Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Student Affairs Administration (SAA) in Higher Education

SAA Mission

Using a theory to practitioner model, the mission of the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education master’s degree program is to prepare student affairs professionals with the competencies to work effectively within the complex political, economic, cultural, and social contexts of higher education.

Professional Competencies

The Student Affairs Administration (SAA) graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has embraced the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies and has aligned the curriculum of the graduate program to ensure basic understanding in the competencies as part of the learning experience of our graduate students.

About Student Affairs

Student affairs is a critical aspect of the higher education experience. The work done by student affairs professionals helps students begin a lifetime journey of growth and self-exploration.

Who We Are

Student learning doesn’t just happen in a classroom. Opportunities for teaching and development exist everywhere and at all times on campus and it’s our job to seize these moments. And as student affairs professionals our job is to foster and promote these interactions. Encouraging an understanding and respect for diversity, a belief the worth of individuals, and supporting our students in their needs are just some of the core concepts of the profession.

At NASPA, we understand the importance of this work and provide opportunities for our members to continue to expand their knowledge and skills.

Careers in Student Affairs

NASPA is an organization of colleges, universities, agencies, and professional educators whose members are committed to providing services and education that enhance student growth and development. The association seeks to promote student personnel work as a profession which requires personal integrity, belief in the dignity and worth of individuals, respect for individual differences and diversity, a commitment to service, and dedication to the development of individuals and the college community through education.

Find a Job

The Placement Exchange (TPE) is the definitive resource for the student affairs job placement process. With dynamic, online information as well as powerful networking opportunities and a first-class job placement event, TPE is dedicated to helping candidates find that perfect job, and helping institutions find that perfect hire. Founded in 2006, the strength of The Placement Exchange comes from the combined resources of its partner associations.

COURSES Each course is three credits unless otherwise indicated. See the Graduate Catalog for SAA course descriptions. The curriculum is subject to change to keep it current and consistent with the standards of the profession.

M.S.Ed. Program Requirements (40 Credits) Implemented Summer 2016

  • SAA 700 Professional Practice in Student Affairs
  • SAA 701 Student Affairs & Technology - 1 credit
  • SAA 702 Student Development Theory
  • SAA 704 Leadership in Higher Education
  • SAA 705 History of Higher Education
  • SAA 706 Advising & Supporting
  • SAA 708 Diversity in Higher Education
  • SAA 710 Administration in Higher Education
  • SAA 720 Special Topics in Student Affairs Administration - 1 credit
  • SAA 730 Legal Aspects of Student Affairs
  • SAA 745 University Finance & Governance
  • SAA 765 Assessment in Student Affairs
  • SAA 781 Student Affairs Administration Internship (may be completed summer or fall; enroll in online course)
  • SAA 790 Capstone (Includes Capstone Project)
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 3, 2019
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