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M.S. in Higher Education Administration

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

Program Info

This 30-credit, online degree is designed so that students can tailor the program for their professional goals or prepare for doctoral study, if desired. The curriculum, taught by experienced faculty, will be beneficial to professionals in all areas of a university, including:

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

The 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 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. The M.S. in Higher Education Administration can be completed in as little as two years.


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 Criteria

Bachelor's degree from an accredited university

Minimum overall 3.0 GPA or minimum 3.0 GPA on most recent 48 credits.

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).

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.

Graduate tuition is competitively priced at $953 per credit. 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. As part of that partnership, The School of Education offers financial assistance in many forms including:

  • University-offered graduate assistantships are available for competitive applications.
  • Current full-time lay teachers of pre-K through high school or school administrators in a Roman Catholic school in the Pittsburgh, Greensburg, or Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses pursuing a non-doctoral degree or certificate in the School of Education may be eligible to receive a 60% tuition award. This Lay Teacher award does not apply to the doctoral programs. Only one Duquesne University degree may be earned under this reduced tuition program. The Catholic School Lay Teacher & Administrator Award Form details information pertaining to this award.

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

Program Director

P. Jesse Rine

P. Jesse Rine, Ph.D.

Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Foundations and Leadership

412A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.2592
Curriculum Vitae
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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.