The curriculum for the Master of Arts in Higher Education will equip you to develop the programs, facilitate the institutional environments, and create the educational experiences that shape an educated citizenry. You'll be challenged to consider issues of equity and access, including issues of racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic diversity, to identify the challenges, benefits, and responsibilities of living in a pluralistic society, and to build bridges of reconciliation that contribute positively to the common good.
There is a core set of courses taken by all students (18 credits) and an additional set of courses totaling 18 credits for each of the specific concentrations: College Athletics Management and Student Affairs. Students pursuing a individualized concentration propose and complete coursework totaling 18 credits in accordance with their professional focus.
The program can be completed in as little as two years. The majority of the courses are offered in an eight-week, online format throughout the year. Two courses are offered as intensives and require the student to be on Messiah College’s Grantham campus for one week in the summer as well as complete course assignments before and after the intensive week. Internships are completed at approved off-campus sites. Courses for the NCAA compliance course sequence will be offered in a blended format with some weekend on-campus time and some time spent online.
If you have questions after exploring the links on the left, or reviewing the information provided in the Higher Education Student Handbook, please contact the Director of the Graduate Program in Higher Education.