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Master of Science in Higher Education Administration Online

Open yourself up to dynamic leadership opportunities in higher education with this online program that provides a broad perspective focusing on both student affairs and academic administration.

08/08/22 Next Application Due Date
08/22/22 Next Class Start Date

Program Overview

A Snapshot of Barry’s Masters in Higher Education Administration Online Degree

$16,200 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
36 Credits

The accelerated Master of Science in Higher Education Administration program from Barry University focuses on key competencies for academic support roles at the management level in higher education. You will engage in individual, group, and organizational learning relevant to academic affairs, financial aid, admissions and enrollment management, student activities, residential life, institutional research, alumni relations, central administration, policy and government, and adult and continuing education.

In this 100 percent online Master of Science in Higher Education Administration program, you will study college student development, adult learning and motivation, the history of American higher education, administrative and legal issues, school and community relations, workplace diversity, career development, work group behavior, and more. An embedded practicum provides valuable field experience prior to earning your degree.

Our online coursework is taught by the same dedicated faculty who teach on campus. You can complete your degree in as few as 12 months.

SACS-COC Accredited

Barry University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Barry University.

Graduates of the MS Higher Ed Admin Program will be prepared to:

  • Project societal and political trends for the future of higher education and make necessary administrative decisions based upon this knowledge
  • Apply human relations and leadership skills in diagnosing and resolving conflict within the institution
  • Analyze major organizational models in order to choose structures and procedures relevant to higher education organizations
  • Apply appropriate change models to higher educational institutional settings
  • Design research methodologies applicable to administrative issues
  • Understand the role higher education has played, continues to play, and will play in American society

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Pay for Your Online Program by the Course

Students in the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration online program can pay for each course as they enroll. There is a $30 application fee, but all other fees are included in the total cost of tuition.

$450 Per Credit
$16,200 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Per 3-Credit Course Per Program
Master of Science in Higher Education Administration $450 $1,350 $16,200

*Tuition rates are subject to change.

**The FY23 rates above will apply only to NEW students. Current students will be charged the rate that was in place when they first matriculated.


Milestones to Guide Your Student Journey

With six start dates each year, the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration online program is flexible and accessible. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes, and pay tuition to begin on their desired start date.

Now Enrolling:

08/08/22 Next Application Due Date
08/22/22 Next Class Start Date

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Please refer to the full academic calendar for more details, including refund policies and dates.

Session Program Start Date Admissions & Financial Aid Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline *
Fall A'22 August 22, 2022 August 8, 2022 August 13, 2022 August 15, 2022 August 17, 2022
Fall B'22 October 17, 2022 October 3, 2022 October 8, 2022 October 10, 2022 October 12, 2022
Spring A January 9, 2023 December 26, 2022 January 2, 2023 January 2, 2023 January 4, 2023
Spring B March 6, 2023 February 20, 2023 February 27, 2023 February 27, 2023 March 1, 2023

*Payment must be received in full by the stated deadline regardless of financial aid arrangements. Failure to pay, or a balance on the account, will result in the student being dropped from courses, regardless of when the student registered. Students who do not register prior to the registration deadline must wait for the following term.

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Barry’s Online Higher Education Administration Graduate Program Requirements

Students entering the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration online degree program must hold a baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. If the student's GPA falls below a 3.0, a GRE may be required. Applicants also are required to submit two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose.

Bachelor’s degree From a regionally accredited institution
No GRE/MAT required
Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
Professional resume with current professional references Or two letters of recommendation

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • No teaching certificate required
  • No GRE/MAT required
  • Professional Resume
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Applicants whose cumulative GPA is under 3.0 may be provisionally admitted to the program. To be fully admitted to the program, the student must attain a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 by the end of the provisional period determined by the program director.*
  • Professional resume with two current professional references or two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose essay integrated into the online application
  • Official transcripts from colleges/universities where degree conferred should be emailed directly from the institution(s) to Barry at this address: [email protected] You can also upload your documents directly into the MyBarry portal. If sending postal mail, please use address below (Note - Transcripts will take longer to be received and processed)
    • *Barry University may ask for additional transcripts depending on student status and completion of other admissions requirements.
Mail to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33161

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*Those applicants whose cumulative GPA scores are less than 2.5 will only be admitted to the program under special circumstances and as recommended by the program director.


Topics You Will Study in Our Master of Science in Higher Education Administration Classes

In order to earn the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration online, students must complete 12 courses for a total of 36 credits. All courses are seven weeks in length.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course explores major research designs and methods emphasizing underlying assumptions, inquiry aims, participant selection, data collection and analysis, interpretation of findings, conclusions, and reporting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course examines the policies, practices, and strategies in school and community relations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

Explores those issues of a local, state, national, and international nature that impact the policies, personnel, and general day-to-day administration of an institution of higher education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

Traces the historical and philosophical roots of higher education in America. Emphasis is given to European contributions to the ideas of the American college, the evolution and diversification of American higher education, and the pattern of higher education as it evolved through the 20th century.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

Analyses the legal structure of higher education including religion, academic freedom, employment, due process, student rights, accreditation issues, desegregation, tort liability, and other issues.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

Analysis of colleges and universities as social organizations with special emphasis on issues of administration, organization and governance of higher education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This survey course will introduce participants to many of the theories of development that inform student affairs practice. Students will be exposed to the four major categories of college student development theory which include: 1) cognitive-structural, 2) psychosocial, 3) typological, and 4) person-environment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

Provides opportunity for general experience in the field of higher education. This practicum gives the student a variety of experiences in areas of higher education that would be new to the individual who is currently working in the field.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

Emphasizes knowledge and skills necessary to build an effective team and team relationships to carry out a work related goal.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

Explores the training and development of a culturally sensitive work force. Examines and explores innovative techniques for dealing with institutional "isms" (e.g., sexism, ageism, etc.), as they relate to management training, conflict resolution, career development, mentoring, performance appraisals, team-building, and peer rating methods.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

Overviews the major theories and skill areas in educational planning, career development, and work motivation including understanding career decision-making.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

Examines human learning and motivation for the purpose of creating and facilitating effective learning experiences for adults in a work-related setting.

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