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Higher Education and Student Affairs, M.Ed. Coursework

The Higher Education and Student Affairs program can be completed in two years of full-time academic study or three years of part-time academic study.  Actual time to completion depends on the number of hours students take each fall, spring, and summer semester.

Our 39-credit hour program of study includes 18 hours of required core courses, 18 hours in a concentration (higher education administration or student affairs administration), and a 3-hour elective course.


What is the typical coursework?

The typical course work includes a foundational core and your choice of a concentration in either higher education administration or student affairs administration.

Through 18 hours of foundational core coursework, you will explore the history and philosophy of higher education, relevant student development theories, legal aspects, institutional assessment, and research methodologies. You will also develop advanced knowledge of the organization, administration, and governance of postsecondary education. Interwoven in this coursework is an understanding of social justice and inclusion within the context of higher education.


Higher Education Administration Concentration

The 18-hour higher education administration concentration is focused on the advanced study of leadership and ethics in postsecondary education. This includes an exploration of financial aspects of higher education and the study of trends and issues within community and technical college context.


Student Affairs Administration Concentration

The 18-hour student affairs administration concentration is focused on advanced study in areas such as contemporary student affairs trends and issues, philosophy of student affairs, and practicum experiences. This concentration will prepare you to articulate theories and models that describe the development of college students and the conditions and practices that facilitate holistic development. You will also be able to articulate advising and supporting strategies that take into account self-knowledge and the needs of others.

For more details about the program and curriculum, please visit the academic bulletin.


What is my culminating project for completion of my degree?

At the end of the program of study, you will create an online portfolio to showcase your learning across program competency areas that align with ACPA/NASPA professional standards.


What kinds of work will I be able to do after I graduate?

Graduates of the M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs program are employed in a range of institutional contexts and positions including career advising, academic advising, Title IX enforcement, student conduct, student activities, Greek life, parent programs, international student services, student leadership and service, admissions, marketing, and institutional advancement among others. 

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