12 months
1187 USD/credit 46293 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 43251 USD/year
468 USD/credit 18252 USD/year
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A university plays a powerful role in shaping the future of society, and we need leaders who are innovative, thoughtful, and socially responsible to help guide students toward success. Our M.S. in Higher Education Administration at The University of Alabama at Birmingham can help propel you upward in student or academic affairs, while preparing you to support learners from all backgrounds.


You see, we believe understanding the needs of diverse student populations—including first-generation students, underrepresented minorities, international students, those facing economic hardships, and more—will help you make a real difference in their education experience. That's why we designed a curriculum to give you specific leadership skills required in this field. In fact, we have two paths you can pursue to get there, depending on your career and academic goals. One of the best parts? Courses for both options are available online.

 If you want to complete a thesis—ideal for those interested in research and eventually pursuing a doctoral degree—you'll complete 39 hours of coursework. That includes six hours of thesis research. Or, maybe you're already working in higher education, or you're ready to jump right into the field. If so, a non-thesis track, which is 36 hours of coursework, might be a better fit. You will complete a practicum course and then submit an experiential project. Whichever way you choose, our goal is to prepare you to make a real impact in higher education.

Fast Facts:

  • The median pay for postsecondary education administrators in 2019 was $95,410 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The M.S. in Higher Education Administration at The University of Alabama at Birmingham serves the purpose of preparing students for innovative and socially responsible leadership roles within higher education. Students will gain knowledge and leadership skills necessary to meet the growing challenges of working with and supporting a culturally diverse student population consisting of first generation students, underrepresented minorities, international students, and/or students who face the hardship of economic challenges.

Programme Structure


  • Administration of Higher Education
  • History of Higher Education
  • Access & Equity in Higher Education
  • College Student Development
  • Strategic Partnerships in Academic & Student Affairs
  • Organization, Leadership & Change

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 SCH




Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission to the M.S. in Higher Education Administration:

  • Completed undergraduate degree (any major)
  • An official copy of all transcripts
  • GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Interview
  • No GRE score is required

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    46293 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    43251 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 12 months.


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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