Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Program

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Why study student affairs in higher education at Missouri State?

  • Our faculty are current and former student affairs and academic affairs administrators and share the real-life applications of the knowledge they teach in the classroom.
  • You’ll receive valuable hands-on experiences through the completion of two semester-long practicums.
  • Many of our students find graduate assistantships within the division of student affairs and other academic support programs.  These assistantships lower educational costs, provide work experience and allow students to pursue the program on a full-time basis; more importantly, students gain one-year of professional experience from completing a two year GA position.  ACPA/NASPA professional student affairs organizations recognize the value of two-year GA experience on graduate job search process. This accomplishment offers you advantages in your final semester job search.
  • Our program follows the Council for Advancement of Academic Standards in Higher Education (CAS) which aligns with ACPA/NASPA competencies and meets the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Professional Preparation Commission Standards.

Developing Leaders for Higher Education

We developed our Student Affairs graduate program at Missouri State University 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 outcomes:

  • Acquire well rounded supervised practice (GA and Practicum) experiences, which supports emerging new professionals creating strong resumes to support their full-time job search during their final semester in the program.
  • Develop an assessment, evaluation, and research (AER) toolkit to support new professionals beginning and completing assessment projects involving Student Affairs units’ impact on undergraduate student success and degree attainment.
  • Integrate a theoretical understanding of Student Affairs history, values, and traditions into their emerging Student Affairs practice in higher education.
  • Enhance emerging new professionals’ preprogram frameworks and skills to be successful, reflective practitioners in the 21st century by helping them synthesize their Student Affairs practice and classroom education into a self-authored pathway for long-term career success in higher education.