University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

School of Education

Administrative Leadership

Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration

  • M.S.
  • Certificate
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Adult Education
  • Student Learning & Development


Ms. Simone Conceicao
PO Box 413
Enderis Hall 617
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Program Statement

The Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration program develops competent, inquiring administrators and educational leaders who are ready to transform students’ lives. These leaders require advanced preparation to meet the broad spectrum of learning needs in today's dynamic and complex society. We value and prize adults as learners and their quest for transformational learning opportunities. Through quality teaching and research in the field, we meet learners' needs, stimulate critical thinking and provide a foundation for lifelong learning. We are committed to the creation and dissemination of new knowledge and social justice.

We share a “student first” attitude that emphasizes the interests and learning needs of our students. With a flexible approach to students’ assignments and course work, we help students connect theory to practice. We are committed to academic excellence and the development of highly competent, confident and successful professionals.

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.

The Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration (ACHEA) program prepares students to advance their administrative leadership skills, improve instructional design of professional development, and succeed in a variety of roles in colleges and universities.

What sets our program apart? Internationally known faculty at Wisconsin’s most diverse university. Small class sizes that allow students to really get to know their professors and classmates. Unbeatable flexibility - classes meet once a week, alternating weeks and online (can complete the entire M.S. program online).

Rewarding career opportunities as adult educators, trainers, human resource directors and administrators in vocational and technical education, university extension, continuing professional education, student advisors, managers of support programs for traditionally underrepresented students, student housing specialists, student programming specialists, business managers, and administrative positions at all levels of postsecondary education.

2 in 1 – Earn a Master’s Degree and a Certificate at the same time. Each certificate is 15 credits and all of these credits can count towards the master’s degree • Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education • Certificate in Support Services for Online Students in Higher Education

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
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
Course Schedule: 
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: