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Graduate Programs: Higher Education

Graduate Programs: Higher Education

Graduate Program in Higher Education

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?

Messiah University’s 36-credit higher education and intercollegiate athletic leadership programs offer online coursework with one required on-campus summer course and several options for hybrid classes. Our small class sizes, hybrid courses and paid graduate assistantships allow you the opportunity to interact with fellow classmates, faculty and students.

Master of Arts in higher education

Whether your passion is student activities, multicultural programs, academic advising, admissions or residence life, coaching, or more, Messiah University’s Master of Arts in higher education will prepare you to be a transformative, visionary leader for faith-based and other higher education settings.

Master of Arts in intercollegiate athletic leadership

Advance your education and career in intercollegiate athletic leadership at Messiah University with a program that integrates sports management, marketing and communication, coaching and strategic organizational leadership. Our master’s in intercollegiate athletic leadership will prepare you to serve in a variety of administrative and coaching positions in a college or university setting.

  • 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.

  • No-fee tuition Know what you are paying for with Messiah’s no-fee tuition. The cost per credit is what you pay – there are no hidden fees for labs, courses, services or technology. We put the true cost of your program upfront so that you can accurately compare and plan for your graduate education.

  • 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 paid graduate assistantships available on Messiah's campus.

  • Our higher education degree has concentrations in academic support; college athletics leadership; strategic leadership; student affairs; or the unique opportunity to create your own individualized concentration, tailored to your professional aspirations.

  • When compared to competitor M.A. and MBA programs in sports administration, our M.A. in intercollegiate athletic leadership program uniquely brings together higher education, intercollegiate athletics and leadership courses.
  • 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 University 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 28 NCAA Division III national titles since 2000. 

  • 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.

  • Rolling admission allowing you to enter the program at multiple points throughout the year.

  • Partnerships with Azusa Pacific University, Bethel University, Immaculata University and Union University for students interested in pursuing doctoral studies.

Intelligent 2020 Best MA in Higher Education

Intelligent.com has ranked Messiah's M.A. in higher education program as a Top 45 Masters in Higher Education Program.

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The Best Colleges has ranked Messiah College’s M.A. in higher education program as a Top 50 Best Online Master’s in Higher Education Program.

 

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