Higher Education, emphasis in Student Affairs Administration, M.Ed.

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Are you looking for a meaningful career in which you can make a difference in the lives of other people? A career in which you could work at a small liberal arts college, community college, or a large university? A career where you will be challenged to develop varied skills in leadership, advising, administration, cultural assessment, program development, or outcomes assessment?

Consider the MEd in Higher Education with emphasis in Student Affairs Administration. 

The program is designed to prepare individuals:

  • for entry or mid-level career opportunities in a student affairs capacity at colleges or universities in, for example, admissions, advisement, alumni relations, career services, financial aid, Greek Life, residence life, records/registration, student activities and student development.  
  • to understand how theory can be applied in a real-world student affairs context
  • to understand current issues and trends in student affairs practice and higher education in general
  • by providing real-world experiences via practicum requirements
  • by providing a knowledge base in student affairs practice through coursework in law, diversity, current issues, research, student development, theory and practice of student affairs, assessment and advising student groups
  • by serving as a bridge to the doctoral programs in Higher Education

Minor in Student Affairs Administration 

Doctoral or master’s level students may elect to take a minor in Student Affairs Administration. The objectives of the minor are to provide students with an understanding of

  • Provide students with an understanding of the theory and practice of student affairs
  • Student development theory
  • Cultural diversity among students
  • Current issues and trends in student affairs administration 

Program at a Glance-M.Ed. in Higher Education with emphasis in Student Affairs_Effective_Fall_2014


Program at a Glance-Minor in Student Affairs Administration


Admissions Procedures  


Course Descriptions


Frequently Asked Questions


Student Affairs Administration Faculty

Lilian Hill, Ph.D.


Georgianna Martin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 


Thomas O’Brien, Ph.D.

Eric Platt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Adjunct Professors

Eddie Holloway, Ph.D.

Shea Howze, Ph.D.

Thomas Burke, Ph.D.


 For more information, contact

Program Coordinator

Dr. Kyna Shelley


Administrative Assistant

Barbara Eyer


Department Address

135 Owings-McQuagge Hall
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, #5093
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001

Fax: 601.266.4233