Curriculum

The 45 minimum credit-hour program serves the needs of students who desire to pursue graduate studies in either full- or part-time formats. The curriculum includes 27 credit hours of student affairs-related coursework, 12 credit hours in a cognate area, a 3-credit hour research methods course, and a minimum 3-credit hour internship. SAA students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 and must receive a B or higher grade in all required courses to graduate.

Full-time students should be able to complete the coursework and finish a qualifying examination or thesis in two years of study. The exact duration for part-time students will depend on whether they choose to take at least 6 credit hours per semester and attend classes during the summer. The program curriculum was designed to meet the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Professional Preparation Commission Standards. An outline of the program is as follows:

Core curriculum requirement

Student Affairs Administration

  • SAA 510. Introduction to Student Personnel Services
  • SAA 511. College Student Development: Theory, Research, and Practice
  • SAA 512. Culture of the American College Student
  • SAA 513. Organization and Administration of Higher Education
  • SAA 514. Law in Higher Education

Educational Research Requirement

SAA 515 OR SAA 580I

  • SAA 515 Research Methods in Higher Education
  • SAA 580I Qualitative Research Methods

Program Requirement

Select Comprehensive Exam OR Thesis Option

  • Comprehensive Qualifying Examination: Click here to learn more about the Comprehensive Exam Requirements.
  • Master's Thesis: Click here to learn more about Master's thesis requirements.

Recommended Cognate Areas

Student Affairs Administration

  • SAA 516. Counseling Methods in Student Affairs
  • SAA 517. Engaging Diversity in the University
  • SAA 518. Leadership in Higher Education
  • SAA 521. College Student Development II: Theory to Practice
  • SAA 526. Critical and Feminist Pedagogies in Higher Education
  • SAA 580B. Special Topics in Higher Education: College Access and Retention
  • SAA 580C. Special Topics in Higher Education: Research on Minorities and Demographic Trends
  • SAA 580E. Special Topics in Higher Education: Critical Issues in Higher Education
  • SAA 580G. Special Topics in Higher Education: New Student Affairs Professionals
  • SAA 580H. Special Topics in Higher Education: Theories of Retention and Persistence in Higher Education
  • SAA 580J. Special Topics in Higher Education: Research on Ethnic Minorities and Demographic Trends
  • SAA 580K. Special Topics in Higher Education: Student Addiction Campus Community
  • SAA 580M. Special Topics in Higher Education: Fostering Academic Success and Meaningful Career
  • SAA 580N. Special Topics in Higher Education: Mounting an Effective Co-Curriculum
  • SAA 580P. Special Topics in Higher Education: The Comprehensive Community College
  • SAA 580Q. Special Topics in Higher Education: Introduction to Enrollment Management
  • SAA 580R. Special Topics in Higher Education: Organizational Advancement & Fundraising

Public Administration

  • PAFF 521. Foundations of Public Service (required)

***Students are also required to complete three courses from the listed below***

  • PAFF 520. 21st Century Governance
  • PAFF 525. Public Ethics and Democratic Government
  • PAFF 526. Managing Information & Technology
  • PAFF 534. Personnel Administration
  • PAFF 535. Organizational Theory
  • PAFF 536. Managing Networks
  • PAFF 537. Organizational Behavior

Last Updated: 7/24/14