Are you looking to advance your career working with students on a college campus? Would you like to deepen your understanding of the foundations and principles of effective leadership in higher education from a Christian faith perspective? Whether your passion is coaching, student activities, multicultural programs, academic advising, admissions or residence life, or more, Messiah College’s Master of Arts in higher educationwill prepare you to be a transformative, visionary leader for faith-based and other higher education settings.
Coursework is primarily online, with optional hybrid (on-campus/online) courses and a weeklong session in July at our Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, campus. Our hybrid courses and graduate assistantships allow you the opportunity to interact with fellow classmates, faculty and students.
Messiah College's M.A. in higher education offers:
A flexible program designed with working professionals in mind. The majority of courses are conducted online, with optional hybrid (on-campus/online) courses each semester, and weeklong on-campus sessions during the summer.
Academic rigor combined with experiential learning opportunities. An internship experience is built into the program design (students with two or more years of professional experience may do a professional seminar instead). In addition, many students practice what they're learning through 15 graduate assistantships available on Messiah's campus.
Concentrations in academic support; college athletics leadership; strategicleadership; student affairs; or the unique opportunity to create your own individualized concentration, tailored to your professional aspirations.
Program completion in as little as two years.
Courses taught by accomplished, committed Christian faculty. Our professors have extensive higher education experience, gained through leadership in academic institutions, professional associations, and as consultants. As accomplished scholars, our faculty has vital experience in their specialized areas of study and practice. Our professors are caring, committed educators who mentor you as you engage your faith, explore your vocation, and advance your career.
A reputation for excellence. Messiah College is home to The Ernest L. Boyer Center,committed to renewing society through education. The College's academic strengths are matched by championship intercollegiate athletic teams that have won 17 NCAA Division III national titles within the past ten years.
Small class sizes ensure personalized attention and meaningful interaction with professors and fellow students. Our program allows you to learn from and with one another through online as well as face-to-face interaction.
Deferred payment option if your employer reimburses for graduate course completions.
Applicable and relevant coursework including a flexible capstone experience that allows you to complete the program in a manner that fits your career and personal goals.