Emphasis Area: Higher Education

Master of Arts in Educational Administration: Higher Education Emphasis


The Higher Education faculty review all admissions applications and make admission decisions. Admission for the M.A. in educational administration, with an emphasis in Higher Education, requires that the following steps be successfully completed:

Admission Requirements

  1. Full admission to the Higher Education Program requires:
    • Completion of the UMKC graduate admission application.
    • An undergraduate 3.0 GPA or higher.
    • Cover sheet.
    • Two letters of reference with recommendation form.
    • A written statement of purpose (500 words maximum) that outlines the student’s rationale for application to the program and learning goals.
  2. Students who do not meet the undergraduate grade-point average can receive conditional admission to the program. Students must complete a minimum of six hours of core requirements with a grade of "B" or better within the first two semesters of enrollment.
  3. Priority application deadlines are as follows:
    • April 1 for summer term
    • July 1 for fall term
    • November 1 for spring term

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Grounding in the Field. Students will demonstrate increased knowledge of the historical development of the higher education system and leadership in the profession.
  • Communication. Students will demonstrate improved ability to communicate in multiple forms (e.g., orally, written, presentation).
  • Ethics. Students will be able to identify and appropriately address ethical issues that occur at the post-secondary level and understand how ethical statements from professional organizations guide behavior.
  • Diversity. Students will understand the multiple forms of diversity found on university campuses. Students will reflect on their own experience and its' influences behavior.

Student Learning Outcomes

Program Requirements

The graduate program in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Higher Education prepares administrators and educators for the demands of leadership in colleges or universities and other institutional settings. Through a comprehensive master’s program for individuals wanting a graduate degree or through coursework taken for professional development, the program supports administrative leaders and educators who seek to enhance their professional competencies and effectiveness in today’s increasingly diverse work place.

Student programs of study at the master’s level are developed to reflect required core courses that provide all master’s level students with fundamental understandings of higher education, student development, organizational leadership and diversity. In addition, the program offers a range of cognate courses that are tailored to meet specific student interests or learning goals in administrative leadership or student affairs administration. Advising materials and meetings with faculty enable students to create academic programs that meet their unique learning needs. Unless indicated, all courses are available to non-degree seeking students for professional development.

All master’s level students will design a full-term internship in collaboration with an on-site supervisor and the instructor of the fieldwork course. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with guided opportunities to enhance skills, expand their professional experience base, and apply course learning in new settings.

Required Core Courses
EDUC-UL 5526Philosophical Foundations Of Education3
EDUC-UL 5550Organization And Administration Of Higher Education3
EDUC-UL 5556The College Student3
EDUC-UL 5560Leadership In Higher Education3
EDUC-UL 5564History Of Higher Education3
EDUC-UL 5566Racial And Ethnic Diversity, And Cultural Understanding3
EDUC-UL 5567Higher Education Capstone3
EDUC-UL 5571Internship In Higher Education3
Research and Statistics
EDUC-R&P 5508Principles And Methods Of Research3
Focus Area
Select one of the following areas:9
Focus Area: Student Affairs Administration
Student Affairs Administration In Higher Education
Advanced Student Development Theory
Current Issues In Community Colleges
Focus Area: Foundations of Education
Philosophical Inquiry And Education
Cultural Foundations Of Education
Historical Foundations Of Education
Sociological Foundations Of Education
Focus Area: Sports Administration & Exercise Science
Social-Cultural Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity
Sport Psychology
Organization And Administration Of Athletics
Students with no focus area must select three of the following electives: 1
Cultural Foundations Of Education
Philosophical Foundations Of Education
Sociological Foundations Of Education
Student Affairs Administration In Higher Education
Legal Aspects Of Higher Education
Community College
Financial Aspects Of Higher Education
Advanced Student Development Theory
Career Development I
Statistical Methods I
Social-Cultural Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity
Sport Psychology
Organization And Administration Of Athletics
Total Credits36