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Master of Arts

Educational Administration with a
Higher Education concentration

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The NMSU Master of Arts in Educational Administration with a Higher Education concentration prepares educational leaders to meet the needs of the traditional and non-traditional university and college students.

Today's students are diverse and need leaders who can prepare them to succeed in today's workforce. Our courses are taught by professors who have experience in higher education administration. The program will enable you to attend classes online to accommodate your busy schedule; develop your leadership skills in a learning community; inform you about current trends and policies affecting higher education; and, prepare you for a career or advancement in community college or university administration.

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Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment refers to taking coursework for two or more programs in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA) simultaneously. Enrollment in one ELA program is academically challenging, thus students accepted into the Master of Arts (Pre-K-12 or Higher Education), Ed.D., or Ph.D. program are not allowed to take courses in another program concurrently.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Admission to NMSU Graduate School and Division of ELA

Program Delivery

  • All classes are online.
  • Mandatory participation in orientation (in person in Las Cruces or through admission to NMSU’s Adobe Connect system) before start of course work in January

Required Credit Hours

  • This program is 33 credits.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NMSU helps to keep your tuition costs affordable. But if you need financial help, NMSU is ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education to earn your Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management bachelor’s degree.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU Online students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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What our students are saying...

"This is an excellent program that inspires future teachers to provide quality education by promoting equality, respect for individuality and inclusion." –Esperanza Pizarro, NMSU Online Student

About NMSU's College of Education's School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership (TPAL)

TPAL is devoted to the preparation of master educators, administrators, and leaders for public, private, and governmental institutions. Graduates are prepared to serve as teachers, directors of instruction and curriculum, subject matter specialists, supervisors of student teaching, educational leaders, and university professors. There are three Divisions in the School of TPAL – the Division of Educational Foundations and STEM; the Division of Educational Leadership and Administration; and the Division of Educator Preparation.

Degree type: Master of Arts in Higher Education 

College: College of Health, Education and Social Transformation

Department: Educational Leadership and Administration

Delivery formats: 100% online

Program Road Map: Review Course Offerings

Cost per credit hour:

  • Graduate online: $444.40*†
  • Active Military online: $250*†

Accredited by: The program adheres to the standards and guidelines defined by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), and the New Mexico State Department of Education.

*For NMSU Online programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Online programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.

†For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.

Quick Fact

The College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation was established in 2021 to serve students, faculty, and staff whose efforts are aimed at improving individual, societal, and policy outcomes. The college was formed by combining the previous College of Education and College of Health and Social Services, as well as the Department of Sociology from the College of Arts & Sciences.

What can you do with an MA in Educational Administration with a concentration in Higher Education?

The Master plus Licensure with Concentration in Early Childhood Education program prepares candidates to teach Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade in public school settings using culturally responsive pedagogy and developmentally appropriate practices.

Early childhood education is a growing field. The state and federal governments have recently committed to new investments in early childhood education with the development of New Mexico’s Early Childhood Care and Education Department and Pre-K now being offered in public schools across the state.

Obtaining a master’s degree will deepen your understanding of child development, curriculum design, and early childhood pedagogy.  Not only can you teach in a public-school setting, but this degree prepares you for careers such as:

  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Early Childhood Center Director
  • Consultant for Early Childhood Organizations
  • Teacher Educator at the Associate’s Level

Interested in advanced study?

Graduates with a master’s in early childhood education can choose to pursue advanced study. Graduates can continue at NMSU to earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Curriculum and Instruction to prepare for a career in higher education and research. Graduates might also pursue a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Education Administration.


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