May 27, 2024  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2023-2024

Higher Education Administration, M.A.

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Contact Information

Academic Program Director: Cynthia Alcantar

Academic Advisor: Michael Cersosimo


The M.A. in Higher Education Administration program prepares socially just leaders in community colleges and public and private four-year colleges and universities and related settings. The program guides candidates in becoming scholarly, reflective, and transformative higher education leaders.  The program recognizes the contributions and nuances of serving in two- and four-year, private and public, and religiously affiliated post-secondary institutions and their role in the U.S. and global society.

Program Outcomes

As a result of this program, candidates will:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical and contemporary role of higher education in the U.S.
  • Describe organizational and governance structures in American higher education
  • Employ critical reflection skills when analyzing data and problem solving
  • Articulate informed viewpoints on current higher education issues
  • Articulate and value the experiences of postsecondary students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented groups
  • Work to support the success of all postsecondary students
  • Demonstrate basic administrative competencies such as planning, budgeting, and assessment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of higher education legal and ethical issues
  • Understand, evaluate, and apply developmental, organizational, and leadership theories to practice

Program Admission Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution

  • Official Transcript from all Colleges/Universities Attended, including all Community/Junior Colleges

    • Applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the United States of America:

      • Official Transcript Evaluation from an approved evaluation agency that details content of coursework completed, degree equivalency, and cumulative GPA

      • Official Transcript is still needed along with the Transcript Evaluation

  • Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or 3.05 in the last 60 Undergraduate Units, a 3.0 in at least 9 Graduate Units, or Completion of a Request for Exception to GPA Requirement

  • Applicants whose citizenship is from a county where English is not the primary language:

    • TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo English Test Minimum Scores (unless a High School Diploma or a Bachelor’s Degree was obtained in the United States)

  • Resume or CV

  • One Letter of Recommendation (and an optional second letter)

  • Statement of Intent

  • Interview with Academic Program Director

Degree Requirements

Additional Requirement

  • Application for Degree

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