Master of Arts in Higher Education

John Brown University's Master of Arts in Higher Education is a graduate program focused on the many facets of American colleges and universities, the history and purpose of higher education in society, current trends and dynamics in higher education, and the role of educational leaders within these institutions. This degree is ideal for those seeking to become upwardly mobile in the field of higher education. 

The M.A. in Higher Education degree will also prepare you for a variety of higher education careers, including residence life, student development, admissions, financial aid, career development services, intercollegiate athletics, ministry programs, student leadership, student support services and other areas of college administration.

Course requirements for the Master of Arts degree in Higher Education are listed below.

Higher Education Core Requirements (21 hours)

  • HED 7113   History and Philosophy of American Higher Education
  • HED 7213  Understanding and Applying Research in Higher Education
  • HED 7663  The College Student: Issues, Policies and Programs
  • HED 7993  Administrative Leadership in Higher Education
  • HED 8003  Planning and Financial Management of Colleges and Universities
  • HED 8033  Christian Foundations in Higher Education
  • HED 8443  Law and Higher Education

Leadership Requirement (3 hours)

  • BUS 7033  Organizational Management and Leadership

Cognate (3 hours)

 Select one of the following:

  • CNL 7313  Career Development Information and Vocational Education
  • HED 8263  Higher Education Practicum
  • HED 8903  Selected Topics
  • BUS 7443  Leading Organizational Transformation
  • Other course as approved by program director

Higher Education Capstone (3 hours)

  • HED 8913  Higher Education Project 

Minimum semester hours for MA in Higher Education-  30

HED Course Descriptions




HED courses are offered online. BUS and CNL courses are offered online or at one of the JBU educational centers in Rogers, Fort Smith or Little Rock.



Planning to pursue an Ed.D. in higher education? John Brown University M.A. In Higher Education graduates may receive a scholarship and waive up to two courses in the doctoral program at Bethel University.

JBU/Bethel University Partnership




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