Learn more about the Student Affairs in Higher Education MA program, including course information and how to apply.

Prepare to Make a Difference in Students’ Lives

The MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education program represents what a well-rounded academic program is all about—academic excellence, plus geographical, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Coursework and assistantships—held by about 90 percent of our students—blend academic achievement with real-world responsibilities so that you are fully prepared for entry-level and mid-management jobs, depending on your past experience.

Students from a Variety of Professional and Academic Backgrounds

A typical SAHE entering class includes graduates of private and public institutions, from very small to very large, and from all sections of the country. Many students are returning to graduate school after having worked for a few years.

Your Cohort Becomes Part of Your Professional Network

All students join a fall cohort and begin classes either in the summer or fall. With the cohort model, you surround yourself with like-minded learners who will become members of your professional network. You progress through a prescribed sequence of courses as a group, and together, you'll discover the history of your profession while mastering the theories and techniques that have proven effective when working with diverse campus populations.

The MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education

This program introduces you to the key principles and responsibilities of this area of study. Practical experiences provided by your assistantship and practicums help transition you from the classroom to your first job in the field.

A minimum of 42 credits (33 required and nine credits of elective or thesis), a portfolio requirement, and the equivalent of two academic years of full-time study are required to earn the master of arts degree.

Student Affairs is an applied science field and, as such, you will:

  • Understand theories of personality and human development.
  • Learn elements of research.
  • Acquire specific skills and techniques for helping others learn, grow, and develop.
  • Comprehend organizational management theory and practice.
  • Complete a variety of practice-oriented courses.

You will also demonstrate professional competence by writing either a thesis or completing nine hours of approved electives along with a learning portfolio completed during the second year.