We seek students with a variety of personal, academic, and professional backgrounds and interests. Experiences in social justice, equity, inclusion, or diversity are valued. Applicants should have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.85 on a 4.00 scale
    • or a GPA of 3.00 in the last half of all undergraduate work; 
    • or a GPA of 3.00 for no less than 12 semester credits of graduate study at another accredited graduate school.

Students who do not meet the GPA requirement are still encouraged to apply. GPA is only one indicator of a student's potential; the department considers many other factors. The GRE is NOT required.

Application Process

Step 1:  Complete the SAA program application

This survey will ask you about your interests in the various program options (on-campus, blended, or online).  And, if you are not already working full-time in the field, you will also be asked about the types of graduate assistantships or internships you'd like to be considered for. You will also be asked to share reference contact information and to upload a current resume and personal statement (2-4 pages), responding to the following two questions:

  1. Describe an important issue in higher education and its effect on students.  
  2. Explain why you want to earn a master’s degree in student affairs administration and why you are specifically interested in the SAA program. 

You may choose to write about why you're interested in the on-campus, blended, or online program, or what specific areas of higher education you'd like to work in if you are seeking a graduate assistantship or internship.

If you would like to submit any updated information, please email us at

Program applications received by February 1, 2019, received priority consideration.  We will continue to accept applications until all cohorts are full.  The Online Cohort for Summer 2019 is now full; however we are still accepting applications for our Fall 2019 cohorts.  See this link for a list of positions still available.

Step 2:  Complete the UW System application

  • For more information on graduate admission to the university, visit Graduate Admissions.  
  • The UW system application requires you submit an application fee and transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Application fee waivers are available to McNair Scholars and current Americorps volunteers. 
  • We will invite students who complete the Program application (see above) to participate in our interviews, but any offers made would be conditional until the UW System application is also completed.

After completing both applications, you can expect to be contacted for a program interview with faculty and current students or recent alumni and, if applicable, an assistantship/internship interview with potential employers.

Selection Process

Students with completed program applications may be invited to interview with the program at:

  • Visit Day at UW La Crosse on February 14, 2019
  • Oshkosh Placement Exchange from February 28-March 3, 2019
  • Virtually, as arranged between candidates, faculty, and, if applicable, assistantship or internship providers.

Visit Days include both academic program interviews and assistantship or internship interviews. The Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE) is designed mostly, but not exclusively, for those seeking positions in residence life. At OPE, we will conduct information sessions and program interviews for those who may be applying for positions at any number of institutions.

Students are not required to attend Visit Day(s) or OPE in order to be considered for our program, as we will conduct interviews virtually, as needed.

Offers will be sent no sooner than March 1, and if candidates are not already working in the field full-time, the offer will include admission to the academic program and an employment offer for a graduate assistantship or internship.

Those applying for our online program will be asked to accept or decline offers by March 15, 2019.  Orientation for the new online cohort will occur in late April / early May, and classes will begin on May 28, 2019.

Those applying for our on-campus or blended program will be asked to accept or decline offers by April 15, 2019. Orientation occurs in August and classes begin in September 2019.

Students can accept or decline before those dates, but no employer or program should pressure students to accept prior to those dates. 

Please direct any questions about the process to or the M.S.Ed. Program Director, Dr. Tori Svoboda at