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University of Colorado Boulder


Master of Arts in Higher Education at the University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the flagship campus of the University of Colorado system and is globally recognized for its world-class research and a faculty that includes numerous Nobel Prize laureates.

Professional Master of Arts Degree (MA) in Higher Education overview

The Professional Master of Arts degree in higher education provides students with a breadth of knowledge and experience in higher education, focusing on both student affairs and academic affairs. This collaborative program works with departments across campus and allows students to gain hands-on experience and networking opportunities in a university setting. Housed in the CU Boulder School of Education, the program offers a supportive community and flexible, evening and hybrid-online courses designed to accommodate busy professionals' schedules.

The demand for knowledgeable, ethical and diverse leaders in higher education continues to grow, with a projected job growth of nearly 10 percent until 2024 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). This comprehensive program positions students to be well prepared for a variety of opportunities in higher education and government agencies.

Higher Education Curriculum

The curriculum consists of 36-credits. Students engage in an extensive curriculum focused on three key areas of higher education: the foundations of higher education; research and evaluation; and higher education and student affairs practice in the areas of student and academic affairs, institutional administration, and diversity and community engagement.

Financial assistance

CU Boulder offers a variety of financial assistance options for professional master's graduate students. These include loans, grants, military and company tuition assistance programs.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Arts (MA)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 133
Doctoral Degrees 11

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test or MAT
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Alternate accepted
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 1st December 1st No
Spring deadline September 1st September 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test or MAT
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 15
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 20.36%
Black or African American 3.34%
White or Caucasian 67%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.3%
Asian 0.91%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.3%
Two or more races 1.82%
Unknown 3.65%


Male (25%)
Female (74%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 38
Part-time - 0
Male (14)
Female (24)


Focus of faculty research: Teacher education; educational reform; literacy; equal educational opportunity; minority education
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address Boulder, CO  80309
United States

Phone: 303-492-1411