Whether you’re looking to break into the higher education field or rise in the ranks, a master’s degree from UWM will open doors.

The concentration in Higher Education Administration will prepare you to foster organizational development and change within an increasingly complex and global society, and nurture within others a commitment to lifelong learning.

A major focus of our program is preparing leaders for urban higher education institutions who honor diversity and difference among people, groups and societies.

Why Choose Our Program?

As a student in UWM’s School of Education, you’ll have access to:

  • Internationally known faculty at Wisconsin’s most diverse university
  • Small class sizes that allow you to really get to know your professors and classmates
  • Unbeatable flexibility — classes meet once a week, alternating weeks and online (you can even do the entire program online)
  • Rewarding career opportunities in academic advising, admissions, career services, Greek life, residential life, multicultural student affairs, student involvement and more

About the Program

To make substantial social change, students first must have a clear understanding of how to create inclusive policies, practices and environments. As an equity-focused program, we believe in the following principles:

Theory to Practice: We believe theories and research should inform international, national and community policies and practices in higher education. We believe our graduates should be able to use research and theory to guide their practice.

Leadership Focused: We believe graduates should be prepared to use leadership skills in dynamic ways in order make transformative changes within higher education.

Equity Centered: We believe graduates should have the language, tools, knowledge and skills to create equity-centered higher education environments.

Collaborative Learning: We believe graduates should be able to work across different levels of abilities, world views, diversity and knowledge in multiple work environments. We believe graduates should be critical thinkers in order to solve problems and cultivate solutions to change the landscape of higher education both collectively and individually.

Community Partnership Research: We believe that graduate students should be able to collaboratively work with communities in order to inform their practice. As faculty members, we are committed to producing scholarship that includes and promotes collaborative and participatory engagement.

Program Information

Program Overview and Courses (PDF)

2 in 1: Earn A Master’s Degree & Certificate

At the UW-Milwaukee School of Education Department of Administrative Leadership, you can earn a Master’s degree and a certificate, individually or at the same time. These offerings are perfect for anyone looking to advance their career in higher education, adult and continuing education, and for educators in the healthcare field.

2 in 1: Earn A Master’s Degree & Certificate

2 in 1: Earn A Master’s Degree & Certificate (PDF)

Note: You must complete an application (including the application fee) for both programs.

Online Program Requirements

Online Program Requirements, Overview and FAQ Sheet (PDF)


Apply now — we use a rolling admissions process, and the GRE isn’t required. Learn more about Administrative Leadership application process.

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

Webpage url: hea.uwm.edu

(414) 229-4721

Program Faculty

Dr. Cheryl Baldwin
Assistant Professor

Dr. Carol Colbeck

Dr. Simone C. O. Conceição

Dr. Barbara Daley

Dr. Liliana Mina
Program Coordinator & Clinical Assistant Professor