STUDENT AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Education degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAA) is a graduate program that focuses on educating and training professionals to work in post-secondary institutions. The SAA program promotes the integration of theory to practice utilizing a student development emphasis. Students develop a theoretical background and complement their classroom experience with practical work experience. The program is designed to facilitate entry into a variety of student affairs administration positions and to provide current and relevant information through the use of full-time practicing student affairs professionals who serve as faculty in the program.  Some of the many areas in which students may choose to specialize in their preparations or to seek positions upon graduation include: residence life/housing, admissions/registration, financial aid, academic skills, counseling/testing, placement/career advising, student development, student life, student activities/programs/centers, or similar student support services.

The SAA program has two instructional delivery options: full-time on-campus face-to-face instruction OR on-line instruction. The on-campus program is primarily designed to serve students who have not worked professionally in higher education. The on-line program is primarily designed to serve students who are currently working full-time in higher education. Admissions requirements and degree requirements vary slightly between the two programs as a result of different student populations served. Admission to both programs is competitive.

ON-CAMPUS DEGREE OPTION

ADMISSION TO ON-CAMPUS PROGRAM
Admission to graduate study does not constitute admission to the Student Affairs Administration program. Priority application deadline is Feb. 1 each year. Students are admitted for the fall semester only. The application process for the SAA On-Campus program consists of three parts:

Part 1: Complete the Office of Graduate Studies Electronic Application.
Part 2: Complete the SAA On-Campus Application by submitting the follow:
           ·  The electronic SAA On-Campus Application form
           · 
Your resume
           ·
A writing sample
           · 
Three letters of recommendation from your references
Part 3: Finalists will need to participate in an interview either on campus or by telephone with the SAA Admissions
          Committee.

Note:  Enrollment in SAA courses is restricted to graduate students in the SAA program, unless given special permission by the program director.

ON-CAMPUS DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
(38-40 credits)
                                                                                                           Credits
SAA     702     Student Development Theory I                                                  3
SAA     704     Interpersonal Leadership                                                           3
SAA     705     History of Higher Education                                                       3
SAA     708     Diversity in Higher Education                                                     3
SAA     710     Administration in Higher Education                                              3
SAA     715     Student Development Theory II                                                 3
SAA     720     Special Topics in Student Affairs                    Administration*                                                                                           2
SAA     730     Legal Issues in Student Affairs                                                   3
SAA     740     Organization Theory and Behavior                                                  3
SAA     761     Applied Research in Student Affairs                                             3
SAA     775     Student Affairs Practicum**                                                      2
SAA     781     Student Affairs Administration Internship                                      6
SAA     790     Capstone Seminar                                                                    3
SAA     799     Research: Master’s Thesis*                                                       4
               
Total Credits                                                                                              38-40

*Graduate students in the on-campus SAA program must choose one of the following options to complete their course of study: SAA 799, Thesis (4 credits) or comprehensive examination. Students who select the comprehensive examination option are required to complete SAA 720 (2 credits). Enrollment in SAA 720 is optional for students who choose to complete a thesis.
**SAA 775 is an optional course

Students with prior/current full-time work experience in a higher education setting for a minimum of one year (or equivalent) may have one required internship waived (SAA 781) contingent upon submitting required documentation and receiving program director’s approval. Students completing one-year graduate assistantship may also request to have internship waived (SAA 781).

ON-LINE DEGREE OPTION

ADMISSION TO ON-LINE PROGRAM
The on-line program is primarily designed for individuals already working in student services positions in higher education. Preference will be given to those currently working in higher education or to those who have comparable work experience. The on-line admission requirements are as follows:
               
Part I:  Complete the Office of Graduate Studies Electronic Application.
                Part II: Complete the SAA Online Application process by submitting the follow:
                                           ·  The electronic SAA Online Application (available as of 1/2/08)
                                ·  Your resume
                                ·  A writing sample
                                ·  Two letters of recommendation from your references
                                ·  Two additional references in the SAA Online Application form (these should be different from the two
                            who wrote letters of recommendation).
                Part III: Finalists may be asked to participate in a phone interview with the SAA Admissions Committee or
                            Program Director.

ON-LINE DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
(39 credits)

                                                                                                           Credits
SAA     701     Student Affairs and Technology                                                 3
SAA     704     Interpersonal Leadership                                                           3
SAA     702     Student Development Theory                                                     3
SAA     708     Diversity in Higher Education                                                      3
SAA     705     History of Higher Education                                                        3
SAA     740     Organization Theory and Behavior                                               3
SAA     730     Legal Issues in Student Affairs                                                    3
SAA     710     Administration in Higher Education                                               3
SAA     761     Applied Research in Student Affairs                                              3
SAA     780     Applied Project in Student Affairs
                    Administration                                                                          6
SAA     781     Student Affairs Administration Internship**                                   3
SAA     790     Capstone Seminar                                                                     3

 Total Credits                                                                                              39

**Students with prior/current experience in higher education may have SAA 781 waived contingent upon submitting required documentation and receiving program director’s approval.