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    Mississippi College
  Oct 07, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2017-2018 [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. Hold Bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited university or college
  4. Applicants must submit an acceptable original “Statement of Purpose” outlining their reasons for seeking the M.S. in Higher Education Administration.  This essay should be focused and as specific as warranted in order to address the student’s motivations(s) in seeking this degree in higher education administration, including personal career objectives once the degree is completed.  Following the Statement of Purpose, prospective students should also include professional experiences within a college or university, or within an area related to higher education, and/or student experiences which contributed to their career objectives of their desire to work within a college or university.

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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