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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Master of Education in Higher Education Administration

Candidates in the M.Ed. Education Administration: Higher Education Option complete 30 credits of coursework, with some courses offered on campus and some online, providing the flexibility for working professionals to complete the degree in a timely and convenient manner. The program is open to individuals who have had substantial experiences in higher education work while undergraduates or who are currently working in higher education. For applicants who are undergraduate students at UMass Lowell, a “PLUS ONE” route is available (see PLUS ONE admission requirements).

Campus Information


UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Applicants to the degree should be working or interning at an institution of higher education, but we also encourage applications from those with a wide range of work and educational experiences.

They must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution which has been earned with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

They must have received a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in six credits of undergraduate English writing courses.

Applicants must submit the following items to Graduate Admissions:

  • Online application information
  • Admissions statement which describes the candidate’s experience in a higher education role and goals for the future.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who know the quality of the candidate’s work, at least one reference should be from a supervisor for whom the applicant works in a higher education setting.
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Application fee
  • TOEFL scores as appropriate

While standardized test scores (GRE/GMAT/MAT/LSAT) are not required, those applicants who already have scores are encouraged to submit them as part of their application.

Statement of Purpose

In a separate document, submit a brief statement indicating your immediate and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, any teaching experience and/or research conducted/published that may be pertinent to your graduate program. Two pages recommended maximum.

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide (names and email addresses) referees during the application process and an automated request will be sent out after the completion of your application. 

Official Transcripts

Provide a complete and official transcript from the institution that awarded or will award you a bachelor’s degree. You may also include transcripts from other institutions at which you have taken relevant coursework. Please note that waiting for additional transcripts may delay review of your application.