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:

  • Collaboration with students and faculty who represent diverse backgrounds, experiences, and research interests 
  • Our commitment to social justice advocacy in education and society 
  • Access to Raleigh-area institutions that provide diverse contexts for learning and professional development

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 >


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Are you a graduate of the HEA program? Please complete the 2015 Alumni Survey!


HEA alumnus moves into senior leadership in student affairs at Cornell University.

Research Updates

Higher Education graduate student completes her dissertation research with support from AIR.

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