Higher Education Administration MA 


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. Students may be admitted to the on-campus program for fall, spring, or summer semesters.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall – April 15 (Priority Deadline for students applying for Graduate Assistantships - January 15)
  • Summer – April 15
  • Spring – November 15 (October 1 for International Students) 

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 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 

ELRC 4249 Understanding and Applying Research in Education (3)
ELRC 4364 Student Affairs in Higher Education (3)
ELRC 7601 Foundations of Higher Education (3)

ELRC 7612 Student Development Theory (3)
Higher Education Elective (3)
Higher Education Elective (3)

ELRC 7608 Practicum (3)
ELRC 7611
College Students in the U.S. (3)
Higher Education Elective (3)

Higher Education Elective (3)
Higher Education Elective (3)
Higher Education Elective (3)



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