Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Program

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

In our program, you will gain the following skills:

  • Practical experience needed to address issues facing campuses in the 21st century
  • A theoretical understanding of the history and traditions of higher education
  • 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