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Students in the SAHE program

To apply to the Student Affairs in Higher Education program, please complete the Graduate School Application.

You will submit the following materials as part of your graduate school application:

  • Official college transcript(s) (minimum GPA of 2.8, 3.0 preferred)
  • A current résumé
  • Statement of Interest in student affairs is typically 2–3 double spaced pages and should address the following questions:
    • What motivated you to pursue a career in student affairs?
    • What are your professional goals related to student affairs?
    • How may your personal knowledge, skills, and experiences positively contribute to the SAHE program?
  • Contact information for two recommenders who must fulfill the following requirements:
    • A faculty member to communicate your academic strengths and speak about your ability within the classroom (ideally a faculty member within your major or with whom you have had several classes)
    • A professional (preferably within student affairs) who can speak to your student affairs and professional experience.

For questions regarding the graduate school application and the submission of these materials, please contact Graduate Admissions at 724-357-2222 or

The SAHE department begins considering applications for the next academic year in November. Students are urged to submit all their materials by no later than January 15. On the basis of the application materials, prospective students may also be asked to complete an interview with a current faculty member.

Applicants should also keep in mind that all materials must be submitted in order to participate in the department’s visitation and graduate assistantship Interview days, scheduled in late February or early March.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Student Affairs in Higher Education Department
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 206
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-1251
  • Fax: 724-357-7821
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.