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Higher Education Administration
Cultivating Leaders in Higher Education
NC State’s Higher Education program provides exceptional opportunities for students interested in higher education administration to explore a core body of knowledge, gain real-world professional experience, and pursue advanced study. Program content is informed by relevant theory, scholarly research, and best practice in the fields of higher education and student affairs. In addition, the program links theoretical foundations of higher education leadership and administration to practical application of skills.
Building a Community of Scholar-Practitioners
As a student in our program, you will develop the professional expertise required for entry or advancement in colleges and universities, governmental agencies, and public service organizations. In addition, you will benefit from:
Foundations, Functions and Best Practices
The MEd in Higher Education Administration prepares students to manage and administer student support services in higher education environments. Our curriculum includes a broad overview of the history and function of American higher education, while focusing on the unique characteristics of student affairs. We emphasize practical application throughout the coursework as well as through required internship and assistantship experiences. More information >
The Next Generation of Faculty, Administrators and Policymakers
Doctoral candidates in Educational Research and Policy Analysis who specialize in Higher Education Administration gain the skills to serve as faculty, researchers, policy-makers, administrators, and other leadership roles. The curriculum promotes an in-depth understanding of organizational administration, educational policy, and rigorous methodological approaches to research and inquiry. Our faculty include well-renowned researchers in the field, and our students represent a richly diverse professional experiences and academic interests. More information >
A Commitment to Excellence
Our outstanding alumni leave their mark through their commitment to excellence and innovation. Graduates of the Higher Education Administration program lead their institutions and organizations as faculty or administrators, serve their communities in numerous capacities, and maintain active membership in professional associations. Many of our master’s program graduates go on to pursue a doctoral degree. Alumni at both levels contribute meaningfully to the existing body of knowledge in higher education throughout their careers. See profiles of our alumni >