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March 30, 2016

Program Spotlight: MA in Higher Education

You adore the college environment and hope to have the same impact on students that your residence hall directors and academic advisors have had on you. If you dream of helping college students find their calling, you are the perfect candidate for Geneva College's Master's in Higher Education program.

How long does it take to complete the Higher Education program?

Geneva College offers two tracks for its Higher Education students: the Institute Model and the Accelerated Model. The Institute Model involves 36 months of coursework, including two weeks of intensive courses every summer and winter. In between sessions, students are asked to complete various readings and assignments. Students with unique needs may be allowed to complete the program on an extended timeframe.

The Accelerated Program can be completed in just 20 months, but students must attend weekly classes throughout the entirety of the program. Each course is followed by a week of break. Additionally, longer breaks occur during the holiday season and in the summer. Many Accelerated students are also involved in Geneva's Graduate Assistantship program.

What types of classes do Higher Education students take?

Geneva's Higher Education program provides a thorough overview of the history of higher learning. Additionally, the program explores current trends in academics, administration, and student life in American colleges and abroad, all through a Christian lens. The program's core courses include:

  • Historical Foundations of Higher Education
  • College Student Success
  • College Students in America
  • Foundations of Educational Research

Students are also required to take elective courses, which cover everything from contemporary trends in higher education to residence life. All courses are taught from a Christian perspective, with students encouraged to integrate their personal values and faith into their assignments and their classroom conversations.

Contextualized learning is an essential element of the Higher Education program; in addition to learning valuable theories and philosophies regarding higher education, students gain practical skills through the completion of 600 hours of field experience.

Where do Geneva's Higher Education graduates go on to work?

Geneva's Higher Education program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for success in a variety of roles. Many graduates find work as academic advisors, while others go the student life route and become residence hall directors. Other common careers pursued by Higher Education program graduates include:

  • Admissions director
  • Financial aid director
  • Dean of students
  • Provost
  • Student support coordinator

Career outlook for Higher Education professionals

Not only does higher education administration deliver a great deal of personal satisfaction, it is a promising career field with plenty of opportunity for advancement. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a growth rate of nine percent for this profession between 2014 and 2024, compared to a growth rate of just seven percent across all occupations. In 2014, the median annual salary for a higher education administrator was $88,390 – well over double the median for all workers. This impressive compensation and job security is definitely an attractor for aspiring administrators, but for students enrolled in Geneva's Higher Education program, the true goal is to make a difference in the rapidly-changing world of postsecondary education.

If you're eager to be a positive role model for a new generation of college students, the Master of Arts in Higher Education at Geneva College may be your path to a rewarding career.