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Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Program

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What is the student affairs in higher education graduate program?

We developed our student affairs graduate program at Missouri State to meet the staffing needs of colleges and universities throughout the nation. Our goal is to develop individuals to successfully enter the field of student affairs administration in higher education. Our students leave our program with the following skills:

  • A theoretical understanding of the history and traditions of higher education
  • Practical experience needed to address issues facing campuses in the 21st century
  • The knowledge and skill sets necessary to lead an effective and successful administration
  • Frameworks and skills to be successful, reflective practitioners in the 21st century

Why study student affairs?

There are many great reasons to become involved in the student affairs graduate program:

  • Our faculty hold administrative positions within the division of student affairs, allowing students to share in the real-life application of the knowledge gained in the classroom.
  • Students accepted into the program are given valuable hands-on experiences through the completion of two semester-long practicums.
  • There is a strong possibility that students admitted to the program will be employed as a graduate assistant within the division of student affairs and other academic support programs. Assistantships lower educational costs, provide students additional work experience and allow students to pursue the program on a full-time basis.
  • Our program follows the Council for Advancement of Academic Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and meets the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Professional Preparation Commission Standards.