Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree but do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be granted provisional acceptance based on the additional requirements.
  2. A current resume. Consideration can be given to work-related experience and involvement in the field.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, of which at least one must be from a former faculty/instructor who can speak to your academic and classroom performance and one must be from a professional who works in student affairs or the field of higher education. Letters of recommendation should address the following:
    • How long they have known you and in what capacity.
    • Strengths and weaknesses as they relate to your academic preparedness and/or professional skills.
    • Assessment of your ability for professional work within student affairs or higher education.
  4. A Statement of Purpose which addresses your understanding of and interest in the HESAA program, identifies qualities and characteristics you will contribute as a member of the program, and addresses your academic preparedness for graduate school work. If your GPA falls below the required 3.0 GPA, please address this in your statement of purpose.  Your statement will be evaluated as a writing sample.
  5. An interview with HESAA program faculty may be required.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (27 credit hours)
HEA 616AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION3
HEA 617STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING3
HEA 618STUDENT AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATION3
HEA 620PLANNING AND FINANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION3
HEA 622TECHNIQUES OF COUNSELING3
HEA 624SUPERVISED PRACTICE I3
HEA 625SUPERVISED PRACTICE II3
HEA 650ASSESSMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND STUDENT AFFAIRS3
HEA 689METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH3
Elective Courses (9 credit hours) 1
Select three from of the following:9
COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION
TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6)
GENDER, INTERSECTIONALITY, AND HIGHER EDUCATION
MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION
COUNSELING TECHNIQUES FOR DIVERSE CULTURES
GROUP COUNSELING
CAREER DEVELOPMENT
THE LAW AND HIGHER EDUCATION
MOVEMENTS OF RESISTANCE: COLLEGE STUDENT ACTIVISM
CURRENT ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
MASTER'S THESIS
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
FUNDAMENTALS OF DATA MANAGEMENT AND DECISION SUPPORT IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Other elective courses may be selected from related courses/workshops in various disciplines or interdisciplinary areas with adviser approval.
Total Credit Hours36

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 36 credit hours are needed for degree completion: 27 credit hours of required coursework and 9 hours of electives. Students must complete two supervised practice experiences for credit as part of the curriculum and successfully complete the culminating experience.