The School of Education offers an online MA in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs that caters to current administrators and aspiring practitioners who seek a comprehensive study of the higher education field and the structures that hold it in place.

Next Start Date

September 4, 2024

Application Deadline

August 21, 2024

A late start date is available per term in the spring, summer, and fall. The late fall start date is October 30, 2024, and the application deadline is October 16, 2024.

Please contact an academic advisor for exact dates that are specific to your academic plan.

Application Submission and Review Schedule

Students have six opportunities to begin the online MA in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs program in the Fall, Spring and Summer of each year. The program will run on seven week terms. For specific questions about the academic calendar and application deadline information, please contact an admission advisor at

The Office of Graduate Admission informs applicants of the committee’s decision—denied or accepted—via email within five business days of completed application submission.

Candidates residing in the US can apply up to two weeks prior to their desired start date. International students can apply up to two months prior to their desired start date. We encourage prospective students, however, to submit their application well before the deadline if possible.

Admission Requirements

Candidates are required to hold a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Completed online application
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professional source
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume
  • Official college/university transcripts from all previously attended institutions

GRE and GMAT scores are not required.

Please also become familiar with additional admission requirements as listed on our international students page.

Personal Statement

The personal statement should be approximately 500 words and should explain why an applicant wants to pursue an administrative career in higher education. Applicants should be sure to provide a well-constructed statement free of grammatical and spelling errors.


Send transcripts from all universities you attended, even if you did not graduate. Please include your name and program of interest. If you are admitted, your offer is contingent upon the receipt and verification of all official transcripts.

Applicants who have earned a degree or completed coursework at Pace University will not be required to submit a transcript from the University. They are, however, asked to indicate on the application that they have attended Pace.

Transcripts must be sent to Pace University directly from the academic institution electronically, by mail, or forwarded by the applicant in sealed envelopes from the academic institution.

Academic records issued in a language other than English must be translated and attested to by the institution of origin or by a Pace-approved translation agency accredited through NACES. See the international students page for detailed information.

Transcripts can be sent to:

Pace University
Graduate Admission Office
Graduate Application Processing Center
One Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038

Digital transcripts can be sent to:

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