Apply Now

Apply Now

Apply now for Masters in Higher Education and Administration degree Apply now for Masters in Higher Education and Administration Degree

Expand Your Career Potential

Gain the knowledge and skills to have a purposeful career as a change agent across higher education communities.

Apply Online

Our Application Process

Apply for our outstanding master's degree program in higher education administration and policy or our higher education administration certificate.

Learn more about our application process

Application Deadlines

The MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy degree and Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration have rolling admissions, and students may begin taking courses in any quarter.  However, full-time students who want to complete the master's degree in one year must begin in the summer or fall quarter. Full-time degree applicants who apply by the early admission deadline have the best chance of being awarded partial tuition scholarships, graduate assistantships, and paid internships.

Early Admission Deadline*
Desired Entrance Quarter All Application Materials Due Classes Begin
Summer or Fall 2019 January 11, 2019 June or September
Regular Admission Deadlines
Desired Entrance Quarter All Application Materials Due Classes Begin
Winter 2019 December 10, 2018 January 7, 2019
Spring 2019 February 25, 2019 April 1, 2019
Summer 2019 May 28, 2019 June 24, 2019
Fall 2019 August 5, 2019 September 24, 2019

Read more about the application process for more information about applying to each of our degree programs.


*Preview Days

Preview Northwestern Days is a two-day special event for applicants who are admitted to the program for the January early admission deadline. At this event, admitted students interview for internships and graduate assistantships, meet with an academic adviser, and get to know faculty, alumni, current students and future classmates. Preview Days takes place in early March every year.

Contact Us

MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy Program

2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7526

Email: ms-highered@northwestern.edu