Educational Administration, Ed.S. (Higher Education)

The Specialist in Educational Administration with a concentration in Higher Education online degree program is designed for individuals who are planning a career in the area of higher education. This program will provide the candidate with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the higher education administrative process and the environment of two year and four year institutions. With the consolidation of programs at four-year institutions and the growing student population in community colleges, this program will prepare candidates for a future in teaching and/or administrative positions in higher education. Core courses include law, organization and history of higher education. A total of 36 graduate credit hours are required to earn a Specialist in Educational Administration with a concentration in Higher Education. 

General Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) on the master’s degree
  • A completed Specialist program application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Acceptable evidence of the applicant’s writing ability as determined by a writing sample completed under the supervision of the screening committee
  • A successful interview with the program screening committee
  • A recommendation for admission by the screening committee
  • A satisfactory GRE score
  • A minimum of 6 years of successful employment in a community college or a four year institution
  • Deadline for applications for summer/fall admission is January 15th


A specialist with concentration in higher education administration requires the completion of 18 credit hours, 9 hours of core courses and 9 credit hours of electives. All candidates must receive a grade of B or above in each course to receive this degree. Candidates receiving a grade below B will have to retake the course before credits will be awarded. All courses are 3 credit hours and are generally offered once each semester depending upon the availability of the faculty. A total of thirty-six graduate credit hours are required to earn a specialist with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. 

Program Curriculum

Course Descriptions

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