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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Program Information

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.





Required Credit Hours


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.

Application Process

Bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA*

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • *Applicants are customarily expected to have a 3.0 grade point average, based on a four-point scale, in their undergraduate work. However, exceptions may be granted on a limited basis, in which there is substantial additional evidence of a student's academic competency.

Duquesne University participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). Visit SARA to learn more about these distance learning regulations, information concerning professional licensure disclosures and complaint resolution processes.

International Applicants

International Students seeking fully online programs are not eligible for U.S. Student Visas. Visit International Admissions for additional information and requirements.


Rolling Admissions

Our M.S. Higher Education Administration Education program has a rolling admissions process. This means you can apply anytime throughout the year.

Required Documents

Send official application materials to:


  • Duquesne University School of Education
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    214A Canevin Hall
    600 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Hear from our Alumni

Photo of M.S. Higher Education Administration alum Katy Tersine outside door with Duquesne University Office of Residence Life sticker on it and reflection of campus buildings reflected in door glass

The online program at Duquesne provided me with the opportunity to work toward my goals...I was able to balance being a working mother and a member of a well-regarded institution...I was able to accept the Business Manager position in Residence Life...

Katy Tersine '22 Business Manager for Office of Residence Life
Headshot of M.S. Higher Education Administration 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

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