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Online Master’s in Higher Education Administration

Gain the knowledge, skills, and experience to contribute effectively in a higher education position.

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Program Overview

The Master's in Higher Education Administration is a 30-credit, online program flexibly designed so that students can tailor the coursework to fit their professional goals. The curriculum, taught by experienced faculty, will be 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.

Duquesne University's online M.S. in Higher Education Administration provides students with the knowledge and experience necessary to become institutional leaders ready to advance America's diverse array of colleges and universities. Graduates of the 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, students can efficiently pursue their graduate education while working full-time. Duquesne's online M.S. in Higher Education Administration can be completed in as little as two years. Submit the request information form on this page to learn more about the online M.S. in Higher Education Administration program.

"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 application that the program provides. As someone that is in their third year working full-time in a higher education setting, this program has helped me develop the knowledge and skills to better support students while also teaching me how all departments work together for student and university success. This online program has been a wonderful complement to my career and personal life, as it lets me take responsibility for how I manage my time."

-Ashley, Residence Life

Program Announcements

2020 Higher Education Spring Lecture

Spring 2020 Lecture Speaker Dr. Ana M. Martínez Alemán

Date: Monday, March 16th,  10:30 a.m. - Noon
Location: Online - Webinar

This event has now moved online to a webinar
To RSVP for the webinar...
Please contact: higheredadmin@duq.edu by 8pm on Sunday, 3/15

The Master of Science Program in Higher Education Administration is pleased to announce that Dr. Ana M. Martínez Alemán, Professor of Higher Education at Boston College and author of Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First Generation College Students, will deliver the 2nd Annual Rev. Martin A. Hehir C.S.Sp. Memorial Lecture at Duquesne University on Monday, March 16, at 10:30 a.m. in the Africa Room of the Student Union Building. The lecture is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP to higheredadmin@duq.edu. This event has now moved online to a webinar. To RSVP for the webinar, please contact: higheredadmin@duq.edu by 8pm on Sunday, 3/15

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Applying to the online M.S. in Higher Education Administration is easy. Below is a breakdown of the required materials that must accompany your application. Click here to create an account to start your application.

Application Materials

Duquesne University Online Graduate Application

Official college or university transcripts

One-page statement of purpose addressing motivation for seeking admission to the program (250 word maximum). The statement of purpose can be emailed to: higheredadmin@duq.edu 

All international students with a degree from a non-English speaking institution must submit test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

Send application materials to:

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



International applicants can visit International Admissions for additional information and requirements.
Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA*
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Due to higher education regulation changes, Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students residing in certain states. Before applying, please review the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

*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.

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Tuition and Aid

A Duquesne degree is an investment in your future. Join one of the nation's top-tier universities with the best value, considering cost and academic quality, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. At Duquesne, you'll become part of a community of nearly 9,500 students studying at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

Program tuition is competitively priced at $972 per credit (2019-2020). In addition to tuition, graduate students may also incur fees for administrative services, room, and meals, if applicable. At Duquesne University, we believe that financing your education is a partnership between the student and the university. University-offered graduate assistantships are available for competitive applications.

For further assistance, please contact the Duquesne University Office of Financial Aid.

"The M.S. in Higher Education Administration at Duquesne has afforded me countless opportunities to develop my knowledge and further shape my experience. Higher education has been a field of interest for me since I was enrolled as an undergraduate, and now I have the opportunity to see higher education from different and unique perspectives...The structure of the courses allow me to develop a sense of community among my cohort which is not always the case in purely online programs. We have connected and bonded with each other through our shared passion for higher education, and we benefit greatly from the networking opportunities. Overall, I cannot recommend this program enough. The opportunities and lessons it offers cannot be matched."

-Brandon, University Library

Federal government financial aid options:

In addition to awards and scholarships, you may be eligible for financial aid with the federal government. The federal government has loan options that can cover education and living costs. Loan forgiveness options are also available for those working inside and outside of the classroom, these include:

  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

For further assistance, please contact FedLoan Servicing.

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Program Faculty

P. Jesse Rine

P. Jesse Rine, Ph.D.

Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

412A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.2592
Curriculum Vitae
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"After serving in administrative roles at higher education associations and on college campuses, I wanted to share my professional experience and help prepare the next generation of college administrators. I was honored to be named the founding director of the M.S. in Higher Education Administration at Duquesne University, an institution known for combining the resources of a research university with the personal touch of a teaching college. At Duquesne, I have been able to forge meaningful relationships with my students and invest in their professional success, and do so within an academically excellent and supportive community of care."

- P. Jesse Rine, Ph.D.

P. Jesse Rine (Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Virginia, 2010) is the Director of the M.S. Program in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Rine previously directed the research programs of two national higher education associations, the Council of Independent Colleges and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and also served as Assistant Provost at Grove City College. His scholarship has been published in a number of edited volumes, research reports, and academic journals, including the Journal of College Student Development, the Journal of College & Character, Religion & Education, and Christian Higher Education. Dr. Rine's research explores institutional identity, organizational adaptation, and student outcomes in higher education, with a focus on liberal arts colleges and religiously affiliated institutions.

Dr. Lauren Germain

Lauren J. Germain, Ph.D

Director of Evaluation, Assessment, and Educational Research
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Lauren J. Germain (Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Virginia, 2012) is the
Director of Evaluation, Assessment and Educational Research at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Germain is the author of Campus Sexual Assault: College Women Respond, which is currently in its second printing with Johns Hopkins University Press, along with several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. Her dissertation research earned an AAUW National Dissertation Fellowship and the Outstanding Dissertation Award from AERA's Division J (Postsecondary Education).

Dr. Jessica Mann

Jessica Mann, Ph.D

The Center for Community-Engaged Teaching & Research
20 Chatham Square, Murphy Building
Phone: 412.396.5893

Jessica L. Mann (Ph.D., Administration and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2016) is the Director of the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research. Dr. Mann has previously served as the Associate Dean for Student Engagement and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Seton Hill University. Her scholarship has been published in a number of research reports, academic journals, and encyclopedias including The Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice; Journal of Curriculum Theorizing; and Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice. Dr. Mann's research explores community-university partnerships, student development, and service-learning/community engagement in both the academic and co-curricular domains of higher education.

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