M.S. in Educational Administration (w/spec. in Student Affairs and Academic & Career Advising) HE5

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the HE5 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (3+ Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 36 credits. The detailed M.S. in Educational Administration (w/spec. in Student Affairs and Academic & Career Advising) HE5 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for M.S. in Educational Administration (w/spec. in Student Affairs and Academic & Career Advising) HE5

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Masters' Core   
ED406 Master's Research Methods

Program Core   
ED476 Administration of Student Affairs in Higher Education
ED485 College Students and Student Development Theory
EDU576 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
ED413 Student Affairs Administration: Academic Support Services
EDU454 Career Counseling and Development
EDU470 Multicultural Perspectives in Counseling
ED483 Communication and Counseling Skills for Teachers, Administrators, and Other Helping Professionals


Choose three (3) of the following courses designed to provide foundational knowledge in important areas within higher education or practical knowledge and skills that can be useful to leaders and administrators in higher education settings as well as other helping professionals. If the Master’s Paper (see below) is taken for three (3) credits, it would serve as an elective here.
EDU416 Understanding and Managing Conflict in Professional Organizations
ED419 Life Course Studies
EDE430 Global Issues in Higher Education
ED430 College Retention: Theory, Research, and Practice
ED432 Professional Writing and Communications
ED433 Student Affairs Administration: Admissions and Financial Aid
ED436 How Universities Work
ED437 Diversity and Equity in Higher Education
EDE422 Motivation in Human Development
EDE451 Organizational Theory: Theoretical Traditions, Future Directions
ED467 Student Affairs Administration: International Student Affairs
ED475 Leadership and Management in Higher Education
ED482 Technology and Higher Education
ED484 Student Affairs Administration: Residential Life
EDE434 Master's Academic Writing
EDE485 Student Affairs Administration: Student Activities and Fraternity/Sorority Affairs
EDU485 College Access and (In)Equity
EDE479 Assessment, Accreditation and Accountability in Higher Education
EDU490 Higher Education Law
EDU492 Governance, Policy, and Administration of Higher Education
EDU493 History of Higher Education
EDU496 Fiscal Issues in Higher Education
EDU557 Selected Theories of Human Development


If student works full-time, this may be waived by advisor with approval from Educational Leadership Chair, and substituted with an additional elective course.
EDF497 Supervised Internship in Higher Education (variable credits)
EDF497 Supervised Internship in Higher Education (variable credits)

Additional Requirements   

Master's students are required to complete a culminating experience as part of their degree program. This requirement may be met by completing a Master's Paper (for three credits as EDE461 or zero credits) or Culminating Exam (zero credits). If meeting this requirement for zero credits, the candidate may need to take an additional course to meet the 36 credit requirement.
EDE461 Master's Culminating Requirement: Higher Education


1. The internship requirement can be waived by advisor with approval from EL Chair, and substituted with an elective to ensure a total of at least 36 credit hours in the program.

2. Students interested in also pursuing one or more Advanced Certificates -- see Optional Enhancements section -- can reduce the number of additional credits needed to meet these programs' requirements by choosing electives appropriately. Please note, though, that EDF courses cannot count towards the minimum of 30 credits of coursework required by this program, and more generally, any additional Advanced Certificate awarded is required to have a minimum of 3 credits of unique coursework or internships (that is, credits that have not also been used towards another degree or certificate). Be sure to discuss options with your advisor early in your program.

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences or completing exams).

    Required for Program Completion
  • B.A. or B.S. Degree