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Degree Title

Master of Science

Apply by:

July 15

To begin:

Aug. 26

Overview

A Master of Science in Higher Education Administration prepares graduates to serve in a variety of roles at colleges, universities, and related institutions. The academic program, offered by the College of Arts, Sciences and Education runs in partnership with FIU's Student Affairs division, and integrates classwork with assistantships for a total learning experience. Students in the program are taught and advised by full-time professors and senior higher education professionals. As a majority-minority institution, FIU is the prototype for universities of the 21st century. Students in the program will have the opportunity to work and study in one of the most diverse higher education environments in the nation.

Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, student affairs, or the registrar’s office.

A Practicum course/experience is included in the higher education curriculum and it consists of a seminar plus a minimum of 120 hours (in one semester) of unpaid work in a department/division of a higher education institution in an area/department different from where the student may be working or doing a Graduate Assistantship. This is required of every student, even if s/he works full time. There are a number of ways this requirement can be met, even for those students who already have full-time employment.

 

  • Why Apply?

    In today’s global market and economy, education is a necessity for economic opportunity, mobility, and specialized skills. A college education is an investment in the future and is no longer a luxury for just a selected few. Studies show that graduates with a master’s degree earn more and by 2020, the Department of Education estimates that an estimated two-thirds of job openings will require postsecondary education or training. Understanding these facts, a career in higher education is a good choice because of the steady growth and stability of the field.                                       

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow by 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of increasing student enrollment in colleges and universities. In addition, people will continue to seek postsecondary education to accomplish their career goals. As more people enter colleges and universities, more postsecondary education administrators will be needed to serve the needs of these additional students.

    Graduates will be prepared for employment within higher education institutions in the following capacities:

    •      Administrative Manager
    •      Dean
    •      Director
    •      Higher Education Administrator
    •      Training and Development Manager

    Of note, there is a possibility of employment at the University after graduation, and students are introduced to national opportunities for employment at other institutions.

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  • Courses

    Program Requirements: (36 Semester Hours Total)

    Fall A

    EDH 6633    Introduction to Higher Education Administration (3 credits)

    EDH 6XXX History of Higher Education (3 credits)

    Fall B

    EDH 6045    College Student Development Theory (3 credits)

    EDH 6404    Legal Issues in Higher Education Administration (3 credits)

    Spring A

    EDH 6047    College Student Life and Cultures (3 credits)

    EDH 6055    Access and Choice in US Higher Education (3 credits)

    Spring B

    EDF 5481    Foundations of Educational Research (3 credits)

    EDF 6608    Social, Philosophical, and Historical Foundations of Education (3 credits)

    Summer A

    EDH 6041    Foundations of Academic Advising (3 credits)

    EDH 6XXX Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education (3 credits)

    Summer B

    EDH 6401    Counseling Skills for Higher Education Professionals (3 credits)

    Summer C

    EDH 6943    Practicum in Higher Education Administration (3 credits)


    Required Courses

    The required courses reflect the range of basic knowledge common to all higher education professionals. Whatever the job function, it is imperative that university professionals know the law, be aware of current issues, be sensitive to the diversity of student cultures, and understand the core functions of administration.

    Practicum Experiences

    A professional degree in university administration should allow for some guided practical experience. The practicum sections allow students the opportunity to earn credit while gaining valuable hands-on experience in a variety of administrative areas. Practicum sections will include an academic component designed by the Higher Education faculty and the section supervisor.

    The graduation requirements include successful completion of the above required program of study.

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  • Requirements

    Admissions Requirements

    The following must be submitted:

    • Online master's programs application ($30).
    • Official transcripts -- All applicants must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities. Transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes directly from the respective institutions. A four-year bachelor degree from an accredited institution as well as a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required.
    • Proof of Degree -- Submit official proof of degree: a notarized copy of the original diploma is required if the degree is not posted on the official transcripts.
    • GRE Test Scores -- Not required.
    • Recommendation letters -- Submit two letters of recommendation to support the application
    • An essay describing your professional goals and reasons for pursuing a master's degree at FIU.
    • Résumé -- Current and detailed.

     

    Work experience in higher education such as community college or student affairs areas is preferred but not required.

    Only those applicants who have submitted complete application packets will be considered. Meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admissions.

    Letters and any other supporting documents are to be sent to:

    FIU Graduate Admissions Office
    11200 SW 8th Street
    BT 201 Miami, FL 33199

     

    International Students

    • Proof of English Language Proficiency. If you earned a bachelor degree in a country whose official language is not English, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by earning a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL required minimum score: 550 (paper-based exam) or 80 (internet-based). IELTS required minimum score: 6.5. When requesting official scores, please refer to FIU Institution code 5206. TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years. View list of TOEFL/IELTS-exempt countries.
    • Official Transcripts Translation. If official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be requested for translation by an official translation agency. Both the official translation, as well as the original transcripts, must be submitted to FIU.
    • Certified Copy of Diploma if you obtained your degree at a foreign institution.

    Note to international students: I-20s or F-1 transfers will not be issued since it is an online program.

    Official transcripts/translations must be submitted directly by the respective institution(s) in electronic format or mailed in a sealed institution envelope to:

    FIU Online
    Florida International University
    11200 SW 8th Street, MANGO 540
    Miami, FL 33199

     

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  • Tuition

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  • Top Faculty

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36 Credits Required

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$20,482.95 Tuition Cost

Highlights

  • Fully online degree
  • 12-month program
  • No GRE requirement
  • Includes a Practicum course/experience
  • Program starts Fall Semester
  • Scholarships are available to those who qualify