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Master of Science in Higher Education

Master of Science in Higher Education Online

Program Overview

Explore our online M.S. in Higher Education

Acquire the advanced knowledge and expertise needed to be an educational leader with our online Master of Science in Higher Education program. Gain an understanding of collegiate systems, faculty culture, and the encouragement of student learning and development while increasing your marketability to serve in an administrative leadership role.

icon $10,923 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 33 Credit Hours
icon $10,923 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 33 Credit Hours
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In this 100% online program, you will explore the legal and financial aspects of higher education and increase your competence to advise and support college students from diverse backgrounds and positively affect their development. Through our coursework you will also examine and evaluate current policies in accreditation, performance-based funding, best practices in student assessment and learning in higher education.

Build on your professional development and help to create an impact in modern-day advanced learning environments with this online master's in higher education. You do not need a teaching license to be admitted into the program, and neither a capstone project nor a thesis is required for graduation.

In this online M.S. in Higher Education degree program, you will:

  • Prepare for a variety of leadership positions within a higher education institution
  • Understand the major components of a higher education institution and the relationships between them
  • Apply best practices for creating positive student experiences at a higher education institution
  • Grasp enrollment management systems
  • Learn to advise college students
  • Comprehend assessments and accreditation processes for a college or university

Career opportunities include:

  • Assistant Dean for Graduate Students
  • Director of Student Housing
  • Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Career Learning
  • Associate Dean of E-Learning
  • Director of Enrollment Management
  • Registrar
  • Director of Financial Aid
  • Dean of Student Advising

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Tuition that fits your budget

Our online M.S. in Higher Education offers the same affordable tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Tuition $10,923
Tuition Per Credit Hour $331
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$291.00 $40.00 $331.00 $873.00 $120.00 $993.00

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Our M.S. in Higher Education online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, with accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Summer 2023 5 wk 05/30/2023 06/30/2023 05/15/2023 05/19/2023 05/25/2023 05/26/2023 06/19/2023
5 wk 07/03/2023 08/04/2023 06/19/2023 06/23/2023 06/29/2023 06/30/2023 07/21/2023
Fall 2023 7 wk 08/21/2023 10/06/2023 08/07/2023 08/11/2023 08/17/2023 08/18/2023 09/22/2023
7 wk 10/16/2023 12/08/2023 10/02/2023 10/06/2023 10/12/2023 10/13/2023 11/17/2023
Spring 2024 7 wk 01/08/2024 02/23/2024 12/15/2023 12/19/2023 01/04/2024 01/05/2024 02/09/2024
7 wk 03/04/2024 04/26/2024 02/19/2024 02/23/2024 02/29/2024 03/01/2024 04/05/2024
Summer 2024 5 wk 05/28/2024 06/27/2024 05/14/2024 05/17/2024 05/23/2024 05/24/2024 06/14/2024
5 wk 07/02/2024 08/01/2024 06/18/2024 06/21/2024 06/27/2024 06/28/2024 07/26/2024
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Get started by checking our admission requirements

A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the M.S. in Higher Education online program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Make sure to review full admission requirements below. Applicants to the program who do not qualify for unconditional admission may qualify for conditional admission.

  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.
  • Have a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.5 (or 2.75 in last 60 hours) on a 4.00 scale from an accredited institution. If you have a 2.75-2.99 GPA, you must make a grade of B or better during the first 9 hours of graduate work at Arkansas State University.

Additional Information

Applicants with prior "F" or "D" grades at the graduate level in any graduate program will not be admitted to the A-State MPA program. In addition, students who earn failing ("F") grades in the A-State MPA program are ineligible for readmission to the program. The only exception is with the Capstone.

Up to 9 graduate hours from A-State or other higher education institutions may be credited toward a program. No course can be older than six years by graduation time. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Director of the Program. To request prior credit be evaluated, please complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

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c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401


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Here's what you will study in our online M.S. in Higher Education

Students in this online program must complete 33 hours of coursework.

Students in this program must complete the following courses.

ELAD 6273: Legal Aspects of Higher Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the legal aspects of education for the purpose of familiarizing college and university personnel with the legal features of higher education organization and administration. The course will consider constitutional and statutory provisions, but the major emphasis will be directly on the study of court decisions relating to American post-secondary education.

ELAD 6313: Higher Education Finance

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the economic principles and fundamental financial practices which affect American colleges and universities.

ELAD 6323: Organization and Governance of Higher Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The study of leadership in higher education for the purpose of familiarizing college and university personnel with organization and governance in higher education institutions. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the structures that are organized to support institutions of higher education. The interaction of those structures is how the institutions are governed in shared governance systems.

ELAD 6333: Organization and Administration of College Student Personnel Services

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the organization and administration of student affairs programs and services. Organizational and management principles and practices used with college student affairs settings are discussed. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the professional practices of student affairs administration in American higher education.

HIED 6323: Advising College Students

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the theoretical and organizational models for effective advising, including legal issues, assessment and advising modes of delivery.

HIED 6333: Student Personnel Services in Higher Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of higher educa¬tion with emphasis on student personnel service components.

HIED 6343: College Student Development

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of contemporary theory and research re¬lated to student development with emphasis on applications to college student personnel services.

HIED 6353: Essentials of Enrollment Management Planning

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The strate¬gic elements of enrollment, including leveraging key components (international, online, graduate/undergraduate, student services, retention and recruiting) into the development of an enrollment management plan.

HIED 6373: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course will help profession¬als effectively support students from increasingly diverse backgrounds. With changes occurring in the world's population demographics, the need for culturally-competent professionals is crucial. We will explore cognitive, affective, and behavioral considerations in supporting culturally diverse students.

HIED 6393: Assessment, Accreditation, and Accountability in Higher Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Students examine and evaluate current polices in accreditation, performance-based funding, and federal compliance and analyze best practices in assessment of student learning in higher edu¬cation. Students design curricular and co-curricular assessments at the course, program, and university levels.

HIED 6413: Advanced Enrollment Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Advanced studies in university matriculation and retention of students, including understanding the key matriculation operations critical for a university's future.

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