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Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education

Program Details

Build a better college experience that makes a difference in the lives of students. Colorado State University's online student affairs in higher education (SAHE) master’s degree sets you apart as a professional with the knowledge to succeed in a broad range of settings on college and university campuses, including financial aid, admissions, student activities, advising, residence life, and many other functional areas. Develop expertise in administration, communication, and diversity issues while studying with faculty who also hold administrative positions at the University.

Our program combines academic study with practical learning experiences working in day-to-day university operations. The curriculum covers topics in student affairs theories, cross-cultural and diversity issues, learning and developmental theory, current issues and practices, and administration functions and services. Gain competencies that will help you function in an administrative capacity and increase your abilities to manage yourself, communicate effectively, and establish healthy and effective working relationships.

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This program requires a practicum experience.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • A 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript of all collegiate work completed from every institution attended
  • 30-minute telephone interview

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission