Higher Education Administration

For over 25 years, our HEA program has been teaching and learning with hundreds of dynamic university administrators and now, it is available online. The online Higher Education Administration concentration of our EdM in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies develops culturally competent leaders through a specific selection of nine courses that reflect the contemporary higher education landscape and issues currently impacting colleges and universities. Students graduate our program having engaged in theory-to-practice learning that enables them to meaningfully contribute to their current and future roles as administrators involved in areas including student life, financial aid, admissions, career advisement, pre-college advisement, development, and alumni relations.

  • A fully online master’s program designed to help higher education professionals develop into skilled, culturally-competent leaders.
  • Courses explore the perspectives and theories that shape educational world views and institutions of higher learning, from strategic planning and innovation to diversity and social justice.
  • Our faculty members bring decades of professional experience and insight in to the historical, current, legal, and social issues that matter most in higher education.
  • Begin or advance your career in roles that include: Student Life, Admissions & Enrollment, Career Advisement, Alumni Relations, Institutional Research & Planning.
  • Choose from Spring, Summer, or Fall start dates. Applications accepted year-round.
  • Classes are asynchronous with flexible live sessions.


Boston University offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the Tuition & Fees page.

About Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development

The Wheelock College of Education & Human Development is committed to both the preparation of education and the advancement of research and scholarship. Our breadth of graduate programs, scholarly community, and outreach programs reflect this dual commitment. 

At BU Wheelock, we have a commitment to research that improves the practice of education. Everything our faculty learn in their research and scholarship goes back into refining how we train our students. Our research is focused in three key areas: school improvement, applied human development, and language & literacy.

With the guidance and support from our faculty, you’ll become the life-changing teacher you know you can be.


Getting Started

Admissions deadlines are every seven weeks. Detailed program information can be found on the HEA program website. For assistance with your application or to ask questions, please contact  edOL@bu.edu, or by phone at 617-358-3127.