MEd Higher Ed in Student Affairs Apply

Application Materials

Applying is easy. This program has two tracks - general and executive. When you fill out your application, you will be asked to select one of the two tracks. Please view our comparison guide [PDF] to determine the best track for you.

Then, submit the following:

  • Online graduate admissions application.   
  • $50 non-refundable application fee 
  • Complete, official transcript documenting the award of a bachelor's degree and any graduate courses taken or degrees held.
  • Three references. Your references will be asked to submit their comments online via the online application. 
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable. Please review our TOEFL/IELTS policy.
  • Statement of purpose (500 to 1,000 words, double-spaced) addressing the following questions. You will upload your statement of purpose into your online application.
    • What factors in your personal and professional history have influenced you in the past and now lead you to seek admission to this program at Salem State?
    • What are your long-term professional goals, and how will this program help you meet them?
    • Identify one important issue within the field of higher education or student affairs and explain why this issue is important.
    • Is there any other information that you think would help the admissions committee to evaluate your application? (Optional)
  • Resume. You will upload your resume into your online application.

Please note the following:

  • Once your application is complete, you may be contacted to conduct an admissions interview.
  • GRE/MAT scores are not required for this program.

Application Deadline

  • Executive track - Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Our exective track students begin as a cohort in the summer.
  • General track - Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Our general track students begin as a cohort in the fall.
  • Please be advised that applications will not be reviewed until they are complete (all required materials are received).

Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship Opportunities

Application Tips

  • Apply early! Our students begin as as cohorts, so admissions are stopped for the next academic year once enough qualified applicants are selected. 
  • Submit materials in pieces; we do not need to receive your entire application packet at one time.
  • Try to submit both academic and professional references. Have references speak to your ability to do graduate level work or come from someone who directly supervised you.