North Carolina Central University’s Master of Science in Higher Education Administration Program is designed for prospective higher educational professionals who desire to attain strong theoretical skills and competencies to excel in diverse higher education settings. The goal of the program is to produce exceptional practitioners to foster 21st century college environments in which all students can thrive and successfully matriculate.


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The Master of Science in Higher Education Administration is a 42-credit hour program offered 100% online.  The program is designed for current practitioners to strengthen their skillset and knowledge base. Students are able to maintain full-time employment while enhancing their professional development. 


Core Curriculum

  • Introduction to Student Affairs
  • History of Higher Education
  • Theories of College Student Development 
  • Educational Research   
  • College Students and the Campus Environment   
  • Diversity in Higher Education 
  • Supervised Clinical Experience 
  • Legal and Political Aspects of Education 
  • Higher Education Capstone

Potential Careers:

  • Academic Advisor
  • Admissions Officer/Counselor
  • Assistant Director for Academic Support, Athletics
  • Assistant Director, Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Assistant Dean
  • Development Officer
  • Coordinator, Assessment
  • Coordinator of Recreation and Intramural Sports
  • Coordinator for Study Abroad
  • Career Development Counselor
  • Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Coordinator for Student Conduct
  • Residence Hall Director
  • Program Coordinator, Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Program Coordinator, Orientation and First Year Experience
  • Program Coordinator, Student Leadership and Service
  • Program Coordinator, TRiO Programs
  • Student Activities Coordinator

Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour

*Please note: Tuition & Fees are subject to change*

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA (3.0 GPA required in undergraduate major)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (2nd masters degree-seeking candidates only)
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Interview with the admissions committee (virtual)

Application requirements:

  • A completed NCCU Graduate School application (apply online)
  • $50 application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official sealed transcript from all institutions attended
  • TOEFL scores or IELTS scores (if English is not the native language; international students only)
  • Financial Statement Certificate of Eligibility (international students only)
  • Personal statement/Letter of intent

Application Deadline:

  • June 1st, 2023 (admits Fall term only)

Admissions Specialist: Mrs. Vonda Belle

Telephone #: (919) 530-6478


Dr. Tryan McMickens

Program Coordinator

Telephone:  (919) 530-6416

Office: H.M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education, Room 2094


Program Summary