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Department of Educational Administration

Master's in Student Affairs Administration

Program Requirements

Requirements for the Student Affairs Administration Master’s Program

In consultation with their advisors, students must complete 40 credits as follows:

  1. Major Courses (25 credits) Course Descriptions
    Course Course Name Credit
    EAD 805 Administration in Higher Education 3
    EAD 870 Foundations of Post secondary Education 3
    EAD 871 Collegiate Contexts for Teaching and Learning 3
    EAD 873 College Student Development 3
    EAD 874 Introduction to Student Affairs 3
    EAD 875 Issues and Strategies in Student Affairs 3
    EAD 889 Research and Assessment in Student Affairs 3
    EAD 893 Professional Development Seminar in Student Affairs 1
  2. Support Courses (6-9 credits)
    Choose two or three of the following:
    Course Course Name Credit
    EAD 801 Leadership and Organizational Development 3
    EAD 802 Building a Learning Organization 3
    EAD 860 Concept of a Learning Society 3
    EAD 861 Adult Learning 3
    EAD 863 Training and Professional Development 3
    EAD 864 Adult Career Development 3
    EAD 866 Teaching in Post secondary Education 3
    EAD 872 Legal Issues in Higher Education 3

    Note: While 900-level courses in EAD are encouraged, students may also enroll in support courses in other departments within the university. Students may also complete up to 3 credits in upper division undergraduate courses with the approval of their academic advisor.

  3. Practica
    Successful completion of the Student Affairs Administration Master’s Program requires that students engage in two distinct practicum experiences in which: 1) Students must complete a total of 300 practicum hours. Students are encouraged to work a minimum of eight but no more than 12 hours/week during an academic term, and a minimum of 15 hours/week for a 10-week summer practicum to complete all required hours. 2) At least one semester of EAD 893 must be successfully completed prior to the start of a practicum. Students must also be in good academic standing (at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA) to enter a practicum experience.

    The first practicum, typically occurring in the spring term of the first year, will be a guided experience in which the SAA MA Coordinator supports students in locating and securing a position. The second practicum, typically occurring after a student’s first year, will be independent in nature as students will often find their own position.

    The SAA program relies on the generosity of our many Practicum Providers and the quality performance of our students to sustain this essential component of the degree program. The extent to which students become actively involved in the development of specific skills varies by experience. Most practicum experiences include hands-on or applied projects; however, in some settings, the emphasis is on observation and analysis rather than service delivery.

    In selecting a practicum experience, students may choose a setting where they will enhance or develop a current skillset or area of emphasis. However, many will engage in experiences that will supplement their learning and/or expose them to a new functional area. Students should keep in mind that it is not the specific functional area but the opportunity to work in a professional Student Affairs setting and develop the competencies of the profession that is at the core of the practicum requirement.

    All practicum experiences must be approved by the SAA MA Coordinator in advance of the experience
  4. Certifying Examination

    The certifying examination is a 36-hour written take-home exam providing an opportunity for students in the Student Affairs Administration Program to articulate their knowledge about information and issues in the field of Student Affairs and Higher Education. Students are challenged to integrate information from various sources and apply this information to situations that relate to Student Affairs.

    Students must successfully complete a certifying examination during the semester they intend to graduate. To sit for the exam, students must have completed SAA MA core courses (EAD 805, 870, 871, 873, 874, 875, 889), maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.00, and have completed at least one practicum experience.