M.Ed. Higher Education (Student Affairs)

Program Requirements

This program is designed to meet the professional preparation needs of individuals who expect to work in the field of college student affairs.  Graduates have been employed in colleges, community colleges, and universities.  Some of the student service areas which represent potential employment for graduates include:  admissions, registration, dean of students, activities, fraternity and sorority life, residence life, financial aid, student recruitment, and career services.  A bachelor’s degree in any field is a prerequisite for admission.

Core Courses

21

hours

HE 612: Helping Skills in Student Affairs

HE 614: Administration in Student Affairs

HE 615: The American College Student

HE 639: Foundations of Student Affairs Administration

HE 705: Diversity and Social Justice

HE 716: Legal Issues in Higher Education

HE 743: Student Development Theory and Research

Research

6

hours

REF 601: Educational Research

REF 723: Assessment in Student Affairs Practice

Practicum

6

hours

HE 654: Supervised Practice in Student Affairs

Electives

3

hours

Chosen from approved HE elective courses

TOTAL PROGRAM: 36 SEMESTER HOURS

 

 *This program is intended for professionals who work or would like to work in higher education.  The program is offered face-to-face and online and is designed to be completed part-time in nine semesters.

 Additional Requirements

  1. A comprehensive examination will be given near the end of course work.
  2. A GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.
  3. Students may only earn one course grade of “C” in their coursework.
  4. Students will earn 45 hours of practicum experience as part of their HE 654 (Practicum) course.  Students have the opportunity to retake that course for electives (for a total of three times) to increase practicum hours.

 

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For more information, please contact Dr. Holly Foster (holly.foster@usm.edu) or at 601-266-4621.