Higher Education in Student Affairs - Careers

Our graduates work primarily on college campuses in areas like residence life, student activities, multicultural affairs, judicial affairs, admissions, financial aid, academic and personal advisement, international student services, career services, and more. However, you do not have to work on a college campus, as some graduates choose to work for a company with links to higher education.

Regardless of their career aspirations, our graduates do advance professionally.

  • Jay Carey began the program as Assistant Coordinator of the Salem State College Learning Center and after the program was hired as Coordinator of Support Services for the Center for Adult Learning at Salem State.
  • While a student Linda Bernazzani served as the graduate assistant for this program; after graduation she became the Assistant Director of Student Leadership at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
  • Matthew Kaminski began the program as a Programming Coordinator at Northshore Community College and after the program was named Assistant Director of Student Development at Delaware Valley College.
  • While enrolled Raymond Gordon was a Resident Director at Salem State College; he became the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Sacred Heart University after graduation.

One part of career development is networking, so we highly recommend getting involved in professional organizations through memberships and attending conferences.

Finally, we have a collaboration agreement with the doctoral program in Higher Education Administration at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Our students can take elective courses in the UMass Boston doctoral program and hear about the application process from the program's director. This relationship supports our graduates who want to continue their education.

"Having this degree has opened several doors for me, as employment standards are increasing and employers are seeking graduate degrees. The last two positions I had either required or recommended a Master's degree." Jay Carey, 2006 Graduate