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General Administration Concentration

“Bay Pay’s MHE program in General Administration is preparing me for success by exposing me to educational theories, engaging me in discussions with incredible peers and professors who give supportive yet constructive feedback.” - Aliza R. Micelotta, G'19


The General Administration Concentration in the MS in Higher Education Administration is a 12 course (36 credit) program. The concentration in General Administration is designed for students seeking a broad exposure to issues in higher education management, governance and leadership. Graduates may pursue careers in various functional areas within colleges and universities, as well as in educational associations, government agencies and other nonprofit and for-profit organizations serving the higher education sector.


Core Courses (8 courses): MHE 500, MHE 505, MHE 610, MHE 620, MHE 630, MHE 640, MHE 650, MHE 670

Electives (choose 4 courses): Students can select from a wide number of approved graduate electives, and can check with their advisor for help selecting electives from the Higher Education Administration, Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy, Communications & Information Management, or MBA programs that interest them.

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
MHE500 Introduction to Higher Education Administration 3

This course provides a basic introduction to the administration of colleges and universities in modern-day America, including the role and purpose of various functions and departments and major organizational participants (e.g., faculty, students, administration/staff, board). Current topics affecting University and university operation are reviewed and the impact of state and federal policy on institutions is explored.

MHE505 Organization and Governance of Higher Education 3

This course provides an overview of the organizational characteristics and processes of colleges and universities with an emphasis upon the governance structure, i.e., the process for making major policy decisions. Additionally, students will be introduced to the sources of power and influence typically found in academic organizations, along with the primary issues related to organization and governance of higher education.

MHE610 Higher Education Curriculum Development 3

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of curricula found in higher education. The course will briefly examine the historical and philosophical foundations from which current curricular models developed. Also included will be coverage of current practices in curriculum development in colleges and universities. Specific attention will be given to the role and impact of assessment and accreditation as related to curriculum development.

MHE620 The Contemporary College Student 3

This course provides an overview of the diverse groups (traditional and otherwise) who currently comprise the student population of colleges and universities, campus environments and their varied impact on student learning and identity formation, and the various cultural contexts which shape and influence student life and identity. Specific attention will be given to the implications for various areas of administrative practice within colleges and universities, (e.g. student affairs, development and alumni relations, enrollment management, academic affairs, and marketing).

MHE630 Law and Ethics in Higher Education 3

This course is designed to assist students in becoming knowledgeable about the fundamentals of American law that directly and indirectly impinge on the teaching, learning, and administrative environments of higher education institutions in the both the public as well as the private sectors. There are diverse sources of law that impact American higher education in numerous ways and this course is designed to enhance student understanding and appreciation for this complexity as well as for the ethical issues which surround the application of law in the university or University setting.

MHE640 History and Economics of Higher Education 3

This course is designed to provide a conceptual overview of the history of higher education and the forces which shaped it. Specific attention will be given to the broader political, social, cultural, and economic context within which higher education was established and continues to develop today.

MHE650 Leading Change Through Research in Higher Education 3

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to lead meaningful change through creating an original research project in higher education. During the course, each student will design a significant project (applied independent research) pertaining to a higher education management issue or problem. This course focuses on specific methodologies and frameworks for analysis to use in preparation of the research required for their individual capstone project. The course focuses on creating working drafts of the first four chapters of the research project (Introduction, Literature Review, Theoretical Frameworks and Methodology).

MHE 650 and MHE 670 have been designed as complementary “sister” courses to be taken as a sequence. Assignments in the MHE 650 course allow students to hone and refresh research strategies and skills to guide them through the initial phases of the capstone paper that will be completed in MHE 670.

In combination, the two courses work to provide students with the following three goals:
1. A deeper understanding of some of the challenges facing higher education;
2. A strong command of the analytical tools students have learned during the MHE program, which they can selectively utilize to effectively address those challenges; and
3. An appreciation of his or her own potential to be a change agent.

These goals will be achieved through a blend of readings, reflections and assignments, which in combination will “cap off” students’ learning in their respective graduate programs.

MHE670 Capstone: Advanced Management Seminar 3

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply and demonstrate their mastery of new skills and knowledge. Each student will complete and publicly present the results of a significant project (applied or independent research) pertaining to a higher education management issue or problem. Students will begin their project design while enrolled in MHE 650. Students will also complete a learning outcomes portfolio.