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What is a Master's in Student Affairs?

With a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education, you’ll be equipped for a career in student affairs at institutions of higher learning.

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Choose the Right Program For You

This program is 45 credits. Before applying, decide if you want to apply to the on-campus, residential program or to the online program, and complete the appropriate application.

The residential program is a highly-competitive program characterized by small cohorts of 20-24 students and on-campus assistantship opportunities. As a full-time student, you should be able to complete the program in two years.

The online program offers convenience for students who need more flexibility and/or prefer an online learning experience. Content is delivered through CSU Online’s Canvas learning management system. Peer-to-peer and student-faculty interactions are managed online. This program can be completed in three-to-five years, depending on your schedule.

Put Theory to Work

This program is built to give you opportunities to put theory into practice, allowing you to develop your expertise in real-world situations.

Asset 370 Assistantships

Through a graduate assistantship, you’ll be able to apply the theory you’re learning to real situations in a student affairs position at CSU. Available to students in the on-campus program only.

Asset 135 Practicum

In addition to the coursework, students in both the on-campus and the online programs are required to complete two practicum experiences. You’ll be able to apply your knowledge in professional settings before graduating.

Asset 315 Make Use of Your Summer

You’re encouraged to gain more experience during summer break. Many students take temporary positions at other institutions, get involved in professional associations, and/or find enriching international experiences.

Asset 139 Submit Articles to Our Journal

Practice writing and submitting scholarly articles, and develop editorial skills and critical thinking through our student-produced journal for graduate students and student affairs professionals.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Our Graduate Programs Coordinator can answer any questions you have.

Expand Your Knowledge

In this program, you’ll learn the theory and study current research on the following topics:

  • Student affairs administration
  • Student learning and development
  • Organizational management and change
  • Diversity and inclusive excellence
  • Human relations
  • Assessment
  • Application of theory to practice
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  • Courses taught by scholar-practitioner faculty
  • Asset 370 100% placement of graduates annually
  • Final portfolio showcases your professional competencies and self-reflection

Committed to Inclusive Excellence

At CSU, we’re committed to practicing inclusive excellence as part of our mission as a land-grant institution. Our faculty strive to create inclusive environments, welcoming and affirming all members of our community and their various identities, skills, ideas, talents, and contributions.

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Not ready to pursue a degree?

Interested in student affairs or looking for additional training? Not ready to pursue a degree program?

We offer several graduate-level certificates, delivered online through CSU Online for your convenience. Taught by our Student Affairs in Higher Education faculty, these certificates will help you build your skills in specific aspects of student affairs, giving you the knowledge you need for your current role, to move into a different role, or to change your career completely.

Working in pre-college access or postsecondary student support programs?

This new five-course, 15 credit series focuses on working in pre-college and/or college support services that help students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Interested in managing college auxiliary services?

This customizable six-course, 14-16 credit series will teach you how to design business solutions that enhance campus programs and services.

Interested in student affairs administration?

This four-course, 11 credit series is designed to build your skills and knowledge in designing programs that help college students realize their learning and development potential through on-campus experiences.

Looking for practical skills for managing crises?

This customizable five-course series, 15 credit is designed to equip you with practical skills needed to prepare for and manage crisis situations and to contribute to and shape crisis management plans.

Useful Links Graduate Program Resources

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Our graduate programs have slightly different application requirements. Get all the details for your application here.

There are a number of funding opportunities available for our graduate programs.

Learn how your graduate degree will lead to your next career.

View our Accreditation Documentation

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