Community College and University Leadership (454G)

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Accepting Applications for the MA Program on Campus

  • Fall Enrollment: April 1 (priority) / July 1
  • Spring Enrollment: Oct 1 (priority) / Nov 1
  • Summer Enrollment: Apr 1 (priority) /May 1

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 App State Online 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, online cohort and take two classes each term (including summers) for two years. Classes meet on weeknight evenings.

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. Here is a downloadable Concentration Course Checklist (DOCX, 103 KB).


  • 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 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:

  • Fall: April 1 (priority) / July 1 (final)
  • Spring: October (priority) / November 1 (final)
  • Summer: April 1 (priority) / May 1 (final)

*See specific application deadlines for distance education cohorts.

To read about criteria for admission, click here.

To start an application, click here.

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