The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration degree at Central Michigan University is a dynamic program designed to prepare graduates to work in higher education and student affairs at colleges and universities. Graduates seek jobs in a wide array of functional areas, including academic advising, student life, fraternity and sorority life, residence life, service-learning and civic engagement, career services, and disability support services, to name a few. This 36-credit program is in line with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), which helps ensure quality of graduate preparation programs in higher education and student affairs.
Arts Administration, Business & Management, Business Administration and Management
2 years | Full time
Regular admission in the program requires an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale).
1- Applicants must provide evidence of promise as an administrator by preparing and submitting an admission portfolio online at apply.cmich.edu. The following items must be included in the contents of the portfolio:
a. A current résumé identifying skills, experiences, positions held, and professional accomplishments;
b. A minimum of two letters of reference (dated and submitted on organizational letterhead) from individuals who can appropriately address the applicant’s potential as an administrator and attest to the applicant’s potential for success in the program;
c. A 2-3 page (single-spaced) statement detailing reasons for pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration at Central Michigan University, professional goals, and what problems or challenges in higher education the applicant feels passionately about addressing.
2- Regular admission will be granted only after the admission portfolio has been reviewed and deemed acceptable by a committee of Educational Leadership faculty. Acceptability will be judged on the appropriateness of the contents of the admission portfolio relative to the degree program to which the application is being made. The applicant’s statement must show evidence of thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and congruence with the degree program.
It is advantageous for the applicant to submit the completed admission portfolio as early as possible. Applicants must submit a complete admission portfolio, and it must be approved before a student is granted regular admission.
Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award:
The Out-of-State Tuition Merit Awards is available for graduate students who meet all three of the following requirements. Students who meet all the requirements will be eligible to receive domestic tuition.
Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on the U.S. 4.0 scale.
An appropriate entrance exam score:
Graduate Records Exam (GRE): Verbal score of at least 157 and Quantitative score of at least 152
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): Minimum score of 600
Miller Analogies Test (MAT): Minimum score of 418
Proof of English Proficiency (required only from non-native speakers of English)
TOEFL: Minimum score of 100 (ibt) or 600 (pbt)