Graduate Degree

Student Affairs Administration - Master of Arts

Student Affairs Administration - Master of Arts
Plan Code:
Program Level:
Award Type:
Master of Arts
College of Education
Educational Administration

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Education

Department of Educational Administration

Graduate Study
Student Affairs Administration - Master of Arts

The master's degree program in student affairs administration is designed for persons who plan to be employed in this field within institutions of higher education.  The program is designed to enable students to achieve an understanding of educational administration, higher education, and student affairs administration. Course work in the major integrates theory and practice.  Courses can be chosen to reflect a student's interest in administration and leadership, teaching and learning, or adult development, and to build skills in academic advisement, training and development, communications, or counseling.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Education, students must meet the requirements specified below.


Applicants must submit a written personal statement of their experiences and interests guiding their pursuit of a master's degree in student affairs administration.  The three required letters of recommendation must be from persons who are  acquainted with the applicant's (1) academic and employment performance and (2) potential for graduate work and professional employment in higher education.  

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Student Affairs Administration

The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  The student must complete 36 credits distributed as follows:

1. All of the following courses (24 credits):
EAD 805 Administration in Higher Education 3
EAD 870 Foundations of Postsecondary Education 3
EAD 871 Collegiate Contexts for Teaching and Learning 3
EAD 873 College Student Development 3
EAD 874 Introduction to Student Affairs 3
EAD 875 Issues and Strategies in Student Affairs 3
EAD 889 Research and Assessment in Student Affairs 3
EAD 893 Professional Development Seminar in Student Affairs 3
2. Four additional courses totaling 12 credits that contribute to the student’s professional goals such as in academic advisement, training and development, communications, or counseling, and are approved by the student’s academic  advisor. At least two of these courses should be from EAD course offerings  taught by HALE faculty.
3. Completion of a final evaluation.