Student Affairs Administration (M.S.Ed.)

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To be considered for admission to and enrollment in SAA, prospective students for the M.S.Ed. degree must obtain a position in higher education or student affairs. For applicants who are not already working in higher education or student affairs as a bachelor-level professional, this position typically comes in the form of a 20-hr/week paid Graduate Assistantship (GA) at UW-La Crosse or Western Technical College (on-campus option) or a 20-hr/week paid Graduate Student Internship (GSI) at one of our four partner institutions (online option). 

On-Campus Option GA Positions:

For all UW-La Crosse GA positions, the position descriptions are hyperlinked below. Applications either go through UWL Human Resources or Western Technical College's Employment Site.

Online Option GSI Positions:

Online option applicants who want to be considered for positions at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, UW-Platteville, or the University of Dubuque, should refer to the hyperlinked job descriptions below for application procedures. 

Please check this page often between December 1, 2017 and Feburary 1, 2018 for additional GA/GSI opportunities become available and for updated hyperlinks to position descriptions.

Note: First review date is February 1st for all positions unless otherwise noted on position description. As positions fill, their listings will be removed from this site. 

UWL & WTC GA Positions - Fall 2018 (on-campus option) 

UW-Eau Claire GSI Positions - Summer/Fall of 2018 (online option) 

U. of Dubuque GSI Position - Summer/Fall of 2018 (online option) 

UW-Stout GSI Positions - Summer/Fall of 2018 (online option) 

UW-Platteville GSI Positions - Summer/Fall of 2018 (online option) 

Important Information:

  • GAs at UWL and Western Technical College are available to students in the On-Campus option.  GSIs at partner institutions are available to students in the Online option. During the recruitment process, students should be open to applying to both the online and on-campus options. 
  • The total number of positions varies year by year depending on funding.
  • A GA/GSI typically consists of 20 hours worked per week with a 9- or 10-month salary ranging from $11,075 (starting fiscal year 2019) to about $14,000. For specific salaries and benefits, please check the individual position descriptions or with the listed contact. 
  • The SAA Department cannot waive in-state tuition for students who have a GA/GSI (i.e, we are unable to offer tuition remission).  A portion of the out-of-state tuition cost may be waived for on-campus option students who are residents of states other than Minnesota and Wisconsin. Please check the financial information page for more information.
  • Per UWL Graduate Studies policy, incoming students must have a minimum 2.85 GPA to be eligible for a GA position at UWL or Western Technical College. Students must be enrolled at UWL for credit or GRC 799 to remain eligible for a GA position and maintain a 3.0 GPA in the program. Students may be awarded a graduate assistantship for no more than four semesters and two summers.
  • On-campus option students with a GA are eligible for health insurance benefits.  For more info about health insurance costs and benefits, go to HR Benefits Orientation Presentation and contact UWL Human Resources with questions.
  • Online option students with a GSI at a partner institution should check with the position contact to see whether health insurance benefits are available.