Admissions Information

To apply to the Student Affairs in Higher Education program, please refer to the following steps:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application.
    • Submit official college transcript(s) (minimum GPA of 2.8, 3.0 preferred)
    • Pay the application fee of $50.

You will then submit the following documents to the graduate school online:

  • A current résumé
  • Goal Statement. This is typically two to three 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 or 724-357-2107 or

The SAHE Department begins considering applications for the next academic year in November. On the basis of the application materials, prospective students may also be invited to complete an interview with a current faculty member. Applications are still being considered for fall 2023, and graduate assistantships are still available.

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 day, scheduled for March 6 (virtual). 

As well, if you would like to keep up to date with our department, alumni, and processes, consider subscribing to the SAHE YouTube channel.

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