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MA in Higher Education

Coordinator: Ms. Quantashea Bailey
Office: University Hall, Room 3192
Phone: 973-655-3186


The MA in Higher Education provides graduate students with the knowledge and skills needed to take on leadership positions with higher education organizations, such as:

  • student affairs
  • academic affairs
  • college and university administration.

Montclair State University is currently the only public university in Northern NJ to offer this program, making it the most affordable option in the area for current and aspiring higher education professionals.

What makes this program unique is that it emphasizes leadership and administration across all functional areas of colleges and universities, as opposed to placing sole emphasis on student development and student affairs.  Courses in the program aim to integrate theory, research, policy and practice to provide students with a comprehensive graduate experience.  Our program does not limit a student to a particular field, but allows them to use their electives to investigate a variety of fields within Higher Education Leadership, and then complete a field experience in a specific functional area. Students complete an eight course core requirement that covers organizations, management, leadership, finance, communication, research and evaluation, and then choose from a variety of electives that address their individual interests.

Several assistantships are available for full-time study (individuals must have a minimum 3.0 baccalaureate GPA to be considered for an assistantship).  Several assistantships are available for full-time study.  Courses are offered in convenient formats for busy students, including evening, weekend and hybrid options.

Curriculum Spring 2022 Semester Newsletter

Admission Information

Individuals may apply online through the Prospective Students section of the Graduate School website.  Application requirements include:

  • Official transcript from the college that awarded the bachelor’s degree.
  • Essay (essay prompt available online through admission application).
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • GREs not required.

There is no deadline for applications, as admission is granted on a rolling basis. However, if you would like to be considered for a Fall 2021 Graduate Assistantship, the deadline date is March 1, 2021. The program will accept students from any major or with any degree. No teaching degree or certificate is needed.