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Higher Education Administration - Master's and Doctorate

Availability: Hattiesburg and Online Options

Love College? Make Higher Education Your Career Choice!

The Higher Education Administration programs prepare individuals for success in professional staff, administrative or faculty/research roles within post-secondary institutions. Growth in complexity and size of college and university administration has prompted a need for professionally trained administrators who are knowledgeable of the structure, financing, legal issues, staffing, and administration of higher education organizations. The Student Affairs emphasis prepares individuals in the field of college student affairs including numerous student service areas.

These online synchronous courses are offered in the evenings, perfect for working professionals who want a cohort-like experience while maintaining their current residence and employment.

The admission cohort for fall 2020 has reached enrollment capacity. Admission's applications are now being accepted for spring 2021 and fall 2021 cohorts.

Application deadlines for the EdD in Higher Education are:


Admit Term Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Spring 2021 September 15, 2020 November 15, 2020
Fall 2021 April 15, 2021 June 15, 2021


Application deadlines for the MEd Higher Education are:

Admit Term Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Spring 2021 -- December 1, 2020
Fall 2021 -- August 1, 2021




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3Degree Options
2Programs Designed for Working Professionals
3years to Doctorate

What Will I Learn?

Students enrolled in Higher Education programs will learn how to work in a variety of areas in higher education including both student affairs and academic affairs. Whether you desire to become a student affairs professional, an administrator, or faculty, you will want to consider a degree in Higher Education.

  • M.Ed. Education (Student Affairs in Higher Education)
  • Ed.D. Education (Higher Education Administration)—part time, fully online
  • Ph.D. Education (Higher Education Administration)

Specific admissions requirements include a statement of intent, acceptable GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, and prior academic transcripts.

The M.Ed. with emphasis in Student Affairs affords students the opportunity to complete practicum experiences in a variety of student affairs functional areas.

Doctoral students will conduct traditional research for the Ph.D. or a practitioner-focused action research capstone project for the Ed.D. Students interested in the Ed.D. program might find themselves using research in the future, implementing education best practices and educational theories, or developing specific solutions that contribute to change or that have policy implications. Interested Ph.D. candidates might find themselves doing research in the future, advancing educational theories, and proposing general implications for the discipline and recommendations for future research.

Students in Higher Education are eligible for a number of scholarships through the USM Foundation.

Experienced Faculty Who Enjoy Teaching and Mentoring Emerging Professionals

Higher Education faculty are skilled practitioners and productive researchers in the areas of higher education and student affairs. Their research interests include health literacy and education, cultural competence, professional practice, student life – historical and current, social justice in higher education, and the history of higher education. Faculty work collaboratively with students to publish articles and co-present research at numerous national conferences.


Degree Plan Availability
Higher Education Administration EdDHattiesburg, Online 100%
Higher Education Administration PhDHattiesburg
Higher Education (Student Affairs Administration) MEdHattiesburg, Online 100%
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  • Joseph Odenwald, 2015, 
    Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, LSU College of Engineering
  • Elizabeth Cobbins, 2017, 
    Program Coordinator of the Multicultural Center, Western State Colorado University
  • Jena Hawk, 2014, 
     Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Tammy Franks, 2017, 
    Vice President, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College—Jackson County Campus
  • Stephanie Schroeder, 2018,
    Coordinator of Greek Life, Birmingham-Southern University