Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

100% Online Degree

Master of Arts in Higher Education online degree at the University of Louisville Online

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Eliminate the space between your career goals and the education needed to achieve them with the 100% online Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration degree from the University of Louisville.

Learn to navigate and conquer administrative challenges in higher education and prepare for leadership roles in a university setting.

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Program Benefits

  • 100% online
  • 36 hour curriculum
  • 8-week accelerated courses and intensive weekend course options.
  • Transfer in up to 6 credit hours of graduate courses from other accredited universities
  • Earn your degree in as little as 2 years (for full time students)
  • Learn from world class, award-winning faculty

Specialized Learning

Match your interest and career path with one of the following concentrations: Administration, Teaching & Learning, Policy & Equity and Sports Administration.


This specialization focuses on leadership theory, organization theory, and organizational behavior. It also emphasizes areas of practice and content knowledge, such as the history of higher education, organizational change, organizational improvement and project management. This specialization prepares students with deep knowledge and skills related to the practice of higher education administration.

Teaching & Learning

This specialization addresses instructional design, instructional strategies, academic advising as well as theories of learning and pedagogy. It is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to understand and support teaching & learning in both instructional or administrative roles, within and beyond the traditional university classroom.

Policy & Equity

This specialization focuses on theories and role of policy, history of education policy, aspects of equity as well as the policy making process. This specialization may be of interest to scholar-practitioners who represent postsecondary learners and institutions in policy arenas through positions in colleges and universities; professional organizations, advocacy and lobbying groups and associations; and local, state and federal government.

Sports Administration

This specialization focuses on the intricacies of administration, management and leadership within collegiate-level athletic programs. Students in this specialization will learn about the context of sports in higher education and how to effectively manage sports teams by studying current industry trends and issues.

Program Structure

The online graduate degree in higher education administration requires a minimum of 36 credits for completion (depending on the concentration). Some courses are available in an accelerated format (8-week terms).

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Career Opportunities

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The M.A. in Higher Education is well-suited for those who are already employed in staff or administrative positions in colleges and universities, as well as for those seeking employment in higher education. Graduates of the program work in a wide variety of administrative positions in virtually all departments at both public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities. College and university administrators enjoy job flexibility, exciting work environments and terrific benefits.

Salary Statistics
The median pay for postsecondary education administrators as reported in 2015 is $88,580 annually, or $42.59 per hour.

-  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Industry Growth
Postsecondary administration employment is expected to grow by 9% from 2014-2024.

-  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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