Master of Science- Student Affairs in Higher Education, Doctor of Philosophy- Student Affairs in Higher Education

Master of Science: Student Affairs in Higher Education

The SAHE master's degree program prepares students for leadership positions in student affairs in higher education. The curriculum includes a 15 credit-hour core that address foundations of student affairs, student development theory, foundations of research, educational leadership/organizational development, and diversity, equity and dialogue; a 3 credit-hour additional inquiry requirement; a 7 credit-hour concentration in either student development theory, student affairs leadership, inquiry in education, or diversity, equity and culture; 7 hours of professional development and field experience; and 10 hours of electives.

Admission to the Student Affairs in Higher Education master’s degree program is based on undergraduate grade point averages, a personal statement, experiences relevant to student affairs, four letters of recommendation, and an interview.

Program Requirements

(42 semester hours)

Core
EDL 654Foundations of Educational Research in Higher Education3
EDL 667Diversity, Equity, and Dialogue in Student Affairs3
EDL 676Foundations of Student Affairs in Higher Education3
EDL 677Student Development Theory I3
EDL 706Educational Leadership and Organizational Development3
Concentrations
Select one of the following areas of concentration:7
Student Development Theory
Student Affairs Leadership
Diversity, Equity and Culture
Inquiry in Education
Inquiry Courses
EDL 661Quantitative Research in Higher Education3
or EDL 683 Qualitative Research in Education
Professional Development and Field Experience
EDL 656GField Experience Exploration4
EDL 656IField Experience Synthesis3
A third semester of EDL 656 is required as part of the student's concentration. 14
Electives
Select 10 hours of electives that may include, but are not limited to, additional Professional Development and Field Experience hours, independent studies, graduate courses outside of the program, and/or additional SAHE classes outside of the required course load.10
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Full-time students enroll in an EDL 656 course in the Spring of both their first and second year and Fall of their second year. The students' assistantship counts as the field experience for the final semester enrolled. Part-time students enroll in three semesters (Fall or Spring) over the course of their graduate studies.

During the semester that EDL 656 is a part of a concentration (the fall semester of the student's second year for full time students), the student will select a field experience that satisfies concentration learning outcomes.

Doctor of Philosophy: Student Affairs in Higher Education

This program prepares students for leadership positions and faculty roles in student affairs in higher education. The curriculum, planned by you and your advisor, includes a 12-credit core that address learning partnerships in higher education, college learners' experiences, college learning environments, and social and political engagement in higher education; an 18-credit research sequence; a 6-credit concentration, 9 credits of electives, and dissertation research. A written and oral comprehensive examination is required before you become a candidate for the degree. You must write and defend an acceptable dissertation before your degree is conferred.

Admission to the Student Affairs in Higher Education doctoral program requires a master's degree and is based on undergraduate and graduate grade point averages, a personal statement, relevant experience, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Preference is given to candidates with full-time student affairs experience.

Program Requirements

(61 semester hours)

Core Classes
EDL 731Learning Partnerships & Transformational Learning3
EDL 741Perspectives on College Learners' Experience3
EDL 745Perspectives on Higher Education Learning Contexts3
EDL 751Social & Political Engagement in Higher Education3
Inquiry Classes
EDL 654Foundations of Educational Research in Higher Education3
EDL 661Quantitative Research in Higher Education3
EDL 683Qualitative Research in Education3
Advanced Seminar in Qualitative or Quantitative Research3
EDL 776Research/Inquiry Practicum in Student Affairs/Higher Education 13
Concentration 2
A student designs a concentration that satisfies one's own focused learning outcomes. Concentration courses may include, but are not limited to, independent studies, graduate courses outside of the program, and/or additional SAHE classes outside of the required course load.6
Electives 3
Select 9 hours of electives that may include, but are not limited to, independent studies, graduate courses outside of the program, and/or additional SAHE classes outside of the required course load.9
Dissertation 416
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 3 per term, taken successively for two terms

2

 Minimum 6 hours

3

 Minimum 9 hours

4

Minimum 16 hours