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The Graduate School

Higher Education Administration



The mission of the MS in Higher Education Administration is to prepare students for careers in College and University leadership and management. This includes work in Student Affairs, Academic Support, Development and Alumni Relations, Finance, Housing, and General College & University Administration.

This program is not intended for students seeking careers in K-12 schools or for teaching careers. Students with these goals should consult the other outstanding graduate programs in the College of Education and Human Services.


The Higher Education Administration program requires applicants to choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Collegiate Athletics
  • General Higher Education
  • International Programs
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Student Affairs

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1
Spring Term . . . . . December 1
Summer Term . . . April 15

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Luke Cornelius
Associate Professor
(904) 620-5748
Building 57, Room 3405

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements
    • Resume
    • Letter of intent
      • Describe professional and career goals;
      • Aspiration
    • Three letters of recommendation
      • Address applicants qualifications for success in graduate school
      • Must be on official letter head (if applicable) and have an original signature (electronic signatures are not acceptable)
    • GRE test scores
      • Taken within the last 5 years
      • Competitive scores
      • GRE waiver options (contact the Graduate School if you believe you qualify):
        • Calculated GPA of last 60 credit hours is at least a 3.0
        • Have earned a masters degree