Online MAED in Higher Education Administrative Services


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Why a Master of Arts in Education - Higher Education Administrative Services?

Whether it’s a high school graduate moving on campus for the first time or a working professional returning to pursue a graduate degree, universities play a major role in shaping people’s lives. If you have a passion for university life and want to accelerate your career in higher education, then McKendree’s graduate degree in Higher Education Administrative Services can help you reach your goals.

As an online degree program, the MAED in Higher Education Administrative Services blends convenience and the one-on-one attention you expect from faculty in the classroom. With our flexible eight-week class sessions, you can earn your degree in two years! You’ll delve deep into topics that will prepare you for an advanced career in such areas as university finances, student recruitment, information technology support, human resources, competitive sports, and much more.



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Why McKendree?

The Master of Arts in Education in Higher Education Administrative Services provides a unique online educational opportunity for those individuals working at community colleges, colleges, and universities. McKendree University provides outstanding student support services. Each online student has an advisor that will provide assistance from application through graduation. Tutoring and writing support services are available to all students. McKendree University has been serving Southern Illinois and the St. Louis region since 1828.



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Why an Online Degree?

Online degrees offer you the flexibility and convenience of attending class from anywhere while still benefiting from the same high quality educational experience of McKendree’s on-campus students. Our online coursework is specifically geared toward working adults who have a desire to further their education while balancing all that life demands.



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Flexible Course Format

McKendree’s MAED in Higher Education Administrative Services is delivered entirely online using the course management system Brightspace. All classes are offered in an eight-week format. Students take one course during each eight-week session and finish the program in two years.



Interesting Classes

  • Law in Higher Education: In this class, you’ll not only become familiar with current laws applying to higher education; you’ll also develop the skills to analyze legal issues that occur in the real world of colleges and universities. Coursework will guide you to form your own resolutions to practical issues you’ll often encounter in a professional role.

  • Student Development and Services on the Modern Campus: Learn best practices for students’ growth and satisfaction in areas such as residential life, recreational activities, personal development, service learning opportunities, and religious groups on campus. You’ll gain new insights to increase student retention and reach more non-traditional and minority students.

List of courses required for the MAED in Higher Education Administrative Services.



Career Opportunities

Graduate students will be equipped to enter or advance in the following areas:

  • Admission

  • Financial Aid

  • Finance and Administration

  • Student Affairs

  • Academic Records

  • Human Resources

  • Institutional Research

  • Institutional Advancement





The tuition for the Higher Education Administrative Services degree is $510 per credit hour. All online courses have a $70 per credit hour technology fee. Total cost is $580 per credit hour for the online program.



Photo of Graduation CapApplication Process


McKendree University admits students who present evidence of their potential to complete graduate level work. Applicants are considered on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion. The following documentation is required for consideration of admission:

1. A completed graduate admission application (no fee).

2. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those sent from institution to institution.

4. A minimum 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies.

5. A current resume or vita.

6. Three professional references.

7. Essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by completion of the degree.



Next Step

Contact your student service specialist below and get details on the admission process, unofficial transcript evaluation, and our next start date.


Photo of Heather Haycraft, M.A.Ed.Heather Haycraft, M.A.Ed.

(502) 797-4380 






Student Views

In the higher education industry, an advanced degree is key to recognition and promotion.  Enrolling in this master's program will be a smart investment in your future.  Here is a sample of what current students are saying about the program:

Quotation Graphic"For a long time I had been looking for an online master's program that I could handle while working full-time. This McKendree program really fits the bill for me - it is practical, reasonably priced, and is providing me with new skills to help me advance my career in higher education administration."

Cynthia F.
Springfield, Illinois

"Quotation GraphicMany thanks to you and the other instructors for guiding us through the program these past 14 months. It has been a great experience, and I have learned much through this journey. I am very excited as I look to the future and begin looking for a new career in higher education, this time with a completely different perspective and increased knowledge of the field."

Raetta G.
West Frankfort, Illinois

Quotation Graphic"I truly enjoyed completing the coursework, and I am proud to tell everyone that I will be a graduate of the Higher Education Administrative Services master's degree program at McKendree University. I have also been encouraging some of my coworkers and friends who are looking to complete their master's degree to consider the program. It was such a positive experience for me, and I know that others will also benefit from what it has to offer."

Lisa R.
Ingraham, Illinois



Key Faculty


Photo of Anita LeachAnita Leach, J.D., LL.M.

Ms. Leach is the Executive Director of the St. Louis Federal Executive Board. She developed the Law in Higher Education course and has taught it since October 2014. She previously taught Legal Research and Writing for Non-Lawyers at Southern Illinois University School of Law and has been a member of the Illinois Bar since 1999.

She served as an officer in the Air Force for over 20 years. While on active duty, she acquired extensive leadership experience in small and large organizations, as well as expertise in human resources; law; education and training; public speaking; legislative research and drafting; policy development and implementation; military readiness; and investigative methods.



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