Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration


The master of arts (M.A.) degree requires 37 credit hours. The M.A. is an individualized program designed for those interested in a focus on higher education.

Program Manual

Program Coordinator

Janet Usinger, Associate Professor
College of Education
Office: (775) 682-9083

Graduate School catalog info

The study of higher education leadership allows individuals to examine all areas of higher education, to develop skills in research and analysis, and to prepare to enter challenging and influential roles in many areas.

Our graduates have had distinguished careers in both academics and administration in Nevada and across the nation. They have held such positions as professor, department chair, program director, financial aid officer, dean, chief diversity officer, university vice president and college president. How you will use the skills and knowledge you acquire in an educational leadership program depends on you...

Application deadline

Applications and all associated documents must be received by the following due dates in order to be considered:
Fall semester: March 1
Spring semester: Oct. 1

Admission Requirements

  • Letter of Intent/Statement of Purpose
  • Completion of the program application
  • Sample of written work
  • 1-2 page resume
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Qualified in the professional judgment of the program faculty

The specific curriculum requirements are adapted to the professional needs of the student. Students should not enroll in any graduate-level course without first securing the approval of the program that such a course is acceptable toward a selected major or minor.

Program Requirements

The M.A. in Educational Leadership require students to develop a program of study in conjunction with their advisor and committee that includes a minimum of 39 graduate credits, at least 15 of which must be at the 700-level.

Completion Requirements for the Master's Degree include:

  1. Filing a program of study, approved by the Graduate School
  2. Maintaining a 3.0 GPA in all graduate work
  3. Successful completion of a culminating comprehensive examination

Program Hours

A minimum of 39 credits are required. All degree candidates are required to complete one or more research courses. In addition, all students are required to take 1 to 3 credits of comprehensive examination which may be above the 39 credits of approved courses. A maximum of six graduate credits of S/U grades may be applied toward a master's degree.

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Contact College of Education

Phone (775) 784-4298 (Undergraduate Advisement)
(775) 784-4345 (Main)
Fax (775) 784-6298
Location William J. Raggio