Master of Arts in Education

Applications for the on-campus MA in Higher Education will be accepted for Fall 2020 through April 1, 2020. Only students already recommended for admission will be invited to interview for graduate assistantships during our annual visiting days to be held February 16-17. The registration for visiting days will close February 1 so interested applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by January 15. GRE scores are optional. Students may submit scores if they would like the admissions committee to consider this additional piece of evidence.

With a Specialization in Higher Education Administration

The Master of Arts (MA) in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) draws on the rich, interdisciplinary field of Higher Education.  While there is no specific academic preparation for student affairs administration at the undergraduate level, any baccalaureate degree provides sufficient preparation. Current students hold bachelor degrees in a variety of fields, including business, communications, liberal arts, and sports management. Most students pursuing graduate education in higher education/student affairs are actively involved in campus life or are working at a college/university in a student services or related area.

Course Requirements

Thirty-six (36) hours are required to complete the Master of Arts degree.  The following sequence is recommended by the program’s faculty.  A comprehensive project will be completed during the final semester of study or the student may opt to complete a thesis.  The expectation is that full-time students will be able to complete this program in two years. Students who are employed on a full-time basis and pursue the MA program part-time will work with a faculty advisor to determine appropriate course sequencing. 

Suggested Course Sequence 


1st Year, Fall Semester (9 hours)

ELRC 4364 Introduction to Student Affairs
ELRC 4249 Research Methods in Education
ELRC 7601 Foundations of Higher Education 


1st Year, Spring Semester (9 hours)

ELRC 7612 Student Development Theory
ELRC 4365 Helping Skills for Student Affairs
ELRC 7605 Law & Ethics in Higher Education


2nd Year, Fall Semester (9 hours)

ELRC 7611 College Students in the U.S.
3 hours ELRC 7404 Practicum
3 hours Higher Education Elective


2nd Year, Spring Semester (9 hours)

3 hours ELRC 7609 or 7610 (Strategic Planning or Assessment)
3 hours Higher Education Elective
3 hours Higher Education Elective 

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