Our master's in higher education administration program is for you if you are a recent college graduate or you have work experience in a college setting and want to further your career working in higher education. Our program provides you with the skills needed for a wide variety of entry and mid-level leadership and professional roles in two and four-year colleges and universities, as well as policy and advocacy organizations. Our curriculum prepares you to engage with critical issues in higher education, and there is ample room in the curriculum for deeper exploration of your individual interests.
The features of our program include:
|Academic credential granted||Master of Education (EdM)|
|Credits required for completion||33|
|Time to completion||3 full-time semesters (part-time option available)|
|Course delivery||On campus|
|Supervised professional experience ||Recommended but not required |
|Application deadline||Fall admission only |
Priority Deadline: Jan. 15, then rolling on a space-available basis
Core Courses (18 credits)
ELP 501 Higher Education in U.S.
ELP 502 Historical Basis of Higher Education
ELP 505 Organization and Governance
ELP 507 Financing of Higher Education
ELP 509 The American College Student
ELP 513 Cultural Diversity in HED
Research Methods Courses (3 credits – select one)
ELP 539 Program Evaluation and Assessment
CEP 532 Understanding Statistical Research
ELP 685 Applied Social Research
Elective Courses (12 credits)
You are encouraged to take any courses in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy that are not designated for specific programs. You may also select an additional research course from the list above. Please select your electives in consultation with your advisor.
You must also complete a comprehensive examination.
Assistantships are available in a variety of areas that change from year to year. Compensation for positions ranges from hourly pay only to a stipend to tuition remission plus a stipend. Generally, assistantships require 20 hours of work per week.
The application process for assistantships is separate from the program admission process. Assistantship opportunities are posted for the following academic year in mid-January, from offices on campus such as Campus Living, Career Services, Student Engagement, Intercultural and Diversity Center, among others.
While assistantships are limited, new opportunities become available throughout summer and into the fall semester.
If you are accepted into the higher education (doctoral) or the higher education administration/student affairs administration (master’s) programs, check back here for updates on available positions and how to apply. Interviews for assistantships typically take place during the higher education program’s Open House and Assistantship Day, scheduled to occur February 28 to March 1, 2019. In addition to interviewing positions, prospective students will have an opportunity to learn more about UB and the higher education program, network with current and accepted students, and meet program faculty. For those unable to come to campus for Assistantship Day, offices will conduct phone interviews, although we highly encourage you to attend if at all possible.
You must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.
Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.