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Master of Education in Higher Education in Student Affairs

Consider a career in student affairs administration, a profession that supports college students and promotes learning outside of the classroom.


Program Overview

General versus Executive Cohort

  • Evening classes on campus 2-3 nights per week
  • One week winter institute course (Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm)
  • Hybrid and online elective options
  • Online/hybrid classes with five Saturday in-class meetings per semester.
  • Two one-week summer institutes (Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm)
  • Hybrid and online elective options

Elective courses can be taken in any semester. Common elective options include:

  • Current issues in student affairs
  • Applied leadership in higher education
  • LGBT issues in higher education
  • Issues and trends in international student affairs

The HESA curriculum requires one practica and encourages students to consider taking a second practicum to fulfill one of the three required electives. Each practicum includes 135 hours of supervised fieldwork in a student affairs organizational setting. HESA faculty provides students with assistance locating practicum opportunities. The focus of practica is the integration of theory and practice. Practica can be completed at Salem State University or at another institution with permission of the program coordinator. Recent practicum placements include:

  • Bentley University
  • Emmanuel College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • North Shore Community College
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Massachusetts Boston

The culminating experience in the HESA program is a professional e-portfolio. Students work through the graduate program to develop and document their achievement of 10 professional competency areas articulated by ACPA and NASPA, two national student affairs organizations. The professional competencies addressed in the HESA curriculum include:

  • Advising and supporting
  • Social justice and inclusion
  • Student learning and development
  • Leadership
  • Values, philosophy, and history
  • Assessment, evaluation, and research
  • Organization and human resources
  • Law, practice, and governance
  • Personal and ethical foundations
  • Technology

Program Highlights


Graduate Assistantship Opportunities







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