MA in Higher Education Administration

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Application Deadline:

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

Non-degree status not available

Program Description:

The 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.

View Catalog – Requirements and Course Descriptions: Higher Education Administration Leadership Studies, MA

30-credit M.A. in Higher Education Administration: Leadership Studies

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) .

Apply Now
(in the online application - select "Master's Degree" under Future Plans,
then select "MA Higher Education Administration Leadership Studies")

Admission Requirements:

Each applicant must demonstrate that he/she can fulfill the requirements listed below and have the capacity to successfully complete graduate level coursework. Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or minimum admissions test requirements may still be considered if they are able to demonstrate substantial experience in higher education administration or related fields. Documentation of all these requirements must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Services, Morrison Hall, Room 102.

  • Transcripts:
    • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended
    • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • An applicant who has a graduate degree from an accredited college or university must have a GPA of not less than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Admission Testing:
    • Applicants must achieve a minimum verbal score of 450 (older scale: prior to August 1, 2011) or 150 (current scale) on the Graduate Record Examination or a scale score of at least 388 on the Miller Analogies Test and submit an official score to the Graduate Office.
    • The 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.
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    • Two letters of recommendation are required from professional sources that can attest to the candidate’s professional and academic abilities to complete graduate work.
    • Letters must be on official letterhead with original signatures.
  • Essay: Applicants must submit a 250-500 word essay explaining his or her reasons for applying to this graduate program, answering both of the following questions. Click Here For Application Essay Form
    • Why do you wish to be a part of the Higher Education Administration Program at William Paterson University?
    • Discuss your interest in the Higher Education Administration Program and how you believe it will help you to reach your short- and long-term professional goals.
  • Interview: Each applicant will have a personal interview before being accepted for matriculation.
Exit Requirements:
  • Completion of a comprehensive e-portfolio aligned to national higher education administration standards.

Apply Now
(in the online application - select "Master's Degree" under Future Plans,
then select "MA Higher Education Administration Leadership Studies")

Program Advisor

Dr. James Alford 
Phone: 973-720-2598
Fax: 973-720-3094
Office: 1600 Valley Rd. Rm. 4028


Dr. Patrick Noonan
Director of Transfer Programs and Special Sessions
Office: Raubinger Hall, Suite 207B-Room 208A

Dr. Glen Sherman
Associate Vice President & Dean of Student Development
Office: Student Center Suite 117

Dr. Lynne Orr
Academic Affairs, College of Education
Office: 1600 Valley Road Room #3104

Ms. Rogernelle Griffin
Director, Academic Success Center
Office: Raubinger Hall Room #011

Dr. Michelle Johnson
Associate Director Academic Advisement
Ramapo College