Higher Education Administration (MA)

Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration (HED MA)
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/education/degrees/ma-he

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

The Master's in Higher Education Administration Degree program at UofL is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in university and college settings. Our nationally recognized faculty apply their expertise as scholars and practitioners to connect classroom knowledge directly to real-world experiences.

Admission Requirements

Please have transcripts sent to:
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
If transcripts are sent electronically,
please have them sent to the following e-mail: gradadm@louisville.edu

  • GRE scores (waived if undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher or completion of a master's degree with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Professional goals statement

Students may be recommended for conditional admission upon recommendation of the program faculty. 

Meeting the GPA and GRE requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Department committee reviews application materials and makes recommendation to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

Practice Core 12
Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics
Program Development & Assessment in Higher Education
The Organization and Administration of Higher Educational Institutions
College Students in the United States
Professional Project in Higher Education
Advanced Core9
Legal Issues in Postsecondary Education
Educational Resource Management in Postsecondary Education
Diversity in Higher Education
Concentration (approved by advisor)12
See Concentration tab for specific requirements
Exit Requirement 13
Minimum Total Hours36

Degree Requirements–Fort Knox

General Requirements3
Special Problems in Educational Leadership
Professional Area24
Collaboration and Communication for Effective Leadership
Graduate Seminar: Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education
The Organization and Administration of Higher Educational Institutions
College Students in the United States
Principles of Educational Leadership
Educational Resource Management in Postsecondary Education
Diversity in Higher Education
Legal Issues in Postsecondary Education
Electives 6
College Teaching
Special Problems in Leading Instructional Improvements
Exit Requirement3
Professional Project in Higher Education
Minimum Total Hours36

Concentration Requirements

Concentration in Administration

Concentration Requirements
ELFH 607Principles of Educational Leadership3
ELFH 678American College and University3
Elective 13
Elective 13
Minimum Total Hours12
Exit Requirement
ELFH 697Organizational Improvement in Higher Education3

Concentration for Policy & Equity

Concentration Requirements
ELFH 681The Philosophy of Higher Education3
ELFH 687Education Policy & Equity3
Elective 13
Elective 13
Minimum Total Hours12
Exit Requirement
ELFH 697Organizational Improvement in Higher Education3

Concentration in Sport Administration

Concentration Requirements
SPAD 680Athletics and Higher Education3
SPAD 625Sport Management and Leadership3
Elective 13
Elective 13
Minimum Total Hours12
Exit Requirement
SPAD 692Internship in Sport Administration3

Concentration in Teaching & Learning 

Concentration Requirements
ELFH 670Instructional Strategies3
ELFH 683College Teaching3
Elective 13
Elective 13
Minimum Total Hours12
Exit Requirement
ELFH 697Organizational Improvement in Higher Education3