Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration Degree program at Andrews University is designed to prepare students who are scholar-practitioners or serving in leadership and administrative capacities in national and international colleges and universities. As Andrews is a Christian institution, the focus of this program is grounded in a commitment to Christian values and high professional standards.

This program is able to be taken online, a format of delivery that provides some flexibility in scheduling and access to course materials to working students. Students can typically expect to earn their degree in a two or three year period, with four years being the maximum allowable time. It is the goal of this program to help candidates develop in their self-reflection, interpersonal communication, and leadership and organizational development areas. Students that graduate from this program may be able to pursue positions in administrative and executive positions in enrollment, admissions, financial, athletics, and residence halls services.

In order to successfully complete this program, students must earn a minimum of 36 hours of graduate level credit. Of that total, 15 hours come from coursework in the program core, four from research work, and an additional 17 from the concentration, which includes elective courses in education administration and leadership. Students are sometimes able to substitute elective courses for some classes, and those wishing to do so should work with an academic advisor. In addition to the general credit hour requirements of this program, students must develop and submit for review a portfolio. This portfolio should document the work and cumulative knowledge completed and acquired through the program and is to be assessed and approved by a faculty committee.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission,

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The School of Education is NCATE accredited


    Applicants must have a four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S., with a minimum overall 2.6 GPA on all undergraduate work.

    School Overview

    From the very start, back in 1874, Andrews University has placed serious scholarship, quality research and a strong focus on practical Christianity first on the list of things they think are important about attendance at a Christian university. Mr. Goodloe Bell, a teacher, started a tiny school with only 12 students in Battle Creek, Michigan. This was the birth of what is now known as Andrews University, later named after John Nevins Andrews (1829–1883), the biggest thinker in the 19th-century Seventh-day Adventist Church. Today, Andrews is the best-known Adventist educational institution in the world.

    Andrews boasts about 130 academic options to choose from, quality professors who care about your success, and lots of resources to keep students on track. They provide hands-on learning experiences, opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom, and personal attention from faculty as a result of our small class-size and low student-faculty ratio.

    The School of Distance Education extends access to Adventist education beyond campus, community and national boundaries. We support our faculty and students around the world by promoting best practices in distance education and international partnerships, and by creating a virtual community designed to nurture learning. The School of Distance Education serves Andrews University by providing leadership, faculty and student support, and professional resources in the following areas: educational technology, distance education, compliance and off-campus programs.


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