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Graduate Programs : Higher Education




The M.A. in Higher Education offers courses in two different formats:

  • one-week intensive courses held on campus;

  • eight-week courses conducted entirely online


Messiah College graduate programs follow a three semester calendar:  Fall, Spring, and Summer.  In the Higher Education Program, these semesters are further divided into terms, as shown below.
Student studying outside at Messiah College.
Summer Semester

Late Summer Term (1 week intensive)


Fall Semester

Early Fall Term (8 weeks)

Late Fall Term (8 weeks)


Spring Semester

Early Spring Term (8 weeks)

Late Spring Term (8 weeks)


Summer Semester

Early Summer Term (8 weeks)


Students register for multiple terms at one time.  During the Fall registration period (around April 1), students should register for Early Fall and Late Fall courses.  During the Spring registration period (around November 1), students should register for Early Spring and Late Spring courses.  During the Summer registration period, students should register for Early and Late (intensive) Summer courses.


Larsen student unionThe late summer courses require students to be on campus for one full week.  Following the week on campus, students will be required to complete further assignments for their courses. All other courses, with the exception of practicum and internships are conducted online over an eight-week period.


This schedule allows for one week breaks between eight week courses, time off for major holidays, and few consecutive weeks of unscheduled time during the summer months.