The Master of Arts program in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) is designed to prepare students to be administrative professionals at colleges and universities, qualified to work in support and administrative positions in academic affairs, student affairs, or in the functional service areas of an institution.
The HESA program integrates theory and practice and is intended to provide students with a foundation in the literature, skills, and the habits of scholarship related to:
- the development of contemporary college students;
- how administration and leadership can create effective academic and student service environments;
- how student learning can be enhanced inside and outside of the classroom;
- and how all these understandings can be applied to the design of educational practice.
The degree can be made applicable to many positions of leadership at higher education institutions through the types of experiences and practica undertaken during the program.
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:
- exhibit habits of mind as a proficient consumer of research regarding higher education.
- conduct evaluations and assessments of programs and initiatives.
- demonstrate proficiency with skills for management of functional units of higher education institutions.
- display facility with student and adult development theories and techniques for practical application.
- employ knowledge of the structure, administration, and environment of higher education institutions.
- present leadership skills and experience with personal and group facilitation/ intervention.
- apply perspectives involving multiculturalism and other forms of diversity.
- commit to social justice outcomes for individuals and groups.
- demonstrate integrity and the ethics and values of the profession.
- facilitate intrapersonal development and interpersonal competence.
Admission to the HESA M.A. program is determined on the basis of the following criteria:
- Possession of a bachelor degree from a regionally-accredited institution, with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (An average of less than 3.0 will be reviewed for conditional admission.)
- Two letters of recommendation from a current supervisor or academic/professional associates.
- Admission interview with the Director of the HESA program.
Students may transfer up to 6 semester hours of credit, with departmental approval.
Program Requirements (36 s.h.)
- August 1 for overseas applicants, September 1 for applicants transferring within the US (To start: Fall Semester)
- December 1 for overseas applicants (To start: Winter semester)
- April 1 for overseas applicants, May 1 for applicants transferring within the US (To start: Spring/Summer semester)
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