Master of Arts in Leadership – Higher Education Administration

Transform the World of Learning with a Master’s in Higher Education Administration

Institutions of higher education shape the leaders of tomorrow, so they need the innovation and guidance of leaders today. In the Master of Arts in Leadership with a Higher Education Administration emphasis program, students are molded into leaders equipped to ethically meet the challenges of higher education in a global society. 

In the program, students gain a leadership foundation through general leadership courses that sharpen an individual’s skill set in relevant topics such as leading change, organizational culture and project management. With the higher education administration emphasis, students will take courses that focus on topics such as education law, budgeting and the adult learner.

Students have the opportunity to advance their knowledge through quantitative and qualitative research, problem-solving, practical application and mentorships with higher education professionals. Upon completion of the program, students will be equipped to exercise fiscal responsibility, social equity and strategic communication as a higher education leader.

Graduates of the master’s in leadership with an emphasis in higher education administration program will immediately be ready to apply collaboration and diplomacy principles to enhance the effectiveness of an institution. 

Why Choose MACU for a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration?

At Mid-America Christian University, we understand the importance of higher education administrators who take pride in their jobs, so we are dedicated to sending out graduates who are committed to excellence in the field of higher education.

Students in our program cultivate their leadership abilities in a higher education setting through accelerated six-week courses that allow them to sharpen one aspect of leadership at a time. The courses are designed to work around the busy schedule of education professionals, so students need not worry about sacrificing quality in their current jobs.

Students who complete the program will be prepared to ethically innovate in institutions of higher education and lead others in molding the next generation. 

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ECON5223 Managerial Economics in the Globalized Environment
This course applies the principles of economics to rational business operations. The course will focus on managerial economics: demand theory, pricing and elasticity, forecasting and production levels, costs, capital allocation, distribution, and consumption. Students will explore such economic concepts as opportunity costs, the concepts of supply versus demand, profit maximization, and monetary systems. Economic geopolitical events with cause and effect relationships will be highlighted throughout the course.
HEA5313 Higher Education History and Administration
HEA5323 Higher Education Law
The course examines U.S. law and court cases pertaining to higher education institutions including an overview of the legal issues involving college and university personnel. Pertinent state and federal statutes will also be used to explain the legal rights and responsibilities of college and university administrators.
HEA5333 Higher Education Budgeting and Finance
Problems and issues of finance on post-secondary institutions will be addressed. Examines how to develop successful fiscal policy initiatives. A sufficient understanding of the technical material and the political processes involved. The course will also include the impact of budget activities on all areas of administration for higher-education.
MGMT5113 Organizational Behavior
This course introduces the theories of behavior in human management. A critical analysis is performed on the contributions to the organizational behavior discipline and its research as applied to the business environment. The student will apply the theories of its research as applied to the business environment. The student will apply the theories of culture development, time management, job design, change, motivation, leadership development, communication, small group dynamics, and negotiation in the business setting.
MGMT5233 Marketing Analysis and Strategy
This course examines the marketing functions and strategies related to the product, place, price and promotion of goods or services provided by the organization. The student will become familiar with the elements of a marketing plan and will be capable of analyzing complex situations leading to feasible solutions.
MGMT5353 Communication in Professional Organizations
This course is designed to groom the aspiring business professional leader to deliver professional, concise, powerful, and audience appropriate communication by utilizing the most acceptable tools, modes and media available. This will also sensitize the professional to appropriate communication etiquette and protocols to help ensure the credibility and effectiveness of the intended message.
MGMT5413 Legal Environment
This course examines the impact of laws and the legal system on the business environment and managerial decision making. Major topics include: contracts, commercial transactions, agency relationships, organization choices, federal-state-local governance with special emphasis on EEOC and ADA issues, property law, and hiring practices. Special emphasis will be placed on recent court cases impacting the business arena.
ML5111 Program Orientation
This course serves as an orientation to the Master of Leadership and Master of Leadership Public Administration degree programs explaining the program elements of mentorship, research, scholarly writing, collaboration and the Christian worldview including social equity.
ML5123 Organizational Culture and Behavior
This course examines organizational culture in terms of its history, setting, characteristics, components, and different types of interventions. Students will consider the perspectives of sociology and other social sciences as they explore personal and organizational values, communication and social networks, community trends, and forecasting for the future. Every leader who has served more than one organization is well aware of the likelihood of differences, but is often inadequately trained to diagnose and create workable solutions to the problems facing the particular group they are leading.
ML5133 Introduction to Quantitative Method of Administrative Data
Introduction to the basis and use of quantitative methods in government adsministration. Subjects include systematic research in public administration, measurement theory, bivariate analysis, and hypothesis testing and statistical inference.
ML5143 Leadership Theory and Practice
This course explores the history and development of leadership theory as well as the role of leadership in the students’ current organizational settings. Although leadership and management are not the same, they are often confused. The unique features of each are studied along with practical application of case studies of current leaders as well as from history. Managers develop subordinates, leaders develop followers, and the most highly successful leaders develop leaders. Students will evaluate their own leadership style using the Leadership Practices Inventory developed by Kouzes and Posner. Students will gain hands-on experience by analyzing their performance in a current or new leadership role.
ML5163 Training and Development
This course addresses the core aspects of instructional systems design as applied to workforce learning and performance. Learners apply key principles involved in assessing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating employee development and performance improvement programs. Learners gain hands-on experience by creating an active training event.
ML5243 Leading Change
Leaders often attempt changes that they believe are critical to the survival of the organization only to find those changes are resisted by the very people the leader is attempting to help. People's response to change depends on the degreeto which they understand the need for change, are involved in teh change process, and understand the implications the change has for their roles. This class explores the processes necessary to identify the need for change using appropriate models, plan the process of change, obtain authorization for the change and motivate the appropriate stakeholders to ensure success.
ML5263 The Adult Learner
Learners explore the basic theories and current research in adult education. This class draws from both adult development and adult education to explore the stages of human development, issues concerning adult learning ability, how and why adults learn, and how to make sure that learning has taken place.
ML5313 Project Management
This course presents the technical, managerial and organizational concepts and tactics associated with managing projects. Topics include the skills, tools, and techniques for projecting activities to achieve project requirements while using processes of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Studens will be required to evaluate a recent change process in which they participated, created a project managment structure for a needed change project, and to initiate the change process in their own setting using project management models.
ML5333 Research Methods
This course is designed to acquaint students with research methods including qualitative and quantitative procedures, sampling procedures, and survey design as well as how to design a study, ethical issues, data collection, and presentation of data.
ML6023 Integrative Leadership Project
This course serves as a capstone for the MA Leadership program. Students will complete an application project related to their emphasis and field of interest.
ML6112 Case Study Presentation
Students will present their case study. The written report of the case study will conform to APA standards. The project will include analysis of the data collected. Students will also present their findings orally from an outline.

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