Stony Brook University To Offer Master Of Arts In Higher Education Administration
Program prepares professionals to assume leadership positions in colleges and universities
STONY BROOK, N.Y., November 5, 2010 — Stony Brook 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 credential necessary for college and university professionals to enhance their expertise and advance their careers.
According to Dr. Richard Gatteau, Interim Faculty Director, “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.”
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. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said, “Higher education has been one of the most resilient sectors of the economy during this downturn. In many counties around the State, local colleges and universities are among the largest employers.”
The University’s 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, 4-year colleges and universities—both public and private—as well as government agencies that address higher education planning and regulation.
About the School of Professional Development
The School of Professional Development (SPD) is the home of Stony Brook University’s graduate programs in education, enrolling over 4,000 students in graduate degrees and curricula leading to certification and career advancement.