Student Affairs Administration (M.S.Ed.)

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  • SAA is now accepting applications (started November 15, 2017) for the on-campus option, the online option, or both. Applications received by February 1, 2018, will receive priority consideration for admission. In general, we encourage all applicants to be open to considering both the on-campus and online degree options. 
  • To be offered admission to SAA, prospective students must fully complete their application (instructions below), and successfully complete the following interviews
    • An SAA academic program interview with a faculty representative 
    • An employment interview for a graduate assistantship (GA; on-campus option) or a graduate student internship (GSI; online option). For more information on how to apply for GAs/GSIs, please visit our Graduate Assistantship page. 
    • The majority of academic program interviews and GA/GSI interviews will be completed at the SAA Visit Day on February 15, 2018. Students who cannot attend that day may be interviewed virtually for academic program and GA/GSI. 
    • Note: Prospective students already working in higher education or student affairs ("working professionals") only need to complete the academic program interview to be offered admission and do not need to attend the SAA Visit Day. They will be contacted for the academic program interview by an SAA faculty member. 
  • Online Option: The 2018 online cohort begins in May 2018. To determine if you are eligible to be an online student in Wisconsin, check NC-SARA.
    • Online students must already have a position in higher education or student affairs, or pursue open graduate positions at partner institutions such as UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, UW-Platteville, or the University of Dubuque.
  • On-campus Option: The 2018 on-campus cohort at UWL begins September 2018.
    • Students should apply for both a graduate assistantship and the academic program (see instructions below).
    • Students who are not eligible for a graduate assistantship, or who already work in higher education, please contact to discuss options.

Instructions for Academic Program Application

Eligible candidates must: 1. Meet the following criteria, and 2. Complete the 2-part application 

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • An undergraduate cumulative 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). 
  • The GRE is not required.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may still apply and should use their essay to explain their academic background and preparation. Candidates are encouraged to contact if they wish to discuss their candidacy.
  • Note: Once accepted to the academic portion of the program applicants must meet the following conditions:
    • On-campus applicants must be current working professionals in higher education or student affairs or obtain a graduate assistantship from one of our providers in La Crosse (UWL or Western Technical College).
    • Online applicants must be current working professionals in higher education or student affairs or obtain a graduate student student internship from one of our partner institutions.

Applying to the SAA M.S.Ed. program is a two-part process:

Part 1

Apply to UW-La Crosse Graduate Studies:  UW-La Crosse Admissions Office- Graduate Admissions. International applicants apply through the Office International Education.

  • A few days after you complete this application, you will receive access to WINGS. Here, you can monitor your application status.
  • Questions about transcripts should be directed to Brandon Schaller ( in the Admissions Office.

Part 2

Complete the SAA Department application process:

  • Submit the following items as pdf attachments in one email to Include your name and which program you are applying to (on-campus, online, or both) in the subject line:
    • Current Resume
    • Personal Essay (Maximum 500 words for each part, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font)
      • Part I– Describe an important issue in higher education and its effect on students.  
      • Part II – Explain why you want to earn a master’s degree in student affairs administration and why you are interested in the SAA Department at UW-La Crosse. 

Additional Information

  • Candidates will be notified as soon as an admissions decision has been reached. This will typically not happen prior to February 15, 2018. 
Application notice

We seek students with a variety of personal and professional backgrounds and interests. No particular undergraduate major is required or preferred.  Personal, academic, and professional experiences in social justice, equity, inclusion, or diversity,  are valued but not required.