M.A. in Higher Education (HBCU concentration)

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Lincoln University's Master of Arts in Higher Education (HBCU concentration) is a 100% online degree designed to provide students with applicable knowledge and an understanding of the structure, governance and operations of higher education, especially that of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Students will learn methods to increase their skills for serving in mid- to senior-level management roles.

Our curriculum was created in consultation with higher education leaders who have served in leadership roles in HBCUs and various other institution types and higher education-oriented organizations.

This 36-credit-hour, 100% online program is designed to be completed within 15 months or less. 


The mission of the Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHED) program is to provide innovative educational opportunities and unique experiences that enable individuals to advance intellectually, thrive academically and become successful in their chosen occupations. Specifically, the program leads to a degree with an emphasis on a practical concentration in Student Affairs Administration. 

With an emphasis on HBCUs, graduate students completing the Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHED) degree program will be education leaders who:
  • Understand the history of higher education and organizational behavior.
  • Value the legal and ethical responsibilities of higher education professionals.
  • Use assessment data to strategically plan, evaluate programs, and make policy decisions.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, especially in situations requiring negotiation and conflict resolution.
  • Understand the importance and impact of technology and social media in higher education. Advocate for the inclusion of policies and practices that represent the diversity and differences of students, faculty, and staff at institutions of higher education.
  • Advance institutional goals through research, grant writing, philanthropy, fund-raising activities, and sound fiscal management.
  • Overall, demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for the effective management and administration of higher education programs and services by offering innovative solutions to contemporary social, political, and economic challenges facing education institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the United States.
  • Meet admission requirements of Lincoln University’s Graduate Studies Programs.
  • Submit official transcripts of all institutions attended and have an overall undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher. Admission is open to all undergraduate majors.
  • Applicants who have not previously passed a Certification or Licensing exam in related fields may be required to submit scores GRE. Please consult program advisors for specific exam requirements.
  • Three letters of reference outlining the applicant’s ability to complete a rigorous graduate studies program and their leadership/administrative potential should be included with the application.
  • Applicants must submit a Statement of Purpose (or some other appropriately original alternative). In addition to the information requested on the form, applicants should also identify and briefly discuss any higher education research project they may want to pursue during their graduate studies.
  • Each applicant will be required to sign an affidavit that they will adhere to the rotation schedule for the program as is available on their GAP form (developed with the program advisor).
  • Maintain satisfactory progress toward degree completion through continuous enrollment. Graduate students who opt not to enroll for one or more semesters must complete a Lincoln University request for Graduate Readmission form.  Graduate students who are not continuously enrolled as full-time students and/or are not making satisfactory progress toward degree completion will lose their graduate assistantship, if awarded.  Students enrolled part-time are not eligible for graduate assistantships.
  • Maintain good standing by earning a 3.0 cumulative GPA, with no more than one “C” in any course. Students who earn a grade of “C” or less in any course have one opportunity to repeat that course and raise the grade.
  • Successfully complete 36 credit hours of coursework in good standing (3.000 GPA).
  • Earn a passing score on the exit portfolio evaluated by three members of the Graduate Education Committee.
  • Earn a passing score on a Culminating Research Project relevant to one of the areas of course content. The topic and format of this Project will be developed in coordination with the program advisor and will be evaluated by three members of the Graduate Faculty who have experience and/or teaching knowledge of the selected field.