MS Two-Year Graduation Plan

Flexibility in finishing your degree

The student affairs graduate degree is a 42-hour program that can be completed in either two or three years, depending on the courses taken. Your course load may also vary depending on when you plan to complete your practicum. Graduate students completing 9-12 hours per semester and one summer class will graduate in two years. Students working full-time at MSU or other campuses may want to complete their requirements in three years, and if you are a full-time and experienced employee at Missouri State or an area institution, you may substitute EAD 748 Reflective Moment in Higher Education and Student Affairs for EAD 747 Supervised Practice. Graduate students with emerging practical experiences gain additional experiences through EAD 747. Students must complete six-hours or two sections of EAD 748 to meet degree requirements. We offer EAD 748 in different semesters to provide students more options to complete this requisite.

A sample two-year schedule is provided for review, but students should note that their actual schedule will vary. Students should plan their class schedules according to the educational administration and counseling course rotation as well as consult with Dr. Gilbert Brown to complete a degree audit.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
SAE 721 Introduction to Student Affairs3
SAE 723 Student Development Theory3
SAE 726 Higher Education in the United States3
Total hours9

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
SAE 732 Leadership and Administration in Higher Education3
SAE 747 Supervised Practice3
SAE 767 Assessment and Evaluation3
COU 710 The Helping Relationship2
Total hours9-12

Third semester (summer)

Third semester courses Credit hours
SAE 747 Supervised Practice3
Total hours3

Fourth semester (fall)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
SAE 735 Governance and Finance in Higher Education3
SAE 738 Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Affairs3
SAE 766 Research Methods and Data Analysis3
Total hours9

Fifth semester (spring)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
SAE 729 Foundations of Research3
SAE 749 Student Outcomes3
SAE 747 Supervised Practice3
SAE 771 Capstone Seminar3
COU 711 The Helping Relationship Lab1
Total hours13