MS Two-Year Degree Plan

Flexibility in finishing your degree

The student affairs graduate degree is a 45-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 SAE 748 Reflective Moment in Higher Education and Student Affairs for SAE 747 Supervised Practice.  Students must complete six-hours or two sections of SAE 748 to meet degree requirements.  We offer SAE 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 SAHE rotation and consult with Dr. Gilbert Brown to complete a degree audit.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
SAE 721 Introduction to Student Affairs 3
SAE 723 Student Development Theory 3
SAE 727 Inclusive Campus Environment 3
SAE 729 Foundations of Research 3
Total hours12

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
SAE 726 Higher Education in the United States 3
SAE 728 Individual and Group Support Skills 3
SAE 747 Supervised Practice 3
SAE 766 Research Methods and Data Analysis 3
Total hours12

Third semester (summer)

CoursesHours
SAE 747 Supervised Practice 3
Total hours3

Fourth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
SAE 732 Leadership and Administration in Higher Education 3
SAE 738 Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Affairs 3
SAE 747 Supervised Practice 3
SAE 767 Assessment and Evaluation 3
Total hours9 or 12

Fifth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
SAE 735 Governance and Finance in Higher Education 3
SAE 747 Supervised Practice 3
SAE 749 Student Outcomes 3
SAE 771 Capstone Seminar 3
Total hours9 or 12