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MS in Higher Education - Student Affairs

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs program at Purdue University Global have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge needed to lead student services programs for both online and traditional schools. Learn more about the Master of Science in Higher Education program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Those considering applying to the Master of Science in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs program may already have some education knowledge or experience and should be interested in preparing for a leadership career in a postsecondary institution. Applicants to Purdue University Global graduate programs should already have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global designed the Master of Science in Higher Education program to help education professionals pursue or further their careers in higher education. The core courses are intended to teach a foundation of skills, knowledge, and techniques for teaching and administration at the postsecondary level. The Student Affairs concentration provides additional coursework and an internship, all of which are designed to meet standards set forth by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and the Professional Preparation Commission of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Within the concentration courses, students have the opportunity to learn about student affairs administration, how to develop a comprehensive student services program, current issues in higher education student affairs and methods for dealing with them, and managing programs for virtual and ground environments. This concentration also requires 120 hours of internship experience.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

50 quarter credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs:

Students in the MS in Higher Education - Student Affairs program need to complete at least 50 quarter credit hours to graduate. Core requirements make up 30 of these credit hours and the remaining 20 are in the student affairs concentration. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (30 Credits)

  • Foundations of Higher Education
  • Higher Education Laws and Regulations
  • Higher Education Organization and Governance
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology

Concentration Requirements (20 credits)

  • Student Affairs Foundation and Philosophy
  • Current Issues in Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • Student Affairs Administration in Ground and Virtual Environments
  • Student Affairs Internship

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Purdue University Global's MS in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs program is intended to provide students with the skills to teach or work in administration at the postsecondary level. Graduates may pursue a number of positions at community colleges, technical colleges and schools, universities, 4-year colleges, and others. Some of the positions they could consider may include:

  • Student engagement outreach specialist
  • Student services dean
  • Admissions administrator
  • Leadership program administrator

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