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Higher Education Administration

The Higher Education Administration programs in the graduate school at Mercyhurst University are designed to develop expertise across a wide range of functions in higher education. Students work collaboratively with university administrators, staff and faculty in the application of theoretical concepts in the areas of program development, assessment, policy formulation and problem resolution. We offer two options through a mixture of on-campus and online coursework to best meet the goals, needs and schedules of working students. 

There are two options for applicants interested in higher education administration. First, a four course Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration (credits are applicable to the master's degree program). This certificate may be completed in as little as one year. In addition to the graduate certificate, we offer a Master of Science (M.S.) in Organizational Leadership with a Higher Education Administration concentration. This program typically takes two years to complete. The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the number of students at the post-secondary level is expected to grow more rapidly than other student populations, creating an increased need for leaders in this field.

Cost and Career Information

In compliance with the “gainful employment” regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, Mercyhurst is disclosing certain cost and career information to prospective students. You can view this information by clicking here.

Course Requirements

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION

This certificate is comprised of four courses (12 credits). Students must complete the following:

  • OL 525 Governance in Higher Education
  • OL 532 -OR- OL 625 Law for Leaders -OR- Higher Education Law
  • OL 535 History & Trends in Higher Education
  • OL 675 Internship -OR- Approved Elective

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP WITH A HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION CONCENTRATION

In addition to the four courses required for the graduate certificate (listed above), you will take the following seven courses (21 credits) that constitute the Organizational Leadership core curriculum:

  • OL 500 Leadership Theory and Practice
  • OL 502 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • OL 504 Research Methods
  • OL 505 Organizational Ethics
  • OL 530 Organizational Communications for Leaders
  • OL 651 Financial Operations and Analysis
  • OL 676/677 Thesis or research-based project

 Download the Graduate Course Catalog for more information on these programs or to view course descriptions for the classes above.

 

Contacts

Office of Graduate Studies
Phone: (814) 824-2297

Dr. Anne Zaphiris, associate professor of organizational leadership
Office location: Main 200
Phone: (814) 824-3382
Email: azaphiris@mercyhurst.edu

Candace Schiffer, M.A., associate director, graduate admissions
Phone: (814) 824-3384
Fax: (814) 824-2055
Email: cschiffer@mercyhurst.edu 

Kristen Pepe, academic coordinator, graduate admissions
Phone: (814) 824-2297
E-mail: kpepe@mercyhurst.edu