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Master of Science 

Higher Education

Program of Study

This 36-credit graduate program covers fundamental leadership strategies and a strong foundation in the historical and social contexts that can impact the achievement of organizational goals. And the flexible curriculum allows you to create a program of study that supports your specific interests.

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Organizational Leadership
  • Introduction to Social Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods in Educational Leadership

Support Discipline Courses

Choose two of the following:

  • Economics of Education 
  • Ethics and Education 
  • Higher Education Finance 
  • Higher Education Law 
  • History of Higher Education 
  • Politics of Higher Education 
  • Sociology of Higher Education 

Two Elective Courses

Select two courses from the support discipline and/or higher education category options (that you haven't taken yet).

Higher Education Courses

Choose four (that you haven't taken yet):

  • Administration of Athletics in Higher Education 
  • Administration of the Community College
  • Administration of Institutions of Higher Education 
  • Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education 
  • Community Colleges 
  • College Student Affairs 
  • College Persistence 
  • Higher Education Finance 
  • Higher Education Law 
  • Leadership for Cradle to Career Education Systems
  • Research Colloquium on Higher Education

Capstone in Educational Administration

See graduate bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Graduate Advisor Gina Guiliano at

The MS in Higher Education degree prepares students for college and university positions in academic affairs, student affairs, athletics, and institutional research.

— Teniell Trolian, Assistant Professor

Student in Downtown Albany
Learn in a Lively Hub of Higher Education

The city of Albany provides an ideal backdrop for post-secondary education studies, applied learning experiences, and higher education policy analysis, as it is the New York State capital, headquarters for the largest higher education system in the country (SUNY), and home to numerous public and private colleges and universities. 

And New York State government is leading higher education policy reform in areas such as sexual harassment, diversity and inclusion, and affordability.  

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  •  Graduates are prepared to enter (a) early to mid-career administrative posts in higher education institutions or education or training units in other organizations or agencies or (b) early career policy analysis posts in education departments, professional associations, or policy research firms or centers.
  • Graduates are prepared to draw from, and critically apply, information from the relevant knowledge and skill base.

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advisement:
Email Graduate Advisement
(518) 442-3529