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MS in Higher Education - Student Affairs

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education, Student Affairs specialization program is designed to teach students how to administer students services programs at colleges, universities, and other postsecondary institutions. Read more about Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education, Student Affairs specialization program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Higher Education, Student Affairs Specialization

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education, Student Affairs specialization program is designed to help prepare students to pursue careers in the student services departments of postsecondary institutions. Students who enroll in this program will have the opportunity to study how to design, develop, and administer student services programs at both online and campus based schools. Upon entering the program, students must select either the thesis track or the nonthesis track of study to complete the program. This specialization meets the standards of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) for graduate programs in student affairs and the standards of the Professional Preparation Commission of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

61-71 credits, depending on the chosen track. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Higher Education, Student Affairs Specialization:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements - Thesis Track

  • HE 510: Foundations of Higher Education (5 credits)
  • HE 520: Higher Education Laws and Regulations (5 credits)
  • HE 530: Higher Education Organization and Governance (5 credits)
  • HE 540: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education (5 credits)
  • HE 550: Higher Education Finance (5 credits)
  • IX 540: Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology (5 credits)
  • HE 601: Master's Thesis Proposal (5 credits)
  • HE 602: Master's Thesis Defense (5 credits)

Core Requirements - Nonthesis Track

  • HE 510: Foundations of Higher Education (5 credits)
  • HE 520: Higher Education Laws and Regulations (5 credits)
  • HE 530: Higher Education Organization and Governance (5 credits)
  • HE 540: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education (5 credits)
  • HE 550: Higher Education Finance (5 credits)
  • IX 540: Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology (5 credits)

Specialization Requirements

  • HE 551: Student Affairs Foundation and Philosophy (5 credits)
  • HE 553: Current Issues in Student Affairs in Higher Education (5 credits)
  • HE 555: Student Affairs Administration in Ground and Virtual Environments (5 credits)
  • HE 590: Student Affairs Internship I-A (4 credits)
  • HE 591: Student Affairs Internship I-B (4 credits)
  • HE 592: Student Affairs Internship II-A (4 credits)
  • HE 593: Student Affairs Internship II-B (4 credits)

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Career Paths:

Students enrolled in Kaplan University's MS in Higher Education - Student Affairs program have the opportunity to study the design and development of student services programs. Prior to graduation, students will have the chance to complete hands-on internships and gain real experience in managing student affairs.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Student services administrator
  • Student aid director
  • Student activities director

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