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Apply: M.Ed. Higher Education Student Affairs

Choose the cohort format best for you

  • Executive Cohort

    All core classes offered either online or in hybrid format. Students meet on campus one Saturday per month and are required to complete a week-long institute in the summer terms.

    Begins in the fall term.

  • General Cohort

    Requires students to attend up to three evening classes per semester on campus.

    Begins in the fall term.

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Graduate Application Process


M.Ed. Higher Education Student Affairs Graduate Application Process

Required Materials  

  • $50 non-refundable application fee 
  • Official transcript or transcript evaluation
  • Three references. Try to submit both academic and professional references. Have references speak to your ability to do graduate-level work or come from someone with directly supervised you.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable
  • Statement of purpose, addressing
    • 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)
  • Resumé
  • Admissions interview. You will be contacted by the department after your application is complete.
  • M.Ed. Higher Education Student Affairs does not require the GRE or MAT.


  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full for the upcoming fall.
  • Apply early! Our students begin as cohorts, so admissions are stopped for the next academic year once enough qualified applicants are selected. 
  • Your application is reviewed and interview scheduled only after all required materials are received.

Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship Opportunities

Awarded only after you have been admitted into a graduate program. You are encouraged to apply for all assistantship opportunities of interest. Below are the various types of assistantships offered by Salem State.

Type Details Compensation More Information
Graduate Retention Fellows Work in a variety of campus offices that support student retention and success. Typically 8-12 positions each year. No specific grade or test score requirement. Tuition remission (excluding fees) for nine credits in the fall and spring terms, stipend ($13.50 per hour for 20 hours per week, and a meal plan. Will be posted here in January 2018 for 2018/2019 positions. Preview fellowship placements include First Year Experience, Career Services, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Student Involvement and Activities, Center for International Education, Admissions, Veterans Affairs, and Center for Civic Engagement.
Residence Life Graduate Assistants Must have prior residence life experience but no specific grade or test score requirement. Typically 2-4 positions each year. Tuition remission (excluding fees), room, board, and an hourly stipend. Office of Residence Life at 978.542.2504
School of Graduate Studies Graduate Assistantships and Research Assistants Open to all graduate students. Specific grade requirements. Approximately 50 positions each academic year. Tuition remission (excluding fees) and stipend ($13.50 per hour for 10 hours per week). Visit the Graduate Assistantship page.
Graduate Assistantship Partnership Program We publicize graduate assistantship positions from local colleges and universities, and the list is provided to HESA students as another resource. Terms of the assistantship and renumeration are the purview of the participating institution. Opportunities for 2018-2019 will be posted in spring 2018.



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