Becoming a Student Affairs Professional
The Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) Student Affairs Administration master’s program at Michigan State University is a 40-credit hour program providing students the knowledge and skills to work with students and to cultivate educational environments promoting diversity and multiculturalism.
An Expansive Viewpoint
Students will gain a broad perspective of higher education systems from social, historical, cross-national, and normative perspectives as well as an understanding of central issues in student affairs administration, while also learning how to connect theory to practice. Our graduates work in a number of functional areas, including residence life, career services, academic advising, student conduct, and more.
This program brings an experientially diverse set of 15–20 students together from across the U.S. and abroad. With this diversity, some of our students are recent college graduates, while others have several years of professional work experience. As a cohort, our students complete seven core courses and support each others’ learning and professional development. Individually, our students pursue elective courses.
The diverse minds and experiences, emphasis on collaboration and theory-to-practice, and hands on application were all reasons the Student Affairs Administration program supported my progression and career. My cohort engaged in difficult discussions and challenged norms existing in the field of higher education. The SAA program has been a transformational experience and I encourage you to explore what the program can do for you!