Higher Education Administration
Engage. Practice. Lead.
About the Program
The mission of the University of Cincinnati Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Program is to prepare excellent leaders and policymakers who seek to generate, test, and share new knowledge for the transformation and improvement of both K-12 Education and Higher Education. We seek to embody the principles of Social Justice, Diversity, Inclusivity, Collaboration, and Reflective Practice in authentic and tangible ways in all aspects of our practice and study.
- Pursuing the Master's degree will create the opportunity for you to:
- Learn in a flexible environment that includes on campus and online class offerings
- Gain contextual knowledge and applicable leadership skills in Higher Education Administration for the next step in your career
- Address real world challenges and issues in Higher Education
- Tuition Remission is available for all UC Employees
Delivery and Format
The Higher Education Administration concentration in the Education Studies degree program requires 30 credit hours with courses offered in multiple formats including online, hybrid, or in-person on the Uptown Campus. Courses are offered through the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies program in CECH’s School of Education. Departments of Educational Administration in the College of Education. Part-time students are often able to complete the program in 2 years. Full-time students typically complete the program in one year.
The vast majority of our students move into a career related to higher education within a few months of graduation. Preparation for a career in Higher Education Administration is designed through a combination of coursework, guided experiences, and a master’s project or thesis. Students can tailor a focus of study that best serves their professional aspirations. MA-HEA students, together with their advisor, design a program of study thoughtfully fitted to their individual interests and professional goals.
Examples of career areas include:
- Student Affairs Administration
- General Administration
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Admission & Enrollment Management
- Institutional Advancement
- Community Colleges
- University systems
- Foundations and associations
Kayla Marie Johnson
Prior to joining the faculty as UC, Kayla was a Postdoctoral Researcher at McGill University and an Instructor of Higher Education at Penn State. She has worn many hats in higher education, having worked in study abroad, international student and scholar services, curriculum development, assessment, and advising to name a few. Kayla is actively involved in her scholarly communities and serves in leadership roles for the Association for the Study of Higher Education's Council for International Higher Education and the Comparative and International Education Society's Higher Education SIG. She is also co-founder of Centro Educativo Pallata Ayllu, a non-profit INGO that facilitates access to culturally-grounded and community-driven education for Quechua children and adults in the Peruvian Andes.
Kayla is originally from Gallipolis, Ohio and is excited to be returning to her home state. She is an avid coffee drinker, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and a proud member of Slytherin House.
Everrett A Smith
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, CECH Education
610P Teachers College
Dr. Everrett Smith serves as an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Cincinnati where he teaches courses on higher education governance, policy, and finance. He also leads the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies program and the Higher Education Administration concentration in the Educational Studies master's degree program. With student success at the center of his work, much of Dr. Smith’s research contributes to a new understanding of the factors that influence governance decisions and organizational behavior at public colleges and universities. This work includes exploring trustee, faculty, and student involvement in the shared governance process, and policy, financial, and political decision-making at institutional and state levels. Most recently, Dr. Smith’s research has extended to community colleges with a particular examination of the solicitation, development, and use of private resource allocations for two-year institutions. In addition, his research agenda also considers other government and non-profit organizations. Previously, Dr. Smith served as Director of Assessment for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas and has multiple years of experience in higher education administration including student affairs and enrollment management. He also taught and substitute taught in the Memphis City School system. He was a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Award recipient and completed his doctoral studies in public policy specializing in higher education policy at the University of Arkansas. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, attended Middle Tennessee State University for his bachelor’s degree, and attended the University of Memphis for graduate school. Some of his work can be found in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Journal of Higher Education Theory & Practice, Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education, and the College Student Affairs Journal.
Antar Akari Tichavakunda
Assistant Professor, CECH Education
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.