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The mission of the Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) is to prepare graduate students for successful careers in college and university administration as leaders and practitioners in academic and student support services. The HESA program has the following goals:

  • Provide students with theoretical coursework and experiential learning opportunities that create an understanding of central issues in student affairs administration and connect theory to practice
  • Develop in students the competencies needed in human development, interpersonal facilitation, group leadership, and assessment to effectively support undergraduate and graduate education
  • Facilitate an appreciation of the varied opportunities colleges and universities provide to help others participate in humanitarianism, civic engagement, and service
  • Cultivate student perspectives on leadership, scholarship, and management that prepare graduates to work in and to design educational environments that are receptive to diversity and multiculturalism in a globalized society


At the conclusion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Exhibit habits of mind as a proficient consumer of research regarding higher education
  2. Conduct evaluations and assessments of programs and initiatives
  3. Demonstrate proficiency with skills for management of functional units of higher education institutions
  4. Display facility with student and adult development theories and techniques for practical application
  5. Employ knowledge of the structure, administration, and environment of higher education institutions
  6. Present leadership skills and experience with personal and group facilitation/ intervention
  7. Apply perspectives involving multiculturalism and other forms of diversity
  8. Commit to social justice outcomes for individuals and groups
  9. Demonstrate integrity and the ethics and values of the profession
  10. Facilitate intrapersonal development and interpersonal competence

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