Higher Education Administration

Engage. Practice. Lead.


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.

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Wednesday, October 13 from 5 pm - 6 pm EST!

  • 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

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

Core Faculty

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Everrett A Smith

Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator


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Antar Akari Tichavakunda

Assistant Professor


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Suzanne Marie White

Instructor - Adjunct Ann