Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Higher Education Administration

Students in the master's program in higher education administration (HEA) acquire the skills and knowledge needed for success in their chosen field. They undertake coursework, internships and other professional opportunities.

The HEA master’s program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge for successful work in entry- and mid- career professional positions in institutions of higher education, post-secondary education and other related organizations. Students participate in active coursework, field-experiences/internships, and other professional opportunities so that they may become engaged and thoughtful practitioners in higher education and student affairs. To prepare students for professional requirements, the master’s program provides four concentrations in student affairs administration, higher education policy & finance, college & university administration, and international higher education.

Students in the master's program acquire the skills and knowledge needed for success in their chosen field. They undertake coursework, internships and other professional opportunities. 

Visit the program website for additional information.

Admission deadlines: Fall - Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)
Standardized test scores: Either the GRE general test (institutional code 5246) or the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047) is required. May be waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or above.
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.
Additional requirements: A resumé is required.
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information (https://graduate.admissions.gwu.edu/international-student-application-requirements) carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gsehdadm@gwu.edu ~ 202-994-9283 (phone) ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits, including 12 credits in required core courses, 12 credits in one concentration (15 credits in student affairs administration), 6 credits in elective courses (3 in student affairs administration), and a capstone project.

Required
EDUC 6112Foundations of Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education
or EDUC 6116 Introduction to Educational Statistics
EDUC 6500Introduction to Student Affairs and Higher Education
EDUC 6510Administration of Higher Education
EDUC 6585Master’s Internship in Higher Education Administration
EDUC 6590Capstone in Higher Education Administration (Taken for 0 credits)
General administration concentration:
EDUC 6540Group and Organizational Theories
EDUC 6560Legal Problems in Higher Education
EDUC 6555Higher Education Policy
or EDUC 6565 Financing Higher Education
EDUC 8560Case Studies in Higher Education Administration
Electives
6 credits in elective courses to be selected in consultation with the advisor.
Higher education policy and finance concentration:
EDUC 6555Higher Education Policy
EDUC 6565Financing Higher Education
EDUC 6560Legal Problems in Higher Education
EDUC 8540History of Higher Education
Electives
6 credits in elective courses to be selected in consultation with the advisor.
International education concentration:
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education
or EDUC 6615 Internationalizing U.S. Schools
or EDUC 6630 International Experiences
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education
EDUC 8560Case Studies in Higher Education Administration
Electives
6 credits in elective courses to be selected in consultation with the advisor.
Student affairs administration concentration:
EDUC 6520Foundations of College Student Development
EDUC 6525Managing College Student Services Programs
EDUC 6530Intercultural Campus Leadership
EDUC 6540Group and Organizational Theories
EDUC 6585Master’s Internship in Higher Education Administration
Electives
3 credits in elective courses to be selected in consultation with the advisor.