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    Mississippi College
  Jun 26, 2019
GRADUATE CATALOG 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Higher Education Administration, M.S. (31 sem. hrs)- available in traditional and online formats

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This program is designed to develop qualified graduate students who have an interest in higher education administration and leadership. This interdisciplinary program will provide core higher education courses as well as utilize existing courses across several disciplines to prepare students to become higher education administrators.  This program is offered in both the traditional and online formats.

Participating in specially designed higher education practicum experiences will give higher education graduate students an opportunity to observe and participate in administrative roles across the university. The following areas are available for practicum experiences: athletics, advancement, academic offices, bursar's office, residence life, student activities, student development [judicial]. intramurals, enrollment services, career services, counseling and testing, religious programming, international programs, public safety, or other administrative offices.

Application and Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: Rolling academic calendar

  1. Meet general requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Mississippi College.
  2. Provide transcripts of all university work.
  3. Must submit a one-page statement addressing professional interest in Higher Education Administration and indicate the job experiences (full- or part-time, student, or professional), if any, to date at a college or university. Previous professional/work experience is not required.
  4. Provide scores from the GRE or GMAT [GRE Requirement: A verbal score of 146 or more and a quantitative score of 140 or more, or one of these scores on either section and a score of 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE General Examination, is required. The verbal and quantitative scores will not be combined.].
  5. Hold Bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited university or college
  6. Transfer credit accepted up to 6 semester hours.

Maintenance and Graduation Requirements

  1. Maintain good standing by earning 3.00 cumulative grade point average. Good standing is required before students can apply for graduation and participate in comprehensive exams.
  2. Fifty percent of all course work must be taken at the 6000-level.
  3. Complete 31 hours of graduate course work as outlined in program requirements including the two practicum experiences.
  4. During the final semester of coursework a candidate will complete the following requirements:
    1. Complete 27 hours of coursework in selected concentration.
    2. Complete four hours of practicum.
    3. Successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination administered by the Department in the last semester of the program.


Courses marked with an (*) are offered face-to-face according to the following schedule: Fall (HED 6500, HED 6503, and HED 7530); Spring (HED 6501 & HED 6502); Summer (HED 6506).  All other courses are available any time during the year.

For the HED online schedule, please click on the following link:

Total: 31 sem. hrs.

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