MA in Higher Education Administration

The 30-credit Master's degree in Higher Education Administration at William Paterson University is an advanced and in-depth study of the history, structure, organization and administration of colleges and universities in the United States. The program is designed to enhance the professional and career development of current and future managers, leaders and executives within institutions of higher education.

This general practitioner-focused track within the Higher Education Administration program is a competitive option for students seeking to advance their careers in higher education administration across a wide range of administrative offices.

During the capstone course for all concentrations, students carry out a research project in a higher education workplace setting which allows them to demonstrate the practical application of higher education administration theory. Students will also develop a professional e-portfolio aligned with the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners developed by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) .

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
Click here: Higher Education Administration Leadership Studies, MA

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Cumulative bachelor's degree grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.00.
  • Applicants who hold a graduate degree must have a Cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Minimum score of 150 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a minimum score of at least of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • MAT/GRE admission testing requirement is waived for the following: 
    applicants holding graduate degrees and a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    applicants holding an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Essay:250-500 word essay explaining his or her reasons for applying to this program. Essay Requirement
  • Two recent letters of recommendation, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant's academic abilities.
  • Interview: Each applicant will have a personal interview before being considered for matriculation. 
  • Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or minimum admissions test requirements may supplement the portfolio with additional materials that support their academic and leadership potential for successful completion of this graduate program

    Exit Requirements

    • Completion of a comprehensive e-portfolio aligned to national higher education administration standards.

    Application Deadline

    August 1st: Fall semester

    *International students are advised to apply by:
    April 1st: Fall (September intake)

    Non-degree status not available.

    Contact Us

    Dr. James Alford
    Program Advisor
    alfordj3@wpunj.edu
    or wphied@wpunj.edu
    973-720-2598
    (Fax) 973-720-309