Want to combine your talent for leadership with your passion for working with students?

The Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration (MSAA) degree program at Binghamton University prepares graduates for entry- to mid-level management positions in two- and four-year institutions of higher education. The MSAA program is ideally suited for those who wish to pursue positions including academic advising, admissions and enrollment management, career development and placement, financial aid, health services, judicial affairs, leadership development, multicultural affairs, non-traditional and commuter student services, residential life, services for students with disabilities, student activities, and student development and involvement. Coupled with sufficient professional experience, the MSAA may also serve as the foundation for students wishing to become deans of students or vice presidents for student affairs. Graduates of the MSAA program may also acquire skills that are desirable in organizations outside of academia. The curriculum for the MSAA degree program was designed to meet the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Professional Preparation Commission Standards

Student Affairs Administration Curriculum

The program will serve the needs of professionals who desire to pursue graduate studies in either full- or part-time formats. Full-time students should be able to complete required 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.

  • 27 credit hours of student affairs-related coursework
  • 12 credit hours in a cognate area
  • 3 credit hour research methods course
  • 3 credit hour internship (Minimum)

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The Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration (MSAA) prepares professionals

The MSAA degree program is grounded in both student development theory, and the concept of theory-to-practice-to-theory. Thus, an underlying goal of the program is to prepare professionals who have working knowledge of how student development theory is used in practice, and how practice serves to inform future theory development. We want our graduates to be comfortable discussing research relevant to their selected areas of work within Student Affairs and to feel qualified to contribute to knowledge production at a level appropriate to their experience. A secondary goal of the proposed program is to prepare administrative leaders and personnel who are comfortable working with people of diverse backgrounds in positions that require decision-makers to respond to department/unit situations while taking into consideration how their decisions impact other systems (i.e., departments and/or divisions) within the institution. The MSAA degree program, coupled with sufficient professional experience may also serve as the foundation and entry point for persons desiring careers as deans of students, and assistant vice presidents for student affairs.

Last Updated: 7/24/14