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Higher Education Leadership and Administration Specialization Master of Science in Higher Education

School of Education

Overview

Capella University's online Master's in Higher Education Administration degree program prepares you to assume a leadership role at the postsecondary level. Focusing primarily on theory and practical application, this program will bolster your grasp of history; politics and public policy; law and governance; finance and development; and program administration.

Community College Leadership Emphasis

The Community College Leadership emphasis is geared toward community college educators whose primary goal is to accept a leadership position. You will be introduced to the philosophy, culture, and leadership qualities required of your field as well as the issues and trends of top community colleges.

Higher Education Program Administration Emphasis

Capella's Higher Education Program Administration Emphasis is designed for educators who are looking for flexibility in their higher education careers. Successful graduates will understand all the major divisions of higher education institutions as well as related topics including law and internal governance. In addition, you'll be able to apply theory to common, practical challenges faced by leaders in higher education.

Degree Outcomes

Capella's Higher Education Administration degree program prepares you to lead effectively as a change agent of higher education. You'll also be able to harness the power of technology to implement data-driven decisions as well as manage resources and faculty. 

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online Master's in Higher Education Administration include: enrollment services director, financial aid coordinator, enrollment manager, university or college registrar, director of recruitment, associate dean of student affairs, and adjunct or part-time faculty. Potential workplaces include: adult education program, community college, continuing education program, corporation, land-based or online college or university, military education, nonprofit organization, and vocational school.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start November 6th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future. 

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Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$16,514$21,902*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$424 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable–there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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Grants

Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 

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Federal Work Study

This program provides part-time jobs to reduce your loan debt amounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more.

Sample Courses

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED6576 Higher Education Program Administration
ED5570 History, Issues, and Trends in Higher Education
ED5574 Financial Management and Institutional Development

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Coaches

From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.