MA in Educational Leadership with Concentration in SAHE

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Program Description

MA in Educational Leadership with Concentration in SAHE

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

The curriculum for the MA in Educational Leadership with concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) has been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders in student affairs operations in colleges and universities. An emphasis of the program is the development of educational leaders who can transform institutions into learning communities in which all members of a diverse society are accorded opportunity and respect. The program adheres to the Master’s Level Student Affairs Professional Preparation Program Standards developed by the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education, 8th ed.). Leadership coursework is organized around foundational studies, professional studies, and supervised practice.

As an active participant in these programs you will develop as a leader through an expanded self- knowledge and worldview. You will develop student affairs competencies and leadership strategies. You will learn how to guide a professional team as you integrate recommendations from research with an assessment of the needs of a college and/or university and create a plan for student success. You will explore the political and social implications of higher education and the educational requirements of a diverse, democratic, multicultural society. You will acquire the confidence necessary to ignite and inspire others.

Warren Bennis has written that the primary goal of leadership is the creation of a human community held together by a common purpose. True leaders, he said, demonstrate a balance of competence, virtue, and vision. It is our mission to guide you in developing all three.

Two course delivery modes are available for the SAHE program.

1) In-person cohort: courses will be held on Saturdays each week of the 8-week courses

2) Hybrid cohort: courses will meet two Saturdays during each of the 8-week courses and fulfill the other 6 weeks of the course meetings and learning goals in an online environment (students must be working at least 30 hours per week in higher education and be confident with the use of technology to apply for the hybrid cohort)


  • Schedule a meeting with a faculty member for your admissions interview!
  • Applications for admission to the MA Educational Leadership Program in Student Affairs in Higher Education must begin with completion of the online Graduate application. The early admission priority deadline is January 15; the final deadline is March 15 to be considered for the SAHE cohort the following fall.
  • Pay the $60.00 application fee *International student application fee is $100.00
  • Upload your career goals statement
  • Upload your curriculum vitae or professional résumé
  • Complete and upload the Tuition Classification Form
  • List the name, title/organization, and email of three references. They will be emailed the SAHE recommendation forms/instructions. *One reference should be a former instructor, one should be a current supervisor, and one should be a professional colleague.

In addition to the above materials that will be submitted with your online application, please email/mail proof of your background check or proof of licensure to the Student Resource Office. *(International applicants only complete this step if they have lived in the United States for more than one year). Students who have completed a background check for employment and can provide proof do not have to repeat this process for admission. Instructions for completing your background check are below:

Print a copy of the background check and turn in with your admissions materials Current CO school or agency employees who completed a background check for employment may provide a copy of their CO license or a copy of the results of the background check used for employment. Domestic Students: Your final step will be to have one official transcript of all academic work ever completed to date, sent directly to the Office of Admissions & Records University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

*Additional items of note for International applicants:

  • All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes)
  • English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 575‐(paper‐based) or 90‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 280 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs).

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 26, 2016
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