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Higher Education Administration (MA)

This 30 credit hour online program can be completed within two to eight years either as a part-time or full-time student and from any geographic location. Working with an advisor, students complete a program of study that includes a capstone experience.

The program of study consists of a common core (12 credits), research core (6 credits), electives (6 credits), support area (9 credits) and a capstone requirement (3 credits).

The M.A. degree prepares individuals for leadership positions within college and university settings or within affiliated organizations in support of the postsecondary sector. Alumni have been placed within executive, administrative (business administration, academic affairs and student affairs) and faculty support positions; or have continued their graduate studies in pursuit of a doctoral degree.

Career Profile

Recent job titles of graduates include:

Employers for the above titles range from in-state schools such as West Virginia University and Fairmont State University to out-of-state institutions such as Duke University.

Course Delivery Options


Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement, Writing Sample

Graduate Program Application Requirements

The Higher Education Administration Program admits students to the Master of Arts Program on a rolling basis. Applicants should arrange for the following items to be sent to West Virginia University:

  1. All official college transcripts. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts should be sent to the WVU Office of Admissions. The undergraduate grade point average must be equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a four-point scale).
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must also be sent to the Office of Admissions. Request that the GRE send your scores to WVU using Institution Code 5904. Test dates should be within five years of the date of application. Applicants must score at or above the 50th percentile on the GRE examinations. In addition, all applicants whose native language is not English must have a minimum score of 93 on the internet-based test (IBT) TOEFL examination. [WVU Institution Code: 5904]

For 1 and 2, send college transcripts, GRE scores to:
Office of Admissions
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
Phone: 304-293-2121

Fax: 304-293-3080.

  1. For admission consideration, In addition to college transcripts and test scores, applicants are required to submit an online application, which can be found at the WVU Graduate Education website.

Prepare in advance to upload the following items to the “Supplemental Materials” section of the online application:

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Priority

​August 1

Fall Deadline

​August 7

Spring Priority

​December 15

Spring Deadline

​January 7

Summer Deadline

​Do Not Admit

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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