Typical Length 2 years

Delivery Campus-Based

Nationally Accredited

The MEd degree with emphasis in higher education administration is designed for individuals who are interested in mid-level administrative and staff positions in higher education institutions (e.g., admissions, housing, student activities, financial aid, counseling, health services). Prior experience working in higher education is strongly recommended.

Students should apply to be admitted before completing more than 12 credits as an unclassified student. The MEd degree consists of 30 credits with two required courses (Introduction to Higher Education, EDEA 657, and Research in Educational Administration, EDEA 602). In meeting program requirements, students are encouraged to plan an individualized program of coursework and electives with their advisors to help them reach their specific professional goals.

Deadlines to apply:
Fall semester – February 1
Spring semester – September 15

Who should consider this program

For students who seek the M.Ed. degree with an emphasis in higher education, the program is designed for those with interest in mid-level administrative and staff positions in higher education administration (e.g., admissions, housing, student activities, financial aid, placement, counseling, and health services). Experience in working in higher education is desirable.

Common Careers

Positions in mid-level administrative and staff positions in higher education institutions.

Admission Requirements

Must have graduated from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education recognized by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), prior to beginning the MEd, Educational Administration: Educational Administration - Higher Education program.

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

Provide the names of faculty you have previously contacted

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

Your resumé or CV.

Provide Three (3) Academic References

Applicants who are not native English speakers may need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) tests. For more information view the Graduate Division website.

International students that have been admitted are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall February 1 January 15
Spring September 15 September 1

How to Apply
Delivery & Format

A 30 credit program with courses offered in combination as online, hybrid, or in-person on the Mānoa campus. Courses are offered through the Departments of Educational Administration in the College of Education. Students are often able to complete the program in 2 years.


The MEd – Higher Education track is a 30-credit graduate program consisting of the following:

  • EDEA 657 (core requirement): Introduction to Educational Administration (3)
  • EDEA 602 (core requirement): Research in Educational Administration (3)
  • Research (3), one minimum (EDEA 604:  Qualitative Research Methods or EDEA 629:  Educational Statistics)
  • Organizations (3), select one minimum (EDEA 646: College Student Development Theory, EDEA 650: Organizational Leadership in Education, and EDEA 662: Curriculum in Higher Education)
  • Management & Leadership (3), two minimum (EDEA 660: Leadership in Higher Education, EDEA 661: Leadership in Student Affairs, and EDEA 663: Community College Leadership)
  • Policy & Governance (3), one minimum (EDEA 620H: Education Finance or EDEA 630H: Education Law)
  • Seminar (3), one minimum (any EDEA 780 seminar)

Select one of the following options:

  • Plan A (Thesis):  EDEA 700V(6)
  • Plan B (Project):  EDEA 695 (3) +Elective (3)
    • Elective courses should be chosen in consultation with your advisor.
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