M.A.Ed. On Campus

Higher Education

Virginia Tech

12 months
18942 USD/year
18942 USD/year
9398 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Higher Education program of Virginia Tech is designed to meet the standards for master's level preparation in student affairs of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). 


Our Master's Program in Higher Education 

  • The Higher Education program of Virginia Tech provides entry-level professionals with the essential knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes necessary for a wide variety of student affairs positions in higher education.The Higher Education (HED) preparation program educates entry-level professionals about the essential knowledge, skills/experiences, and disposition necessary for practice in higher education. Graduate students are prepared to work as student development educators and administrators in higher education. Specifically, students may expect employment in residential programs, campus activities, career planning, judicial programs, counseling, admissions, financial aid, student orientation, multicultural services, and related campus programs.

Why Study Higher Education Here?

  • A small cohort experience that ensures individual attention and shared learning, opportunities to specialize in one area, or explore many areas, of student affairs through assistantships, practica, and summer internships, and a solid grounding in program assessment and evaluation. Our students plan both fun and educational activities through the HEA (Higher Education Association). Students are strongly encouraged to collaborate. Our students are actively engaged in the profession. Over 90% held memberships in one or more professional associations, 88% participated in professional development activities, 42% presented one or more conference programs, 39% held leadership positions in professional associations, 24% were writing for publication, and 10% published manuscripts in professional journals.

Career and Professional Development

  • Graduates will be eligible for employment in positions at colleges and universities in residence life, student activities, student success, academic advising, new student orientation, leadership development, multicultural affairs, and career services, among others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Assessment in Higher Education Administration
  • Practicum in Higher Education
  • Student Affairs Profession 
  • Theories of College Student Development
  • The American College Student and the College Environment
  • Staffing Practices in Higher Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An earned GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study is required
  • TOEFL scores are required of all international students whose first language is not English, except those applicants who have graduated from an accredited university where English is the language of instruction. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is also accepted; a 6.5 minimum score is required
  • Include a web printout or scanned copy of your transcripts with your online application
  • GRE is optional for Higher Education 
  • Three letters of recommendation are required
  • Applicants are asked to provide a brief (1-2 pages) personal statement
  • Resume
  • Interview with members of program faculty

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9398 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4699 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Blacksburg

1166 - 1906 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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