MA, Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration

MA, Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration

The Master of Arts degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration is designed to prepare students for a variety of student affairs positions in postsecondary institutions. Our program emphasizes social justice and service to diverse student populations at various types of institutions. In addition, although the goal of this master's program is to equip student affairs educators with a broad understanding of the role of student affairs and student development in postsecondary education, the practicum and internship experiences allow students to explore specific interests and enhance their skills in more specific areas.

Goals of the Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration MA Program
Recognizing the breadth of possible experiences and positions within student affairs, the MA program in Student Affairs Administration is developed around the competencies of ACPA and NASPA, the two primary student affairs professional associations. The program conforms to the norms and standards found in the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. There are 13 goals of the MA program:

  • To understand and articulate the role of student affairs in the context of postsecondary education
  • To reference historical and current documents that state the philosophical foundations of the profession and communicate their relevance to current student affairs practice
  • To articulate the inherent values of the profession that are stipulated in historical and current documents in a manner that indicates how these values guide practice
  • To understand complexities of diversity and inclusion as they affect higher education and student affairs
  • To demonstrate the ability to use appropriate theory (e.g., student development, organizational, learning, leadership, etc.) and data-based decision making to assist institutions in accomplishing their missions
  • To demonstrate a flexible capacity to use skill sets (e.g., technology, distance learning, communication, etc.) to deliver programs and services that engage students and foster student learning and development
  • To analyze, understand, create, and/or modify learning environments.
  • To use appropriate theory to understand, support, and advocate for student learning and development
  • To assess learning and developmental needs and outcomes
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of student characteristics and collegiate environments on student learning and learning opportunities
  • To demonstrate knowledge, skills, and awareness of resources necessary to design and evaluate effective educational interventions and/or programs for individuals and groups
  • To demonstrate the ability to identify and appropriately refer persons who need additional resources
  • To demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to apply a code of ethics or ethical principles sanctioned by a recognized professional organization.

What our students have to say about our program:

Desmond Baker
MA Higher Education & Student Affairs Candidate

For more information:

MA Admission Requirements

MA Program and Curriculum Requirements

For questions and/or more information, please contact Dr. Sean Robinson, Program Coordinator