Higher education administrators set the tone for and make decisions on every aspect of the college or university they manage – from academic affairs and student services to faculty research and development.

The job outlook for postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 15% from 2012-2022, faster than the average for other occupations, due in part to increased student enrollment. Education requirements vary by position, but most administrators of colleges and universities require a master’s or doctoral degree, especially those in senior leadership positions.

If you are considering an advanced degree program or certificate in higher education, here’s a helpful guide outlining the difference between three options.

Interested in an advanced degree in K-12 education? Here’s a quick guide to EdS, EdD, and PhD degrees.


Learn more about Capella’s online education degrees in higher education administration.