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SBU to Offer MA in Higher Education Administration

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MAHigherEdThe University will offer a new master of arts degree in higher education administration beginning in September 2011. The 30-credit program is designed to provide the academic preparation and credentials necessary for college and university professionals to enhance their expertise and advance their careers.

“We are excited to help students achieve their academic and career goals through the development of this innovative degree program that is well-suited for professionals working in all areas of college and university administration,” said Interim Faculty Director Richard Gatteau.

The announcement of this new degree program comes on the heels of an encouraging report issued by the New York State Comptroller that shows employment in the higher education sector has grown despite the economic downturn.

The School of Professional Development (SPD) will administer the program. SPD Dean Paul J. Edelson said, “The expansion of opportunities in the field of higher education and the significance of higher education to our economy requires that tomorrow’s leaders have the analytical and decision-making skills equal to the challenge.”

The program combines aspects of theory and practice within the changing landscape of American higher education. The curriculum allows students to select one of two specializations, either management or student affairs administration. It is suitable for professionals working in community colleges, four-year colleges and universities—both public and private—as well as government agencies that address higher education planning and regulation.

For more information, contact Gatteau at (631) 632-1197 or Information is also available at

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