M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education
The M.Ed. program in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) is designed to prepare entry-level professionals to work in student affairs and student services at higher education institutions. The curriculum closely follows the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies as well as the CAS Standards for graduate professional preparation.
Residence hall director, Coordinator of leadership programs, Orientation director, Coordinator of student activities, Career counselor, Academic advisor, Assistant Dean, Program coordinator, Assistant director
Typical applicants have been actively involved as undergraduates in student organizations and leadership or in paraprofessional positions such as resident assistants, orientation leaders, and campus tour guides. They are seeking entry-level professional positions in student affairs in higher education.
SAAHE students gain excellent theory-to-practice experience through graduate assistantships at institutions including UNCG, Wake Forest University, Elon University, Guilford College, Greensboro College, and the UNC School of the Arts. In addition, students complete a 150-hour internship in another position, frequently through the ACUHO-I or NODA summer internship program. The job placement rate for graduates is close to 100%.
Faculty research interests include psychosocial and identity development of college students, student sense of belonging, decision to pursue a career in student affairs, college and university residence hall environments, LGBTQ+ issues in higher education, Appreciative Inquiry, Native American/American Indian higher education, African American men in higher education, and college student mental health.
Program of Study
Total hours: 42
- HED 601: Foundations of College Student Personnel Administration
- HED 602: Theoretical Foundations of Higher Learning (Student Development Theory I)
- HED 603: Effects of College on Students
- HED 606: Organization & Administration of Student Affairs in Higher Education
- HED 608: Leadership in Higher Education
- HED 609: Social Justice & Social Identity Theories in Higher Education (Student Development Theory II)
- HED 612: Current Issues in Higher Education
- HED 663: Program Evaluation & Assessment in Student Affairs
- HED 690: Internship & Professionalism in Student Affairs
- CED 610: Helping Relationships
- ERM 604: Methods of Educational Research
In addition, students select 9 credits of graduate-level supporting courses. These courses can be from within HED or from other departments. Typically offered supporting courses in HED include Academic Advising and Retention, Women in Higher Education, Career Services in Higher Education, and Budgeting and Finance in Student Affairs. Students also frequently draw upon Peace and Conflict Studies, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, Women and Gender Studies, African American Studies, African American & African Diaspora Studies, and Counseling for supporting courses.
Minimum Program Requirements
Successful applicants to the program typically have a 3.2 or higher undergraduate GPA, scores in the high 140s or above on both sections of the GRE, scores of 4 or higher on the GRE Writing Test, and prior related experiences. These experiences frequently include serving as a resident assistant, orientation leader, campus tour guide or ambassador, peer advisor, student government leader, or student organization leader.
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