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Online Master's Degree MS in Higher Education Administration

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Register By: February 20 Classes Start: February 22

Lead the Future of Higher Education with a Master’s in Higher Education Administration

65% of all jobs in the U.S. will require post-secondary education by 2020, according to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce.* The increased demand from employers for degree-holding professionals is putting new pressure on colleges and universities. Shifts in student demographics, learning technology, complex policy and public scrutiny are increasing the need for innovative, fiscally responsible leaders who can balance student demands with organizational needs.

Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Science in Higher Education Administration prepares you for the enterprise of higher education and the complex challenges that go along with it. Learn how strategic leadership, a student success culture and data-driven resource management can advance colleges and universities in the 21st century. These essential skills will prepare you to guide innovation, address institutional needs and shape the higher education conversation.

See Yourself Succeed in Higher Education Administration

Southern New Hampshire University's master's in higher education administration program was shaped by people who are passionate about advancing higher education. The only school named to Fast Company magazine's World's Most Innovative Companies list in 2012, SNHU takes its experiences as one of the nation's fastest-growing online universities and combines them with insights from other innovative institutions. Institutional oversight, functional area leadership and management professionals collaborated on a curriculum that pushes educators to meet student and organizational challenges head-on. This is more than a best practices degree - this is a program that expands the boundaries of higher education success.

This MS online degree program will help you develop into an informed leader who understands how to move an agenda forward amidst the conflicting pressures and perspectives of the higher education industry. You'll obtain a keen sense of the role higher education has in enriching the wider community and the obligation administrators have to support and nurture it. Specifically, you'll learn how to:

  • Design, develop and implement innovative strategies based on empirically derived data and research to address the challenges facing higher education that further an institution's mission, vision and goals
  • Apply empirical research methodologies to evaluate program effectiveness that address underrepresented needs of the increasingly diverse college student population
  • Critically evaluate the historic and social context of higher education for its reciprocity between institutional, local and national policy
  • Utilize compliance, regulatory and accreditation standards to inform institutional decision-making
  • Apply strategies for facilitating effective communication, collaboration and data-based continuous improvement as an administrator across institutional units
  • Apply empirically based financial management skills related to budgeting, resource allocation and funding to support an institution's strategic goals

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master's in higher education administration online at SNHU include:

  • Affordability. Take advantage of some of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation
  • Convenience. Attend class when it's convenient for you - online education means 24/7 access
  • Efficiency and flexibility. Complete your graduate degree in as few as 15 months, with two courses per 10-week term
  • Expert instruction. Learn from instructors with relevant, real-world experience
  • Minimal requirements. No GMAT or GRE required for admission
  • Networking. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni for tips and career opportunities
  • Student support. Count on the ongoing support of dedicated academic and career advisors specialized in your area of study

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Career Outlook

In 2014, there were more than 20 million students enrolled in degree-granting institutions in the U.S. That number is projected to top 23 million by 2024, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.** The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs in higher education administration will increase 10% through 2026.***

  • Academic affairs
  • Student affairs
  • Distance learning
  • Student recruitment and retention
  • Diversity management
  • Registrar's office
  • Faculty development
  • Institutional research
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Institutional advancement
  • Marketing


In the 36-credit online degree program, you'll learn the communication, leadership, organization and technical skills required of today's leaders in higher education. You'll gain deep insight into the history and theory that have shaped higher learning in the United States.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

*Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, "Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements through 2020," on the internet, at

**National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, on the Internet at (viewed online Dec. 13, 2017).

***Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, on the Internet at BLS (viewed online Dec. 13, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.