Higher Education Administration Program (HEA)

Program Description/Overview

The Higher Educational Administration Program, which leads to a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership & Administration Degree, is a 33-credit hour program designed to prepare individuals for entry and mid-level managerial or research positions offered at the community, senior college, and university level. This program is also intended to improve the skills of those individuals who currently serve in administrative positions at such institutions, as well as provides alternatives to those who would like to change their careers to enter the field of higher education administration.

Courses offered through this program provide practical hands-on experiences gained through internships at community colleges, and universities, and aid candidates in gaining the knowledge and skills needed for employment opportunities in this field of study. Our students are actively engaged in educational research that increase their job opportunities in this interesting and exciting field of study.

Motivating, challenging, and engaging topics in our coursework promote lifetime learning. These topics consist of leadership and administration, analyzing policies, ethics, higher education law, evaluation, and more.


Upon completion of the program, candidates will receive an M.A. in Educational Leadership & Administration, which qualifies them for higher education administrative careers that may include the following job opportunities: Academic Advising, Admissions and Enrollment, Adult Programs, Alumnus Associations and Services,  Administration Assessment, Athletics and Coaching, Bursar and Student Accounts,  Development and Fundraising, Distance Education Programs, Financial Aid, Human Resources, International Programs,  Legal Affairs, Multicultural Affairs and Affirmative Action, Registrar, Residence Life and Housing, Program Director, Student Services Director and Curriculum Coordinator.

To apply for admission to this program, candidates should go here and then follow the instructions provided on this homepage in submitting their application online. Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, (except CSU), are required. Questions about the application process should be directed to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at Chicago State University, (773) 995-2404 or grad-admissions@csu.edu

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In addition to meeting the university’s general admission requirements, the applicant must:

  1. Have an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  2. Submit official transcripts from all Colleges/Universities attended (except CSU). A 3.0 GPA (on a 4-point grading scale) is required for full admission to the program, while a 2.75 GPA is needed for conditional admission.
  3. Provide (in the online application system) a written and concise statement of purpose, describing his/her academic and research background, career goals, and reason for applying to this degree program. Please be specific in explaining how the course offerings and faculty expertise of this program fit your educational and career objectives.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation (in the online application system) from persons familiar with his/her educational background and work experience.

Additional Required Documents for International Applicants Only:

  1. A course-by-course transcript evaluation from Education Credentials Evaluators (ECE) or World Educational Services (WES).
  2. Proof of English Proficiency: TOEFL/IELTS Official Score Report or Waiver Application
  3. International Student Packet: - Bank Statement; and Notarized Financial Statement Form and Certificate of Sponsorship.
  • ELCF 5010: Curriculum Development and Learning Theories (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5130: Human Relations and Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5380: Collective Negotiations (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5400: Higher Education Administration Law (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5410: Proposal Development for Government and Private Funding (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5600: Seminar in Finance and Budget for Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5780: Practicum in Higher Education Administration I (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5790: Practicum in Higher Education Administration II (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5920: Organization and Governance in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5930: Higher Education Admin and Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • ED 5960 Fundamentals of Educational Research (3 credit hours)
  • The candidate must successfully complete all required credit hours for the program.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained in the program and is required for degree completion.
  • All coursework for the degree, including transfer credits, must have been completed within the six years allowed for program completion.
  • The candidate must successfully complete required internship experience (24 credit hour prerequisite**)
  • Professional Portfolio (required by the end of the practicum experience, which is completed during ELCF 5790. This portfolio must be uploaded into Live text for grading purposes.

Dr. Olanipekun Laosebikan , Program Facilitator

Department of Advanced Studies in Education

College of Education Building, Room 319
9501 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60628-1598

Phone: (773) 995-2086

E-mail: olaosebi@csu.edu



Fall, Summer, and Spring semester of each year.

  • Yes. Student may transfer 9 credit hours of graduate credit earned at other accredited colleges and universities that were not used towards degree requirements or applied to a degree program at Chicago State University.
  • For an evaluation of transfer credit taken prior to admission at CSU, the student must indicate on the application for admission any transfer credit he/she wishes to have considered.
  • All courses must have been taken within the six-year time limit given for completing the degree program prior to the conferral of the graduate degree. Grades earned must be at least a B or above.


The degree will take a minimum of four (4) semesters, and a maximum of two (2) years. Students are given a six-year time limit within which to complete their degree.

Core coursework consists of a total of 33 credit hours.

  • Yes.  The master’s degree can only be awarded to candidates who have achieved a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better in all required and elective courses applied toward the master’s degree. Students who fall below this standard will be placed on academic probation.
  • A course in which a grade of D of F was obtained can be repeated once to obtain a grade of C or better.
  • Once admitted to a degree program, no more than two grades of C can be earned in any graduate or professional course taken within the curriculum offered in that graduate program, whether or not the courses are part of the student’s program. Where a student has two grades of “I” outstanding on the graduate record, the student will be reviewed for probationary status.


Student Testimonials

Jasmine Aguiar

”Joining Chicago State for my Master’s Program in Educational Leadership (Higher Education Administration Concentration, we had many conversations about purpose. Being a product of Chicago Public Schools there were many missed opportunities to fully ensure High School seniors understood how to be self-sufficient. The High School transition process is so critical in tackling College Jargon for First Generation College students. I was blessed to have a program that allowed me to deep dive in both 2 year and 4 year structures. I had a close knit relationship with my peers and instructors who always pushed me to see the bigger picture. I immediately appreciated internships being imbedded into the graduation requirements which helped me fully understand what institution would be best fit for me. The program allowed space for us to research and practice topics we were passionate about. I truly appreciated my program and thankful for the exposure and knowledge I’m able to bring into my professional career.” - Jasmine Aguiar 

Frank McKnight III

“As a college administrator and working at various universities, I felt it necessary to equip myself with a degree in Higher Education Administration.   I wanted to add to my experience and practice and broaden my horizons in research, theory, and trends in higher education.  The courses proved to be relevant and relatable and dealt with current issues in higher education.  The faculty demonstrated a wealth of knowledge and scholarship in their fields and guided us through the program with precision. The Higher Education Administration program at Chicago State University met my expectations to the fullest.  The courses were in the evening which was a great benefit to those who work during the day.”-  Frank McKnight III


"My graduate school experience with CSU was nothing short of amazing. Despite facing a global pandemic and temporarily becoming a completely online student, I never felt anonymous or disconnected. In fact, the relationships that I built with classmates and faculty members grew stronger because of the family style atmosphere created at CSU. The goal become that “we will ALL get through this”. While in the HEA program my perspective on leadership has been tremendously enriched and my understanding of leadership has reached a level beyond my imagination. Although the rigor of the program was challenging it was achievable, and it gave me confidence that the expense was an investment in my own personal and professional growth. The faculty in the HEA program always go the extra mile to create a phenomenal learning environment for each student with the highest professionalism and the most compassionate personal cultivation and care. The choice of attending CSU has been most divine and meaningful for me.” - Wayne Hughes