Online Master of Arts (MAEd) in Higher and Postsecondary Education Degree Program
Online Master of Arts (MAEd) in Higher and Postsecondary Education Degree Program

Online HPSE (MAEd) Overview

The Online Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) in Higher and Postsecondary Education degree program is designed for individuals who seek administrative and other positions in non-instructional units at higher education and postsecondary institutions. Graduates of this program will have enhanced practical skills, knowledge, and experiences as professionals and leaders in universities, colleges, and postsecondary educational institutions.

A bachelor's degree is required for admission to this program.

This online degree program is designed for those who are in, or who wish to advance to, supervisory positions in the various non-instructional units of universities, colleges, professional schools, technical/vocational schools, and other postsecondary organizations.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpersonal Effectiveness
    • Establish, build, and sustain effective alliances with diverse key stakeholders to successfully address institutional priorities.
    • Communicate effectively within the organizational structure to forward institutional goals.
    • Solicit and incorporate diverse viewpoints in decision making and communications.
  2. Developing and Managing Resources
    • Manage and develop human, fiscal, and physical resources within an environment of competing priorities.
  3. Critical Thinking
    • Analyze complex situations that impact key learning partners and develop strategies to further the organizational mission and vision.
  4. Development and Growth of Programs and Services
    • Plan, implement, and assess programs and services for effectiveness and appropriateness as related to the organization's needs and goals.
  5. Technology Management
    • Apply the prevailing technologies to manage and enhance student programs and services.
  6. Development of Students and Student Services
    • Apply appropriate development theories to support traditional and non-traditional student growth, achievement, and success.

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Education, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described below. Additional requirements may apply.
    • 2.7 for the bachelor's degree, or
    • 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work), or
    • Between 2.0 and 2.7 for the bachelor's degree. Students admitted with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.7 must enroll in W 5096 Academic Writing within the first 15 week semester and pass within the first 38 weeks. Admission between 2.0 and 2.7 must be approved by the program chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student's academic file.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."

An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form.
  • Application fee (Non-refundable, except in Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.).
  • If the basis of admission is an earned bachelor's degree with a 2.7 GPA (on a scale of 4.0), an official transcript from the degree granting institution.
  • If the basis of admission is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 hours of coursework, official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended during the 60 hours of study.

Course List

Core Course Requirements

Students in the MAEd in Higher and Postsecondary Education degree program are required to take 8 core courses (24 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements--Students Are Required to Take the Following


E6018 - Introduction to Higher and Postsecondary Education


E6020 - Student Success from Admission to Graduation


E6022 - Fiscal Realities and Responsibilities


E6024 - Program Planning and Evaluation


E6026 - Issues in Higher and Postsecondary Education Policy and Law


E6502 - Organization and Administration of Student Affairs


E6504 - The Impact of Technology and Its Applications in Student Services


Core Course Requirements--24 Credit Hours


Elective Requirements

Students in the MAEd in Higher and Postsecondary Education degree program choose one elective course (3 credit hours) with the approval of their advisor or complete an internship.

Elective Requirements--Students May Choose One of the Following
  • Elective (3)
Elective Requirements--3 Credit Hours



*E 6508 Internship is not an option for students enrolled in the MAEd in Higher and Postsecondary Education degree program offered through Argosy University Online Programs. These students should consult with their Academic Advisor when selecting an appropriate course to fulfill the elective requirements.

Capstone Requirements

The capstone experience is the culmination of the student’s work throughout the program, incorporating all program outcomes and course objectives through the student’s review of key projects and field experiences completed in the core courses. Students will be required to assemble, organize, analyze, and revise these key projects and deliverables as needed and develop a reflective narrative and oral presentation that provides the context for the body of work and shows the progression in the attainment of competencies. All core courses must be completed prior to the capstone.

Capstone Requirements--Students Are Required to Take the Following


E6506 - Capstone


Capstone Requirements--3 Credit Hours


Online Courses

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