Higher Education Adminstration (MA)
Higher Education (M.A.)
Dr. Benjamin Welsh
Coordinator, Higher Education Program
Banneker Building, Room 315A
Tel: (443) 885-3748
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- A focused master's program that provides advanced preparation and enhance career opportunities for qualified persons.
- Helps to create greater diversity of learning experiences and expands opportunities for scholarship and research.
- Allow for greater economy of scale in program administration.
Admission to the Program
- Undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages (2.5 minimum; 3.0 preferred),
- Scores on either the GRE (Graduate Record Examination: Quantitative and Verbal parts), GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) or MAT (Miller Analogies test) as appropriate,
- Letters of recommendation,
- A current resume,
- A statement of career goals and interests, work and academic experiences, and
- Availability of faculty to supervise the student's work in specific academic area of interest.
General Degree Requirements
- To be awarded the MA in Higher Education Administration, a student must have completed 36 credit hours of coursework inclusive of the Comprehensive Examination. A maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate work taken prior to admission to these programs may be transferred from another accredited institution.
- All students are expected to maintain high standards of scholarship throughout the duration of the programs. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.6 at the end of any semester will be placed on academic probation. A grade point average of 3.0 or above must be maintained in order for a student to continue to receive financial aid. Grades of "C" may not count for more than 20 percent of total credit hours applied towards degree requirements.
- The course work component of the program is designed to be completed in 5 semesters inclusive of 1 summer. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 6 credits hours in the summer.
- All candidates are expected to complete and pass the comprehensive examination. (Details of the comprehensive examination are provided in a subsequent section of this handbook).
- All degree requirements must be completed within a maximum of six years of admission to the program.
A student is admitted to the School of Graduate Studies upon satisfying minimum academic criteria and any additional requirement (e.g. tests, portfolio, interview, etc.) established by the faculty in the graduate degree program in which the student seeks to matriculate. Following admission to the School of Graduate Studies, a student must complete a minimum number of credits at Morgan State University while matriculating in a graduate degree program. Upon completion of the minimum credits required to be taken at Morgan, the residency requirement has been met. Residency requirements apply to students matriculating in masters and/or doctoral programs.
The minimum requirement for residency in either master's or doctoral degree programs at Morgan State University is eighteen (18) credits of graduate course work completed at MSU. Transfer credit, internship, thesis, and dissertation seminar or guidance courses may not be used to satisfy residency requirements.
Program of Study
Required Core Specialization Courses: (9 credits)
RDHE 725 The American College Student
RDHE 735 Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education
RDHE 745 Student Development Theory and Research
Urban Student Personnel Administration Concentration: (18 credits)
**ASLF 601 Educational Economics and Finance
RDHE 699 Supervised Practicum in Student Services
RDHE 727 Legal Aspects of Higher Education
RDHE 731 Governace and Coordination
RDHE 755 Issues and Problems at Urban and Special Mission Institutions
RDHE 765 Counseling and Student Affairs
**EDHE 604 and RDHE 736 involve essentially the same subject matter.
Required Research Core: (6 credits)
EDSR 504/604 Educational Research Methods
EDSR 630* Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
*if a student has had a descriptive quantitative course within the 2-year period prior to enrollment, a faculty committee may waive EDSR 630 and the student will replace it with EDSR 631
Elective Course: (Select 1: 3credits)
RDHE 705 Quality Assurance and Accountability in Higher Education
RDHE 720 Contemporary Issues and Concepts in Higher Education
RDHE 733 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Higher Education
RDHE 738 Institutional Research and Planning in Higher Education
RDHE 744 Politics of Higher and Postsecondary Education
Additional electives courses may be approved by advisor.
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