About the Program

Graduates of this degree program are well-positioned to hold administrative and leadership roles at academic institutions, specifically colleges and universities. These professionals play a significant role in student retention, success, and mobility. Job titles include but are not limited to:

  • Dean of Admissions
  • Dean of Students
  • Director of Advising
  • Director of Alumni Relations
  • Director of Financial Aid
  • Director of Residential Life
  • Registrar
  • Title IX Officer
  • VP of Enrollment Management
No. Distance learners in the MA in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs program are not required to visit the campus, but are always welcome. Students are also invited to come to campus for graduation.
The MA HEASA faculty are administrators and leaders gathered from senior leadership positions inside and outside of the university, as well as full time faculty from a variety of disciplines, to share their wealth of experience with students. Many of them hold terminal degrees and decades of experience in the field. Learn more about their backgrounds and qualifications on our faculty page.
Yes, MA HEASA students can complete the degree part-time while maintaining a full-time work schedule.

We recommend that working professionals complete the program part-time, taking two courses at a time.

There is no limit to the amount of time students are able to take to complete the degree.

Pace University is committed to providing the same quality experience for all Pace students studying online and onsite. Students have access to services including:

  • Career services
  • Student orientation sessions
  • Pace University Library
  • IT Help Desk


MA HEASA students are required to maintain a minimum average GPA of 3.0.
Though courses are primarily asynchronous, faculty and students may decide to work together synchronously through Brightspace Classes, our online learning platform.

Courses will be offered in an asynchronous online learning modality, allowing you to complete coursework on your schedule. There will be occasional, optional synchronous elements to many of the courses and students will have the opportunity to attend on campus events during their time in the program.

MA HEASA coursework will be hosted on a digital learning management system (LMS) that will host all course materials, communications tools, and co-curricular events and information. Students will take part in an online LMS orientation prior to starting the first course in the program. An admission advisor is also happy to answer specific questions you may have.

Students are always welcome to visit the campus, but must complete all MA HEASA courses online.
Dependent on the amount of credits taken per semester, we recommend MA HEASA students devote at least eight hours to coursework each week.
Students can expect to hear back from faculty within 48 hours, unless otherwise indicated.


Neither the GRE or GMAT are required for admission to the MA HEASA program. See our admission requirements for details and materials.

Yes, if the applicant holds a four-year undergraduate degree or the equivalent.

International applications who hold a three-year degree should carefully review the international students page.

Applicants can expect to receive an admission decision via email within five business days from when a completed application is submitted. A physical copy will also be sent via the US Postal Service. You can also visit the application dashboard to check your application status.
Basic technical requirements for the program include a laptop, video camera, headphones with microphone capabilities, and reliable Internet access. Please see our technical requirements for further details related to processor and storage requirements.
Transfer credits are not generally accepted at the graduate level. They may, however, be considered on a case by case basis. Please speak with your advisor for more information.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Federal loans may be available for graduate students enrolled in the program. To determine your eligibility, please visit the US Department of Education’s Financial Student Aid website. You can also visit the FAFSA website for more information on how to file.

In support of US veterans, Pace University is a proud Yellow Ribbon Program participant. For general information about veteran’s benefits, please email veteranaffairs@pace.edu.

To contact financial aid, please schedule a phone appointment using QLess at www.pace.edu/osa/qless or email your inquiry to open a Help Desk ticket at financialaid@pace.edu.
Questions related to veteran affairs can be directed to Peter Riley at (212) 346-1115 or by email at priley@pace.edu.
Students on a leave of absence pursuant to the Leave of Absence Policy are considered withdrawn from the University for purposes of financial aid. Consequently, loan repayment obligations may be triggered. Students should speak to a representative of the Financial Aid Office for more detailed information about the status of their financial aid during a leave of absence prior to submitting a Leave of Absence Application.

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