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Department of Educational Administration

Master's in Student Affairs Administration

Learning Objectives for the SAA MA Program

The MSU Student Affairs Administration (SAA) MA program is designed to prepare graduates to apply knowledge, theory, and skills to work effectively in student affairs settings in changing postsecondary contexts.

The curriculum reflects the philosophy and goals of the Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education unit, of which the SAA program is part, and the standards set forth for graduate preparation programs by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS, 2003).

In particular, a graduate of the MSU SAA program will be able to:

1. Understand and articulate the role of student affairs in the context of postsecondary education.


2. Reference historical and current documents that state the philosophical foundations of the profession and communicate their relevance to current student affairs practice.


3. Articulate the inherent values of the profession that are stipulated in historical and current documents in a manner that indicates how these values guide practice.


4. Understand complexities of diversity and multiculturalism as they affect higher education and student affairs.


5. Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate theory (e.g., student development, organizational, learning, leadership, etc.) and data-based decision making to assist institutions in accomplishing their missions.


6. Demonstrate a flexible capacity to use skill sets (e.g., technology, distance learning, communication, etc.) to deliver programs and services that engage students and foster student learning and development.


7. Analyze, understand, create, and/or modify learning environments.


8. Use appropriate theory to understand, support, and advocate for student learning and development.


9. Assess learning and developmental needs and outcomes.


10. Demonstrate knowledge of the influence of student characteristics and collegiate environments on student learning and learning opportunities.


11. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and awareness of resources necessary to design and evaluate effective educational interventions and/or programs for individuals and groups.


12. Demonstrate ability to identify and appropriately refer persons who need additional resources.


13. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply a code of ethics or ethical principles sanctioned by a recognized professional organization.