Higher Education Administration

Masters in Educational Leadership (M.Ed)
Higher Education Concentration

Why an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Higher Education?

The curriculum offers students an opportunity to prepare for leadership positions in a variety of postsecondary institutions.  The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook has projected postsecondary education administrative positions at a 10% growth rate.  This is higher than all occupations and other management positions.  See following link https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/postsecondary-education-administrators.htm

Candidates experience a high level of student-faculty engagement opportunities

Candidates complete a Practicum in the administrative area that best aligns with their long term professional goals.

Candidates learn how to conduct research, develop professional position papers, engage in the administrative and legal analysis including preparation of legal briefs, and engage in written and oral development activities demonstrating the ability to make ethical and qualified administrative decisions.

Curriculum/Schedule of Program Completion:

The program is 36 graduate hours, 21 hours of Foundation/Core courses and 15 credit hours in Higher Administration (HEAD) courses.  Candidates may complete the program in a little as 17 months, with summer and extra session enrollment.  Most candidates complete the program over a four-semester period.  Students without previous education courses may be required to schedule up to two prerequisite courses.

Admission Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, and,
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 on the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework attempted, and,
  • A GRE score of 300.
  • If the student has not earned a 300 on the GRE, the following may be used for admission purposes:  a score of 335 using the GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours times 20, plus the GRE General Test score.

Financial Assistance/Practical Experience:
The University offers approximately 90-100 Graduate Assistantships. Early applying candidates will have the opportunity to secure an assistantship.

Assistantships provide a tuition waiver and actual work experience (20 hours per week in administrative positions at all levels of the college and university).   Graduate Assistants receive a monthly stipend.   Candidates are responsible for payment of fees.

Quick Processing of Admissions Applications:
The University will quickly process applications for admission.  Candidates must apply online at     https://www.nicholls.edu/admission/apply/   A copy of your transcript must be sent to the University.  Nicholls graduates do not need to provide a copy of their transcript.  Candidates must send a copy of their GRE scores to the university.  Candidates may sign-up to take the GRE at www.ETS.org  Test sites are in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  Please make sure to list Nicholls State University to receive your test scores.

Higher Education Administration Curriculum Sheet (PDF)


Questions or Need for Additional Information:
Contact any of the following faculty advisors or administrative assistant:

Dr. Eugene Dial Photo by Doug Keese/Nicholls State 10/27/06
Dr. Eugene Dial
Executive Director
Higher Education Concentration
Associate Professor
130 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4021
E-mail: eugene.dial@nicholls.edu


Dr. Leah Peterson
Assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator
242 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4320
Email: leah.peterson@nicholls.edu


College of Education faculty
Dr. Gregg Stall
Associate Professor
243 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4340
Email: gregg.stall@nicholls.edu


Mrs. Wanda Porche
Administrative Assistant
223 Polk Hall
985-448-4327 or 448-4331



Application Information

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