Community College & University Leadership (454G)


The ASU Higher Education Program offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Higher Education, with a concentration in Community College and University Leadership. Graduates with this concentration qualify for a wide variety of administrative and leadership positions in areas such as academic administration, financial aid, multicultural student development, institutional research, residence life, media relations, advancement, international education, and career development. The program integrates theory and practice to enable graduates to address the diverse and complex demands of leadership in today's rapidly changing educational environments.




The Community College & University Leadership concentration is offered both on the main ASU campus and off-campus through ASU's distance education program.

  • Students on campus may attend part-time or full-time, attending classes in the evenings. Each class meets one night per week.
  • Students in the distance education program join a part-time, hybrid cohort and take two classes each term (including summers) for two years. Classes meet on weeknight evenings or on weekends at a designated site.

 Current Off-Campus Cohorts

  • Proposed Cohort in Davie County (Fall 2014 - Summer 2016). Applications will be accepted and reviewed until June 1 or the cohort fills, whichever comes first.
  • Cohort in Burke County (Spring 2014 - Fall 2015).
  • Cohort in Davie County (Fall 2012 - Summer 2014)
  • Cohort in Catawba County - (Fall 2012 - Summer 2014)


Concentration Requirements

The M.A. degree in Higher Education requires coursework totaling 36 credit hours. The following courses are required for the concentration in Community College & University Leadership.  (You may also download a Concentration Course Checklist.):



  • HE 5635: Adult Development and Learning Theories
  • HE 5440: College and University Teaching
  • HE 6861: American Higher Education
  • RES 5000: Research Methods



  • HE 5430: Organization and Governance in Higher Education
  • HE 5640: College Access and Student Success
  • HE 5700: Leadership in Higher Education
  • HE 5840: Higher Education Finance
  • HE 5990: Ethical and Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • HE 5650: Curriculum in Higher Education
  • 2 electives

Other requirements for the degree include:

  • An Admission to Candidacy form [PDF] needs to be submitted by the time the student has completed 12 hours of coursework.
  • Written Comprehensive Exam: Student must successfully complete a take-home written comprehensive examination.


Applying to the Program

Applications are accepted for the on-campus program on an on-going basis for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Deadlines are:

  • June 1 (for fall)
  • November 1 (for spring)
  • April 1 (for summer)

To read about criteria for admission, click here.

To start an application, click here.


For More Information

For more information about the Higher Education program, contact Dr. Amy Trawick, Program Director at or 828-262-2137.

For information about ASU's distance education cohorts, contact Bronwen Sheffield at or 800-355-4084.