California State University, Fresno

Kremen School of Education and Human Development

Educational Leadership

Higher Education Administration and Leadership

  • M.A.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership


+ 5592780309
Dr. Varaxy Yi
5005 N. Maple Avenue M/S 303
Fresno, CA 93740

Program Statement

The Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) program is a distinct graduate degree program for students pursuing a Masters of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership degree in the Department of Educational Leadership. The HEAL program attracts individuals interested in careers in higher education as well as other educational settings and agencies. During the course of a 30-semester unit program of study, HEAL students delve into curricula that examines policies, practices, theories, and current issues related to the postsecondary education pipeline. Students acquire valuable analytical and research skills while developing their leadership skills. The HEAL curriculum, paired with co-curricular experiences and faculty support, offer students the essential knowledge and philosophy required for exemplary practice and leadership in institutions of higher education and other educational settings. 

Graduate in two years and join a community of scholar-practitioners as you advance your career in higher education and student affairs.  

Program Highlights

2-year, full-time, face to face program
Cohort model
Tuesday, Wednesday evening classes
Social justice-oriented program

HEAL prepares emerging leaders for professional roles in academic affairs and student affairs in community college, four-year colleges and universities, and other educational settings. Graduates may work in various functional areas in higher education and student affairs, including, but not limited to, orientation, residence life, multicultural affairs, financial aid, registrar’s offices, academic advising, development, career services, and other student, staff, and faculty support services.  

Our recent graduates hold the below titles:

Director of Student Equity and Success
Coordinator for Associated Student Programing
College Programs Coordinator
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Academic Advisor

Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Meets CAS Standards: 

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Total Program Credit Hours: 
Average Time to Degree: 
2 years

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Course Schedule: 
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: