Dec 02, 2021
The Master of Arts program’s curriculum emphasizes history, diversity, retention, and administration in higher education. The program focuses on general administration in higher education colleges and universities, and includes five core required courses. Students use their electives to specialize in: access, retention, development of college students; or policy, finance, and reform in higher education. All students are expected to complete an internship.
Jafeth Sanchez, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
College of Education and Human Development
Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes
The Master’s graduate program in Higher Education Administration aims to generate graduates who are well-versed in content, theories, research methods, and the application of knowledge to practice. The program of study is designed to provide skills, knowledge, and understanding for entry-level leadership positions.
The following are required application components, to be completed and returned to the Graduate School:
- Completed UNR Application for Admission and current application fee must accompany the application.
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. (If coursework was completed at UNR, Admissions and Records would already have your transcripts available for the Graduate School, and you need not send them.)
- In addition to the application form required by the Graduate School, applicants must complete an EL application. This includes:
- Three letters which speak to the applicant’s potential for success both as a graduate student and as an educational administrator. It is recommended that one letter be from an immediate supervisor and at least one be from a university professor. Appropriate variations are acceptable.
- A written sample of academic work; for example, a typed essay of approximately 1,000 words.
- A personal statement describing relevant coursework and professional experience that has prepared the applicant for the program, as well as academic and career goals for during and after the program.
- Although not required, applicants may submit additional information such as a vita that may provide relevant information for assessing professional promise.
- A typed department application must be submitted. This form (available online) lists program requirements and a description of the required personal statement.
- A signed College of Education Dispositions form must be submitted for the application to be considered complete.
Admission Criteria - Full Admission Status
Most applicants to the M.A. program surpass the minimum requirements established by the Graduate School (see the “Graduate School ” chapter in this catalog), concerning specific regulations on graduate standing). Full admission is based on the following criteria:
- academic ability
- research and writing skills
- professional promise
- the collective professional judgment of the EL faculty
Use of these criteria provides both our department and the applicant with an indication of probable success in the program.
Research Requirement (3 units)
Foundations of Education (12 units)
Educational Leadership Electives (12 units)
Choose twelve units from the following:
II. Program Total Hours (30 units)
Most applicants to the M.A. program surpass the minimum requirements established by the Graduate School (see the “Graduate School ” chapter in the catalog).