote opportunities for online students, as well as opportunities that meet international students’ visa requirements, are included.

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 12 credits per semester and complete the degree in as little as 15 months, or you can take as little as one course per semester and complete it in five years. Here are what other students typically do:

  • Full-time students typically take 9 credits (3 courses) during the fall and spring semesters, and 6 credits (2 courses) during the summer semester.
  • Part-time students typically take 3 to 6 credits (1 to 2 courses) during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Accreditation

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