We have two exciting opportunities for students to receive a master of arts in Higher Education from The University of Alabama. One is on our main campus in Tuscaloosa and the other is in Northeast Alabama at the University’s Gadsden Center.
The Master of Arts is a 36-hour degree program and is designed for students seeking to enter a range of professional careers in higher education. Students gain academic preparation necessary for entry-level leadership positions. Additionally, the MA program offers current two-or four-year administrators an opportunity to expand their skills and improve their understanding of the entire institution. Because our classes are available in the evenings and on weekends at both our main Tuscaloosa campus and our Gadsden Center, the MA can be pursued without interrupting a professional career.
Plan I. Candidates for the masters degree under Plan I must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit in coursework and write a thesis (a minimum of 6 semester hours of thesis research required).
Plan II. Candidates for the masters degree under Plan II must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit and complete a culminating or “capstone” experience as described under the Comprehensive Examinations section below. Both plans require a minimum of 18 semester hours in the major subject. With the approval of the major program, the remainder of the coursework may be completed in either the major or a related field.
In some divisions and in many departments of the University, candidates are required to do their work under Plan I. Candidates working under Plan II may be required to participate successfully in seminar or problem courses that will give them an acquaintance with the methods of research and an appreciation of the place and function of original investigation in the field.