Higher Education Administration (MA)
Learn to be an administrative professional at a higher education institution
Madonna University's Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration (HEA) empowers you to make a positive impact on students lives and the future of education. This program equips you with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to confidently navigate the complexities of college administration.
Administrative staff are employed, on average, at each college in the United States.
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Janice Centers serves as the Director of Matriculation for Madonna University's College of Education. Janice began her career as an elementary school teacher and transitioned her passion for student success into the higher education environment. Janice was promoted to a director level position upon completing her HEA degree. Janice values the HEA program’s focus on working professionals, the support and dedication of its faculty, and the high impact practices she experienced, such as the study abroad practicum.
Stephanie Martiny works as an advisor, recruiter, and site coordinator for the University of Michigan. After completing her HEA degree, Stephanie received a raise and promotion. Earning a HEA degree has also enabled her to teach as an adjunct professor. Stephanie values HEA’s small class sizes, quality instructors working in the field, and course scheduling consistency.
Since graduating from HEA, Stephanie reports increased career satisfaction and respect, having greater input into significant institutional decisions.
Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students
Program Director & Assistant Professor
J.D., Western Michigan University
M.P.A., Eastern Michigan University
B.S., Eastern Michigan University
734-432-5829, Room 1113
Cliff Camp brings nearly a decade of experience working with various regulatory compliance requirements; policy drafting, development, and implementation; training; and assessment in a higher education setting. Cliff teaches HEA’s Law and Policy course, EDU 6340, in which he ensures students have the opportunity to apply the concepts they learn in the course through practical exercises such as conducting a policy gap analysis, drafting a policy, and creating a compliance training presentation for a higher education institution.
These experiences provide students with a tangible deliverable to share with current or future employers demonstrating their ability to navigate the complex legal and regulatory environment within higher education.
Cliff received his B.S. and M.P.A. degrees from Eastern Michigan University and his J.D. degree from Western Michigan University – Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Public Administration at Western Michigan University.
Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.A.T., Madonna University
B.A., Madonna University
734-432-5867, Room 1113
Dr. Chris Benson brings more than sixteen years of higher education experience in student affairs, retention, and academic affairs. Dr. Benson currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Madonna University. She has oversight of student conduct, career development, student life, residence life, counseling and disability resources, and transitions services. Dr. Benson serves as an institutional representative for the American Council on Education Women's Network, Michigan (MI-ACE) and the regional representative for the Michigan division of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA-MI).
Dr. Benson also has served as Title IX Coordinator and Graduate Program Director for the Higher Education Administration master’s program, which she co-created. Chris earned her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University. She earned a master’s in teaching and learning from Madonna University.
Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University (exp. 2023)
M.A., Eastern Michigan University
B.A., University of Michigan-Dearborn
Mr. Nyanatee Bailey has spent the past eight years of his career in higher education. He currently serves as the Senior Intercultural Programs advisor at the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. In this role, he develops, coordinates, and advises for International Education programs across five continents, with a focus on holistic student growth and development. Nyanatee has a passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and his work is predicated on eradicating the systemic biases that create inequitable educational opportunities for students from historically underrepresented communities.
Nyanatee earned his B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in African & African-American Studies from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, as well as a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University with a focus on higher education student affairs. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Eastern Michigan University where his research focus is on the efficacy of the chief diversity officer role, through the lens of Critical Race Theory and organizational change frameworks.
Ph.D., The University of Toledo
M.Ed., Bowling Green State University
B.A., Siena Heights University
734-432-5762, Room WC207-B