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The Southern region of the United States is home to many student affairs and higher education administration graduate preparation programs. Learn more about programs based in the SACSA region by clicking a state below.


Alabama

Auburn University

Program Name: Administration of Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: Auburn, Alabama
Program Coordinator: David DiRamio, PhD

Program Name: Administration of Higher Education
Degree: PHD
Location: Auburn, Alabama
Program Coordinator: Laura Parson, PhD

UNIVERSITY of Alabama

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MA
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Program Coordinator: Karrie Holley, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: PHD
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Program Coordinator: N/A

Program Name: Educational Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Program Coordinator: N/A

 Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: EDD
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Program Coordinator: N/A

UNIVERSITY OF South ALABAMA

Program Name: Educational Administration
Degree: MED
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Program Coordinator: Peggy Delmas, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Program Coordinator: John A. Freeman, PhD


Arkansas

Arkansas tech UNIVERSITY

Program Name: College Student Personnel
Degree: MS
Location: Russellville, Arkansas
Program Coordinator: Christopher Giroir, PhD

Program Name: Doctor of Education
Degree: EDD
Location: Russellville, Arkansas
Program Coordinator: Christopher Giroir, PhD

UNIVERSITY of Arkansas

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Program Coordinator: Leslie Jo Shelton, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: EDD
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Program Coordinator: Michael Hevel, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS at Little Rock

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: MA
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Program Coordinator: John Kuykendall, PhD

Program Name: HIGHER EDUCATION
Degree: Ed.D.
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Program Coordinator: Thomas Gregory Barrett, Ph.D.

UNIVERSITY OF Central ARKANSAS

Program Name: College Student Personnel Services and Administration (CSPA)
Degree: MS
Location: Conway, Arkansas
Program Coordinator: Susan R. Barclay, PhD

Program Name: Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies
Degree: Ph.D.
Location: Conway, Arkansas
Program Coordinator: Rhonda McClellan, Ed.D.


District of Columbia

George Washington UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MA
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Program Coordinator: Daniel Klaski, PhD

Program Name: Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration
Degree: EDD
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Program Coordinator: N/A

 Program Name: Doctorate in Higher Education Administration
Degree: EDD
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Program Coordinator: Daniel Klaski, PhD


Florida

FLORIDA Atlantic UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education Leadership
Degree: MED
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Program Coordinator: Jenny Bloom, EdD

Program Name: Higher Education Leadership
Degree: PHD
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Program Coordinator: Jenny Bloom, EdD

Florida International UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MS
Location: Miami, Florida
Program Coordinator: Norma Martin Goonen, PhD

Program Name: PhD in Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Degree: PHD
Location: Miami, Florida
Program Coordinator: N/A

FLORIDA State UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: MS
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Program Coordinator: Lara Perez-Felkner, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: PHD & EDD
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Program Coordinator: Lara Perez-Felkner, PhD

Nova Southeastern UNIVERSITY

Program Name: College Student Affairs
Degree: MS
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Program Coordinator: Shanti Bruce, PhD

Program Name: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with concentrations
Degree: EDD
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Program Coordinator: Pedro Hernandez, PhD

UNIVERSITY of Central Florida

Program Name: Higher Education & Policy Studies
Degree: MA
Location: Orlando, Florida
Program Coordinator: Rosa Cintron, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education & Policy Studies
Degree: PHD
Location: Orlando, Florida
Program Coordinator: Kathleen King, Ed.D.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Program Name: Student Personnel in Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Program Coordinator: Kelli Peck Parrott, PhD (on-campus, full-time) & Cliff Haynes, PhD (part-time, online)

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: EDD (online, part-time), PHD (on-campus, full-time)
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Program Coordinator: Lindsay Byron Lynch, PhD (EDD program), Kelli Peck Parrott, PhD (PHD program)

UNIVERSITY OF Miami

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MS
Location: Miami, Florida
Program Coordinator: Carol-Anne Phekoo, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: Miami, Florida
Program Coordinator: Carol-Anne Phekoo, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF North Florida

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MS
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Program Coordinator: N/A

Program Name: Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Program Coordinator: David Hoppey, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF South FLORIDA

Program Name: College Student Affairs
Degree: MED
Location: Tampa, Florida
Program Coordinator: Wilma J. Henry, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF West FLORIDA

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MED
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Program Coordinator: Sarah Luczyk, PhD

Program Name: Doctor of Education
Degree: EDD
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Program Coordinator: N/A


Georgia

Georgia Southern UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MED
Location: Statesboro, Georgia
Program Coordinator: Daniel Calhoun, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: Statesboro, Georgia
Program Coordinator: Teri Melton, PhD

Kennesaw State UNIVERSITY

Program Name: First Year Studies
Degree: MS
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Program Coordinator: Stephanie Foote, PhD

Program Name: Education Doctorate in Educational Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Program Coordinator: Adrian Epps, Ph.D.

UNIVERSITY of Georgia

Program Name: College Student Affairs Administration
Degree: MED
Location: Athens, Georgia
Program Coordinator: Laura Dean, PhD

Program Name: College Student Affairs Administration
Degree: PHD
Location: Athens, Georgia
Program Coordinator: N/A

Program Name: Student Affairs Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: Athens, Georgia
Program Coordinator: Marian Higgins, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF West GEORGIA

Program Name: College Student Affairs
Degree: MED
Location: Carrollton, Georgia
Program Coordinator: Dena Kniess, PhD

Program Name: Doctor of Education with a Major in School Improvement
Degree: EDD
Location: Carrollton, Georgia
Program Coordinator: N/A

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: EDD (online)
Location: Carrollton, Georgia
Program Coordinator: Matt Varga, PhD

Valdosta State University

Program Name: Higher Education Leadership
Degree: MED
Location: Valdosta, Georgia
Program Coordinator: James Archibald, PhD

Program Name: Doctor of Education Program- Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: Valdosta, Georgia
Program Coordinator: Gerald Siegrist, PhD


Kentucky

Bellarmine University

Program Name: Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice
Degree: MED
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Donald "DJ" Mitchell, Jr., PhD

Program Name: Leadership in Higher Education
 
Degree: PHD
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Donald "DJ" Mitchell, Jr., PhD

Eastern Kentucky University

Program Name: Student Personnel Services in Higher Education
Degree: MA
Location: Richmond, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Ann Burns, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Degree: EDD
Location: Richmond, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Tara Shepperson, PhD

Murray State UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Postsecondary Education Administration
Degree: MA
Location: Murray, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Ben Littlepage, PhD

Program Name: The EdD in P-20 and Community Leadership program
Degree: EDD
Location: Murray, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Randy Wilson, PhD

Northern Kentucky University

Program Name: Educational Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: Highland Heights, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: James Allen, PhD

UNIVERSITY of Kentucky

Program Name: Higher Education with Optional Concentration in Student Affairs
Degree: MS
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Jeffrey Bieber, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education
 
Degree: PHD
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Jeffrey Bieber, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership
Degree: PHD, EDD
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Jayson Richardson, PhD

 

UNIVERSITY of Louisville

Program Name: College Student Personnel
Degree: MED
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Susan Longerbeam, PhD

Program Name: College Student Personnel
Degree: PHD
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Susan Longerbeam, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MA
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Jacob Gross, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership and Organizational Development
Degree: EDD
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Kyle Ingle, PhD

Western kentucky University

Program Name: Student Affairs
Degree: MA
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Aaron Hughey, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership Doctoral Program
Degree: EDD
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Program Coordinator: Tony Norman, PhD


Louisiana

Louisiana State University

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MA
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Program Coordinator: Kenny Fasching-Varner, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership & Research: Higher Education Administration
Degree: PHD
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Program Coordinator: Sonya Hayes, PhD

Northwestern STATE UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Student Affairs in Higher Education
Degree: MA
Location: Natchitoches, Louisiana
Program Coordinator: N/A

Program Name: Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Development
Degree: PHD
Location: Natchitoches, Louisiana
Program Coordinator: N/A

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

Program Name: Higher Ed Administration
Degree: EDD
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Program Coordinator: Dianne Oliver, Ph.D

Maryland

Morgan STATE UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Student Affairs Administration
Degree: MA
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Program Coordinator: Sean Robinson, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: PHD
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Program Coordinator: Benjamin Welsh, PhD

UNIVERSITY of Maryland

Program Name: Student Affairs
Degree: MED
Location: College Park, Maryland
Program Coordinator: Kimberly Griffin, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: PHD
Location: College Park, Maryland
Program Coordinator: Sharon Fries-Britt, Ph.D


Mississippi

Mississippi State University

Program Name: Student Affairs & Higher Education
Degree: MS
Location: Mississippi State, Mississippi
Program Coordinator: Danielle Molina, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership/Higher Education Leadership
Degree: PHD
Location: Mississippi State, Mississippi
Program Coordinator: Danielle Molina, PhD

University of MISSISSIPPI

Program Name: Higher Education/Student Personnel
Degree: MA
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
Program Coordinator: John Holleman, PhD

Program Name:Higher Education: Doctor of Education
Degree: EDD
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
Program Coordinator: John Holleman, PhD


North Carolina

Appalachian STATE UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Student Affairs Administration
Degree: MA
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Program Coordinator: Catherine Clark, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership: Doctor of Education
Degree: EDD
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Program Coordinator: Tracy Goodson-Espy, PhD

Elon UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: MA
Location: Elon, North Carolina
Program Coordinator: Smith Jackson, PhD

North Carolina State UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MED
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Program Coordinator: Joy Gaston Gayles, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: PHD
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Program Coordinator: Joy Gaston Gayles, PhD

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Program Name: Educational Leadership - Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Program Coordinator: Ryan A. Miller, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership - Higher Education
Degree: EDD
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Program Coordinator: Mark D'Amico, PhD

UNIVERSITY of North Carolina at Greensboro

Program Name: Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Program Coordinator: Brad Johnson, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Program Coordinator: Kathy Hytten, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT Wilmington

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: Wilmington, North Carolina
Program Coordinator: James DeVita, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership Program
Degree: EDD
Location: Wilmington, North Carolina
Program Coordinator: Donna DeGennaro, PhD


South Carolina

Clemson UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Student Affairs
Degree: MED
Location: Clemson, South Carolina
Program Coordinator: Rachel Ward, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership, Higher Education
Degree: PHD
Location: Clemson, South Carolina
Program Coordinator: Natasha Croom, PhD

UNIVERSITY of South Carolina

Program Name: Higher Education & Student Affairs
Degree: MED
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Program Coordinator: Doug Smith, PhD

Program NameEducational Administration
Degree: PHD
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Program Coordinator: Emily Davis, PhD


Tennessee

UNIVERSITY of Memphis

Program Name: Student Personnel
Degree: MS
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Program Coordinator: Jeff Wilson, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: EDD
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Program Coordinator: James Jacob, Ph.D.

UNIVERSITY OF Tennessee, Knoxville

Program Name: College Student Personnel
Degree: MS
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Program Coordinator: Dorian L. McCoy, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: PHD
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Program Coordinator: Norma Mertz, PhD

Vanderbilt UNIVERSITy

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MED
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Program Coordinator: Brenda L. McKenzie, PhD

Program Name: Doctor of Education
Degree:  EDD
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Program Coordinator: Catherine Gavin Loss, PhD


Texas

Angelo State University

Program Name: Student Development & Leadership in Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: San Angelo, Texas
Program Coordinator: Amy Murphy, PhD

Baylor UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration
Degree: MS
Location: Waco, Texas
Program Coordinator: Rishi Sriram, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education Studies & Leadership (HESL)
Degree: PHD
Location: Waco, Texas
Program Coordinator: Perry L. Glanzer, PhD

Sam Houston State UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MA
Location: Huntsville, Texas
Program Coordinator: Forrest Lane, PhD

Program Name: Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership
Degree: Ph.D.
Location: Huntsville, Texas
Program Coordinator: N/A

St. Edward's UNIVERSITY

Program Name: College Student Development
Degree: MA
Location: Austin, Texas
Program Coordinator: Richard Parsells, PhD

Texas A&M UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education
Degree: MS
Location: College Station, Texas
Program Coordinator: Krista Bailey, PhD

Program Name: Educational Administration, Emphasis in Higher Education
Degree: MS
Location: College Station, Texas
Program Coordinator: Glenda Musoba, PhD

Program Name: Educational Administration, Emphasis in Higher Education
Degree:
PHD
Location: College Station, Texas
Program Coordinator: Glenda Musoba, PhD

TEXAS Christian UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Educational Leadership in Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Program Coordinator: Don Mills, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Program Coordinator: Don Mills, PhD

TEXAS State UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Student Affairs in Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: San Marcos, Texas
Program Coordinator: Paige Haber-Curran, PhD

TEXAS Tech UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Program Coordinator: Stephanie Jones, PhD

Program Name: Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration
Degree: EDD
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Program Coordinator: N/A

UNIVERSITY of Houston

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: Houston, Texas
Program Coordinator: Tiffany J. Davis, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education Leadership
Degree: PHD
Location: Houston, Texas
Program Coordinator: Lyle McKinney, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON - Victoria

Program Name: Adult & Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: Victoria, Texas
Program Coordinator: Joann Olson, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF the Incarnate Word

Program Name: Student Services in Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Program Coordinator: Danielle J. Alasandor, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: PHD
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Program Coordinator: Danielle J. Alasandor, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF North TEXAS

Program Name: Higher Education Program
Degree: MED
Location: Denton, Texas
Program Coordinator: Barbara Bush, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education Program
Degree: PHD, EDD
Location: Denton, Texas
Program Coordinator: Daniel P. Chen, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF Texas at Austin

Program Name: College & University Student Personnel Administration
Degree: MED
Location: Austin, Texas
Program Coordinator: Richard Reddick, PhD

Program Name: Higher Education Leadership
Degree: PHD
Location: Austin, Texas
Program Coordinator: Richard Reddick, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT San Antonio

Program Name: Education Leadership - Higher Education Administration
Degree: MED
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Program Coordinator: Maricela Oliva, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership
Degree: PHD
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Program Coordinator: Amaury Nora, PhD


Virginia

College of William & Mary

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Program Coordinator: Jim Barber, PhD

George Mason UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Education Leadership
Degree: PHD
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Program Coordinator: N/A

James Madison University

Program Name: College Student Personnel Administration
Degree: MED
Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia
Program Coordinator: Donna Harper, PhD

Old Dominion UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: MSED, PHD
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Program Coordinator: Chris Glass, PhD

Program Name: Community College Leadership
Degree: PHD
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Program Coordinator: Chris Glass, PhD

VIRGINIA Commonwealth UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Educational Leadership
Degree: MED
Location: Rochmond, Virginia
Program Coordinator: Whitney Newcomb, PhD

Program Name: Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Program Coordinator: Jamie Arkin, Ed.D.

Virginia Polytechnic & State UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: MAED
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Program Coordinator: Gabriel Serna, PhD

Program Name: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Degree: Ed.D.
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Program Coordinator: Carol Cash,PhD

UNIVERSITY of Virginia

Program Name: Higher Education
Degree: MED
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Program Coordinator: Christina Steinmetz, PhD

Program Name: Educational Policy Studies
Degree: PHD
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Program Coordinator: Jim Wyckoff, PhD


West Virginia

Shepherd University

Program Name: College Student Development & Administration
Degree: MA
Location: Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Program Coordinator: Richard Stevens, PhD

West Liberty UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Education
Degree: MA
Location: West Liberty, West Virginia
Program Coordinator: Richard West, PhD

Program Name: Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Degree: EDD
Location: West Liberty, West Virginia
Program Coordinator: N/A

WEST Virginia UNIVERSITY

Program Name: Higher Education Administration
Degree: MA
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Program Coordinator: Nathan Sorber, PhD

Program Name: Doctor of Education program
Degree: EDD
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Program Coordinator: Nathan Sorber, PhD

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