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Online MAED Degree in Higher Education Administrative Services


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Why a Master of Arts in 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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Photo of Insprational StatueWhy McKendree?

The Master of Arts 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 benefitting 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.



Female Student Using Home LaptopFlexible Course Format

McKendree’s MAED in Higher Education Administrative Services is delivered entirely online using the course management system BlackBoard. 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





2018-19 Academic year: The tuition for the Higher Education Administrative Services degree is $495 per credit hour. All online courses have a $70 per credit hour technology fee. Total cost is $565 per credit hour for the online program.

2019-20 Academic year: 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

To apply for McKendree’s MAED in Higher Education Administrative Services, you must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. We consider applicants on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, or religion.

The following documentation and/or components are required for consideration of admission:

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

2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those that are mailed from institution to institution.

3. A minimum 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies.
4. A current vita or resume.

5. Three professional references.

6. An essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by the completion of the Higher Education Administrative Services program.

7. Applicants may be required to participate in a personal interview to assess readiness for graduate studies.



Graduate Education Student Services

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

Student Services Specialist
(270) 351-5003, ext. 1003
(833) 317-7236 (toll free)





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



Meet the Faculty

Photo of Donald FoutsDonald E. Fouts, Ph.D.

Dr. Fouts is director and senior fellow at the McKendree University Center for Higher Education Management. Throughout his career, he has been active in public and private higher education governance at both the state and national levels. Fouts served previously for twenty years as president of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. He has also served on the boards of Southern Illinois University and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and as the private sector representative to the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

He has taught at Northern Illinois University and Western Illinois University and lectured at DePaul University, Loyola University and the University of Chicago. Most recently he served as professor and director of the Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University.


Photo of Jim Croft J.W. Croft, Ph.D.

Before joining McKendree University, Dr. Croft served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Chicago’s Field Museum, from 1984 to 2015. For several years he served concurrently as the museum’s chief development officer, managing the annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and corporate and foundation giving programs. He was also responsible for a major capital campaign that successfully concluded in 2008. Prior to his work at the Field Museum, he also held positions in social service administration as a community center executive director, finance officer, and chief business officer.

Dr. Croft also serves as the academic director for nonprofit finance in the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University, and is a faculty member of the university’s School of Professional Studies. He teaches as well in the College of Business at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Croft also acts as a management consultant for several nonprofit organizations.

In 2016, he was appointed to the Financial Accounting Standards Board's (FASB) Nonprofit Advisory Committee (NAC). The NAC advises FABS staff on accounting standards that are used by nonprofit organizations in the United States. Dr. Croft is also a board member of several organizations, including The Salvation Army; Great Lakes Advisors, LLC; Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago; and the Illinois Institute of Independent Colleges and Universities.

He received a PhD from the University of Nebraska, where his doctoral work focused on higher education leadership and nonprofit financial management. He also studied business administration and management at the University of Nebraska, Roosevelt University, and National Louis University.


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

Ms. Leach teaches research and writing courses at McKendree University and is also the Assistant Director of the university’s Writing Center. She recently developed a new Law in Higher Education course, which she will teach for the first time in 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.


Photo of Melissa Meeker, Ed.D.Melissa Meeker, Ed.D

Dr. Meeker is the Dean of McKendree Worldwide. She has over twenty years of admissions, enrollment management, and higher education experience. She recently completed her doctorate in eLearning with Northcentral University and her dissertation topic was the retention of online faculty.

Her previous degrees are in education and her passion is working with students.




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