Higher Education Administration

The Higher Education Administration Program (HEA) leads to a Master’s of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration Degree.

Program Purpose

This 33-credit hour program is designed to prepare candidates for entry and mid-level managerial or research positions offered at community, senior college, and university level, in addition to improving the skills of individuals who currently serve in administrative positions at such institutions, as well as providing alternatives to those who would like to change their careers to enter the field of higher education administration


MA in Educational Leadership and Administration – Higher Education Administration Program (HEA)

To apply for admission to this program, candidates should contact: the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at Chicago State University, (773) 995-2404 or visit graduate school   and then follow the instructions provided on this homepage in submitting their application online. Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended (except CSU) are required.

In addition to meeting the university’s general admission requirements, the applicant must:

  1. Have an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  2. Submit official transcripts from all Colleges/Universities attended (except CSU). A 3.0 GPA (on a 4-point grading scale) is required for full admission to the program, while a 2.75 GPA is needed for conditional admission.
  3. Provide (in the online application system) a written and concise statement of purpose, describing his/her academic and research background, career goals, and reason for applying to this degree program. Please be specific in explaining how the course offerings and faculty expertise of this program fit your educational and career objectives; and
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation (in the online application system) from persons familiar with his/her educational background and work experience.

Additional Required Documents for International Applicants Only:

  1. A course-by-course transcript evaluation from Education Credentials Evaluators (ECE) or World Educational Services (WES).
  2. Proof of English Proficiency: TOEFL/IELTS Official Score Report or Waiver Application
  3. International Student Packet: - Bank Statement; and Notarized Financial Statement Form and Certificate of Sponsorship.
  • ELCF 5010: Curriculum Development and Learning Theories (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5130: Human Relations and Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5380: Collective Negotiations (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5400: Higher Education Administration Law (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5410: Proposal Development for Government and Private Funding (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5600: Seminar in Finance and Budget for Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5780: Practicum in Higher Education Administration I (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5790: Practicum in Higher Education Administration II (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5920: Organization and Governance in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • ELCF 5930: Higher Education Admin and Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • The candidate must successfully complete all required credit hours for the program.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained in the program and is required for degree completion.
  • All coursework for the degree, including transfer credits, must have been completed within the six years allowed for program completion.
  • The candidate must successfully complete required internship experience (24 credit hour prerequisite)***
  • Professional Portfolio (required by the end of the practicum experience, which is completed during ELCF 5790). This portfolio must be uploaded into Livetext for grading purposes.

Dr. Olanipekun Laosebikan , Program Facilitator

Department of Advanced Studies in Education

College of Education Building, Room 319

Telephone: (773) 995-2086

E-mail: olaosebi@csu.edu



Fall, Summer, and Spring semester of each year.

Yes. Student may transfer 9 credit hours of graduate credit earned at other accredited colleges and universities that were not used towards degree requirements or applied to a degree program at Chicago State University.

For an evaluation of transfer credit taken prior to admission at CSU, the student must indicate on the application for admission any transfer credit he/she wishes to have considered.

All courses must have been taken within the six-year time limit given for completing the degree program prior to the conferral of the graduate degree. Grades earned must be at least a B or above.


The degree will take a minimum of four (4) semesters, and a maximum of two (2) years. Students are given a six-year time limit within which to complete their degree.

Core coursework consists of a total of 33 credit hours.

Yes.  The master’s degree can only be awarded to candidates who have achieved a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better in all required and elective courses applied toward the master’s degree. Students who fall below this standard will be placed on academic probation.

A course in which a grade of D of F was obtained can be repeated once to obtain a grade of C or better.

Once admitted to a degree program, no more than two grades of C can be earned in any graduate or professional course taken within the curriculum offered in that graduate program, whether or not the courses are part of the student’s program. Where a student has two grades of “I” outstanding on the graduate record, the student will be reviewed for probationary status.