Higher Education Administration

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Our Master's in Higher Education Administration is a 30-credit, online program flexibly designed so you can tailor your coursework to fit your professional goals. Taught by experienced faculty, our curriculum is beneficial to professionals in all areas of higher education, including:

  • Enrollment management
  • Admissions
  • Development
  • Management and business
  • Marketing and communication
  • Educational technology
  • Facilities management and more

We provide you with the knowledge and experience necessary to become an institutional leader ready to advance America's diverse array of colleges and universities. Graduates of our online Master's in Higher Education Administration program carry with them a broad, holistic understanding of university structures and operational areas, as well as the ability to identify and analyze problems, craft data-driven solutions and cast vision for future practice.

With the flexibility of online delivery and accelerated course terms offered every fall, spring and summer, you can efficiently pursue your graduate education while working full time. Our online M.S. in Higher Education Administration can be completed in as little as two years.

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Our 30-credit, online program is designed so that you can tailor coursework to fit your professional goals for your higher education career in enrollment management, admissions, development, and many other areas.





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Top 100 in the U.S. and #7 in PA

Our program is ranked in the top 100 in the U.S. and #7 in PA for Best Online Master's in Higher Education Administration by U.S. News and World Report for 2022-23.

Hear from our Alumni

Headshot of Higher Education alum Terrell Nelson

The Higher Education Administration master's program at Duquesne University has truly given me the cultural, professional, and innovative experience needed to do the work of serving students.

Terrell Nelson '21 Executive Director for the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys
Headshot of Higher Education alum Ashley Kane

The M.S. in Higher Education Administration program has provided me with a holistic view of the different functional areas within higher education. I can't speak highly enough of the flexibility and real-world applications this program provides.

Ashley Kane '20 Assistant Director for Freshman Development and Student Programming
Headshot of Higher Education alum Katy Tersine

Returning to graduate school as an adult learner was a big decision, but the people at Duquesne University instilled in me a level of confidence that I haven't found anywhere else...I want to give future students much of the same support that I experienced.

Katy Tersine '22 Administrative Assistant in Higher Education

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Higher Education Administration

Tara Abbott

Program Director | Clinical Assistant Professor

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Ida Moran

Assistant to the Program Director

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