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College of Education - M.A. in Higher Education

M.A. in Higher Education

Burton Sisco, Ed.D.
Program Coordinator/Advisor
(856) 256-4500, ext. 3717
sisco@rowan.edu

The M.A. in Higher Education program has three tracks: Administration, Academic Advising, and Instruction.

M.A. in Higher Education – Administration Track
Program Description
The Administration track is intended to serve individuals employed in a higher education setting who wish to increase their knowledge and skills as well as those who seek an entry level position in a two year or four year college or university. Full-time students in the administration track may complete the program in two years, excluding summers, by following a highly sequenced pattern of course enrollments. Part-time students may also enroll in the administration track and will be advised regarding the sequencing of courses in order to complete the program in four years or less. The administration track is a 36 credit program and includes a culminating seminar/internship sequence (6 credits) in which all students are required to enroll. All students are expected to work closely with the program advisor in determining course selection and the appropriate sequence for course enrollments. All students are also required to complete a major research project (thesis) as part of their culminating sequence of courses.
For more information about admission and course requirements please visit the College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE)


M.A. in Higher Education - Academic Advising Track
Program Description
The Academic Advising track is intended for those individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and skills as well as those who seek an entry level position in a two year or four year college or university, specifically in an academic advising role in higher education, whether in an advising center, an academic department or college, or in a tutoring center or other specialized academic setting. As in the administrative track, full-time students in the academic advising track may complete the program in two years, excluding summers, by following a highly sequenced pattern of course enrollments. Part-time students may also enroll in the academic advising track and will be advised regarding the sequencing of courses in order to complete the program in four years or less. The academic advising track is a 36 credit program and includes a culminating seminar/internship sequence (6 credits) in which all students are required to enroll. All students are expected to work closely with the program advisor in determining course selection and the appropriate sequence for course enrollments. All students are also required to complete a major research project (thesis) as part of their culminating sequence of courses.

Students in the M.A. in Higher Education program (Administrative and Academic Advising Tracks) are required to prepare and keep a portfolio throughout the duration of the program experience. The portfolio serves as a tool to help faculty observe student progress and learning which is assessed through a Synthesis/Reflective Application Exercise conducted usually at the end of the first year of study but prior to enrolling in the Seminar/Internship in Higher Education Administration I capstone course.

In the capstone experience students must complete a research project on a topic approved by the program advisor. Students in the administration and academic advising tracks are required to complete a two-semester 300 clock-hour clinical experience (150 clock hours each semester) within the courses, Seminar/Internship in Higher Education Administration I and II.
For more information about admission and course requirements please visit the College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE)

M.A. in Higher Education - Instructional Track
Program Description
The Instructional track is offered in a limited number of academic specializations: computer science, mathematics, English as a Second Language, and reading. It is also possible to craft programs in biology, chemistry, and physics. Students wishing to pursue programs in computer science, mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics are expected to possess the corresponding baccalaureate degrees as a prerequisite for program admission. The instructional track is designed for individuals who wish to pursue employment opportunities as adjunct instructors or as instructors in developmental education/basic skills programs or in selected science disciplines at 2-year or 4-year colleges. This track is not recommended for individuals who plan to seek full-time tenure track professorial positions in a specific academic discipline.

Specializations
The programs in the instructional track range from 31-37 credits, depending on the academic specializations as follows: Computer Science (37 cr), Mathematics (37 cr), English as a Second Language (34 cr), and Reading (31 cr). Academic specializations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics may vary according to student experience in those areas.

Generally, students will be required to complete 13 credits in higher education courses including course work in adult learning. Also included in this course work is a seminar/internship in higher education instruction. All of the remaining course work is in the academic specialization. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in selected academic specializations and are further required to undertake a major research project on a topic of significant interest within their academic specialization.
For more information about admission and course requirements please visit the College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE)

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