MA in Higher Education and Student Development

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

The program prepares students for positions in higher education administration, student development, non-profit higher education associations, and government organizations. Today's higher education professionals are required to address both the needs of incoming traditionally aged students, as well as those of older students returning for a degree and special populations. The wide range of student backgrounds in the current complex context requires a holistic approach to college student development.

The Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Development will prepare future higher education leaders who understand higher education in the digital age, student development, multicultural and diverse populations, program development, professionalism, and learning assessment. This multidisciplinary program offers both thesis and project capstone options and is full and part-time student friendly. Alumni hold positions in areas such as career development, academic advising, assessment, facilities management, admissions, and residence life.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 36

The program offers two distinct tracks: (a) Student Affairs Administration and (b) Higher Education Leadership. The Students Affairs Administration track is built on the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education's (CAS) standards and guidelines for Master's Level Student Affairs Professional Preparation Programs. The Higher Education Leadership track takes an interdisciplinary approach to offer the flexibility for students to select courses that meet their professional needs.

Students Affairs Administration track

The Students Affairs Administration track is built on the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education's (CAS) standards and guidelines for Master's Level Student Affairs Professional Preparation Programs. Graduates will have the knowledge, prospectives, and skills to serve in a wide variety of capacities within higher education.

Required Courses

HE 606 Cultural Pluralism in Higher Education 3
HE 610 Research Methods in Higher Education 3
HE 624 Finance and Fiscal Management in Higher Education 3
HE 644 Organization and Administration of Student Affairs 3
HE 645 The Contemporary College Student 3
HE 646 Student Development Theory 3
HE 685 Practicum 1 6
HE 703 Higher Education in the Digital Age 3
HE 721 History of Higher Education 3
Total Credits 30

Capstone Requirement

Students may choose the capstone course option or thesis option as described below.

Capstone Course Option  
Students who select the capstone course option will complete one elective course (3 credits) approved by the advisor in addition to the HE 797 Higher Education Capstone. Electives can be taken outside of the Higher Education Program and should be selected in consultation with the advisor.
 
One elective course 3
HE 797 Higher Education Capstone 3
Total Credits 6
Thesis Option  
A thesis is a rigorous scholarly inquiry that requires the collection of original data and is presented in a traditional, formal, written format. It is informed by experience gained from the research apprenticeship. The guideline and deadlines for thesis submission are set by the University and administered by the University Dissertation and Thesis Service. Students selecting the thesis option must complete an extra research course approved by the student’s thesis advisor in addition to HE 799 Higher Education Thesis.
 
One elective research course 3
HE 799 Higher Education Thesis (3 credits required) 1 3
Total Credits 6

Higher Education Leadership track 

The Higher Education Leadership track takes an interdisciplinary approach to offer the flexibility for students to select courses that meet their professional needs.

Required Courses

HE 606 Cultural Pluralism in Higher Education 3
HE 610 Research Methods in Higher Education 3
HE 624 Finance and Fiscal Management in Higher Education 3
HE 645 The Contemporary College Student 3
HE 685 Practicum 3
HE 703 Higher Education in the Digital Age 3
HE 721 History of Higher Education 3
Total Credits 21

Specialization Courses

Students should work with their advisor to select three courses (9 credit hours) either in the Higher Education Program or in another discipline that fits the students’ career goals. 9

Capstone Requirement

Students may choose the capstone course option or these option as described below.

Capstone Course Option  
Students who select the capstone course option will complete one elective course (3 credits) approved by the advisor in addition to the HE 797 Higher Education Capstone. Electives can be taken outside of the Higher Education Program and should be selected in consultation with the advisor.
 
One elective course 3
HE 797 Higher Education Capstone 3
Total Credits 6
Thesis Option  
A thesis is a rigorous scholarly inquiry that requires the collection of original data and is presented in a traditional, formal, written format. It is informed by experience gained from the research apprenticeship. The guideline and deadlines for thesis submission are set by the University and administered by the University Dissertation and Thesis Service. Students selecting the thesis option must complete an extra research course approved by the student’s thesis advisor in addition to HE 799 Higher Education Thesis.
 
One elective research course 3
HE 799 Higher Education Thesis 3
Total Credits 6