The MPA + MS Student Affairs Administration Dual Degree Program prepares students for administrative positions in college and university settings.
To be an effective leader in student affairs, professionals must first be knowledgeable of how students grow and develop during the college years and how institutions can be intentional in facilitating the growth process. Leaders in higher education need to employ proven managerial strategies in order to be successful and must pay careful attention to the management of human resources, finances, information technology, and physical infrastructure. In addition to this, leaders should know how to adjust their administrative style if problems are encountered and be able to ground both successes and shortcomings in administrative theory.
By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings, and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, students are often able to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study without compromising the professional standards of either program.
Successful completion of the dual degree programs results in two degrees: a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs Administration.
Students must apply to both the MPA program and the MS Student Affairs Administration program by their individual deadlines. Applicants need to create two separate online (Embark) accounts in order to submit the two separate applications. Each application requires an application fee to the Graduate School. In order to participate in the dual degree program, students must be admitted to both programs concurrently.
|Fall Admission||Spring Admission|
|MPA||January 15 (funding)
April 15 (regular)
||April 15 (funding)||November 15|
The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.
To be eligible, you must have and provide:
All applicants must submit the following:
And, for international applicants:
You must also meet the following program-specific requirements:
*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.
Kristina Lambright, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (MPA)
Mary Ann Swain, Professor and Department Chair (MSAA)
Last Updated: 12/3/13