Course offerings for upcoming terms may be found via the Class Timetable

Dates for future terms can be found on the Academic Calendar.

Program requirements are outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

In addition to the courses listed below, our program requires students to gain significant field experience during the academic year (Sept-May).  Some students meet the field experience requirement through graduate assistantships/internships, while others are already working in the field prior to applying for program and maintain that position while enrolled.

Below are the typical course sequences for each cohort.  Part-time enrollment (taking just one class per term) is allowed, but students must be enrolled in at least 5 credits to be eligible for loans.  

Campus-based blended cohort expanding section

Courses are all either:

  • HY (hybrid - meet in-person 75% of the time, and those not near UWL may join virtually),
  • OS (online synchronous - meet synchronously [live virtually] 25% of the class, asynchronous the rest), or
  • OA (online asynchronous - regular weekly assignments, but no live meeting requirements)

Fall 1st year:  9 credits

  • SAA 700 Professional and Ethical Foundations in Student Affairs (HY)
  • SAA 702 Student Development Theory (HY)
  • SAA 705 Higher Education Values, Philosophy, and History (OS)

Spring 1st year:  9 credits

  • SAA 704 Leadership and Organizational Theories (HY)
  • SAA 708 Social Justice and Inclusion (OS)
  • SAA 765 Assessment and Evaluation in Student Affairs (HY)

Fall 2nd year:  9 credits

  • SAA 706 Advising & Supporting (HY)
  • SAA 720 Special Topics* - typically two 1-credit courses, taught in 7-week format (OA)
  • SAA 775 Practicum* - typically 1 credit 
  • SAA 780 Capstone Research & Proposal (OS)

Spring 2nd year:  9 credits

  • SAA 730 Law, Policy, & Governance (OS)
  • SAA 760 Administration of Human & Organizational Resources (OS)
  • SAA 790 Capstone Seminar (HY)

 *Three credits of electives are required: one must be a 720 Special Topics course, another must be a 775 Practicum. The third elective can be either another topics course or a different practicum. We highly recommend two topics courses and one practicum. Students in the U.S. on an international student visa will need to enroll in 12 credits the fall/spring of their second year to ensure they have enough campus-based credits to remain in compliance with immigration standards. They will add another 3-credit 775 in-person course to their schedule to award credit for their primary assistantship, on top of the practicum.

The campus-based blended program is open to those working outside the La Crosse area, as they can join HY courses via Zoom. The HY and OS courses are only offered when enrollment is high enough to run these courses in addition to our online asynchronous program. We will have a campus-based blended cohort for 2021-2023, and future cohorts will depend on interest.

In future years, if interest wanes or too few graduate assistant positions are available, we would direct students to the online asynchronous or online blended options (and would notify applicants of this well before the April 15 deadline, when students need to accept or decline offers from programs).

Online cohorts (asynch and blended) expanding section

Courses are all either:

  • OS (online synchronous - meet synchronously [live virtually] 25% of the class, asynchronous the rest), or
  • OA (online asynchronous - regular weekly assignments, but no live meeting requirements. Some instructors may provide synchronous options, but none are required)

Every course will be offered in the online asynchronous format.  Courses in the online synchronous/blended format are only offered when we have enrollments high enough to support additional sections.

Summer 1st year:  6 credits

  • SAA 700 Professional & Ethical Practice in Student Affairs (OA or OS, if enough interest)
  • SAA 702 Student Development Theory (OA)

Fall 1st year:  6 credits

  • SAA 705 Higher Education Values, Philosophy, and History (OA or OS with campus-based blended students)
  • SAA 708 Social Justice & Inclusion (OA)

Spring 1st year:  6 credits

  • SAA 706 Advising & Supporting (OA)
  • SAA 765 Assessment & Evaluation in Student Affairs (OA or OS with campus-based blended students)

Summer 2nd year:  6 credits

  • SAA 704 Leadership & Organizational Theories (OA)
  • SAA 730 Law, Policy, & Governance (OA)

Fall 2nd year:  6 credits

  • SAA 720* Special Topics Seminar, 1-2 credits (OA)
  • SAA 775* Practicum, 1-2 credits (OA)
  • SAA 780 Capstone Research & Proposal (OA or OS with campus-based blended students)

Spring 2nd year:  6 credits

  • SAA 760 Administration of Human & Organizational Resources (OA or OS with campus-based blended students)
  • SAA 790 Capstone Seminar (OA)

 *Three one-credit electives are required:  one must be a 720 Special Topics course, another must be a 775 Practicum. We recommend two topics courses and one practicum.