Overview of Our MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs

The Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs (MS HESA) program prepares students for rewarding careers in higher education. 

Our program is grounded in student development theory and the concept of theory-to-practice-to-theory. An underlying goal is to prepare professionals with working knowledge of how student development theory is used in practice and how practice serves to inform future theory development.

We seek to prepare administrative leaders and professionals who are comfortable working with people of diverse backgrounds, can make decisions when responding to department/unit situations, and know how their decisions will impact other systems (such as departments and/or divisions) within their institutions.

Our 45 minimum-credit hour program offers flexibility for students pursuing their graduate studies in full- or part-time tracks. The curriculum includes 15 credit hours of core student affairs required coursework, a 3-credit hour research methods course, 21 credits of electives, a required 3-credit capstone course, and a minimum 3-credit hour internship.

Students pursuing a bachelor of arts within Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton or a Bachelor of Science in Human Development in the College of Community and Public Affairs are also eligible to complete the MS HESA program in a 4+1 accelerated format

Internships and professional development

Our program offers many opportunities to explore areas of interest within the field of higher education and student affairs. 

  • Internships allow students to apply theory and acquire practical skills while working under the guidance of experienced practitioners. 
  • Graduate assistantships provide additional practical experiences and financial support packages through Binghamton University‚Äôs Division of Student Affairs
  • Our faculty members encourage student involvement and participation in professional organizations, conferences and training. These opportunities further immerse students in the field while they complete their graduate studies.
  • The program also supports the Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA). This student-led organization provides support and services that encourage personal, professional and community development to current students and alumni.

After you graduate

Graduates of our program are prepared to enter careers in the full range of the field of student affairs: academic advising, admissions and enrollment management, career development and placement, financial aid, health services, judicial affairs, multicultural affairs, non-traditional and commuter student services, residential life, services for students with disabilities, and student development and involvement. 

Along with relevant professional experience, our program provides the foundation for students to become higher-level administrators, including deans of students or vice presidents for student affairs in higher education institutions.