Students admitted prior to fall 2014 will have the option of completing 33 credits under the old curriculum or they may choose to complete their courses according to the curriculum requirements below.

Students admitted after fall 2014 must complete the new requirements for a total of 36 credits to attain the degree.

There are 21 required credits and 15 elective credits. Students without at least one year of administrative work experience in higher education are required to complete an additional three-credit internship for a total of 39 credits.

Students have two options for completing the 15 electives for the degree:

  • Complete a general set of higher education administration and MPA courses


  • Chose to specialize in institutional research and assessment

The specialization is for students looking for a solid grounding in research methods, statistics, learning assessment, and program evaluation. It is designed for those employed or seeking employment in the growing field of university research and assessment as well as for those looking to be intelligent users of research reports in colleges and universities. Students must complete PAF 9170 in the required core if they opt for the specialization. The specialization requires two additional courses—PAF 9172 and PAF 9325—and the choice of three analytical courses.

Core Curriculum (21 credits total; all are 3 credits courses)

  • PAF 9120 Public and Nonprofit Management I
  • PAF 9308 Administrative Services in Colleges and Universities (prerequisite: PAF 9330)
  • PAF 9317 Seminar on Research for the Educational Administrator or PAF 9170 Research and Analysis I (select PAF 9170 if pursuing the institutional research and assessment specialization)
  • PAF 9330 Introduction to U.S. Higher Education: History, Structure, and Policy
  • PAF 9336 Student Services
  • PAF 9339 The Financing of Higher Education
  • PAF 9390 Capstone Seminar for Educational Administration (prerequisites: PAF 9120, PAF 9308, PAF 9317 or PAF 9170, PAF 9330 and PAF 9336 or by permission)

General Elective Track (15 credits total; all are 3 credit courses)

  • PAF 9318 Educational Policy
  • PAF 9325 Institutional Research
  • PAF 9332 Information Systems in Higher Education
  • PAF 9334 Collective Bargaining in Higher Education
  • PAF 9335 The Community College
  • PAF 9337 Issues in Urban Higher Education
  • PAF 9338 Higher Education, Politics, and Public Policy
  • PAF 9399 Selected Topics in Educational Administration

Students are also eligible to complete elective courses in the MPA program. Contact for more information.

Specialization in Institutional Research and Assessment (15 credits total; all are 3 credit courses; requires PAF 9170 from the core and PAF 9172 and PAF 9325 )

  • PAF 9130 Economic Analysis and Public Policy
  • PAF 9140 Budgeting and Financial Analysis
  • PAF 9172 Research and Analysis II
  • PAF 9174 Program Evaluation (prerequisites: PAF 9170 and PAF 9172)
  • PAF 9177 Advanced Analytical Methods (prerequisites: PAF 9170 and PAF 9172)
  • PAF 9180 Policy Analysis
  • PAF 9318 Educational Policy
  • PAF 9325 Institutional Research
  • PAF 9332 Information Systems in Higher Education


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