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Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration - Student Affairs Specialization

T he Higher Education Administration Master of Arts Program with a Student Affairs Specialization is a hybrid program with face-to-face and online components designed to prepare individuals to enter the student affairs profession and to work with college students across multiple areas. Graduates will gain an in-depth knowledge of college student affairs issues that will prepare them for leadership positions and to work in domains like academic advising, residence life, student leadership, civic engagement, student conduct, fraternity and sorority affairs, diversity and inclusion, college athletics and recreation, and many more.

Students in this program are eligible for graduate assistantships within WVU’s student affairs’ offices and programs. Graduate assistants receive tuition waivers and stipends to aid in making college more affordable.

Guide to Achieving a Graduate Degree in Higher Education Administration

Additional Program Features:

  • Students complete courses on-campus with online courses available for added flexibility
  • Students join a vibrant, diverse, and active community of student learners, including a Higher Education Student Association and a graduate student journal
  • Courses taught by leading higher education scholars and student affairs professionals
  • Students complete a practicum experience to gain in-depth and practical knowledge of a student affairs functional area.

Program Requirements

This 30-credit hour program can be completed within two to eight years, either as a part-time or full-time student. Working with an adviser, students complete a program of study that includes specialized courses in student affairs and a capstone practicum experience.

Students that receive a graduate assistantship position must complete the program full-time and reside in the greater Morgantown area.

To graduate, students must earn at least a 3.25 grade point average on all program work and any course with a grade less than C will not count towards graduation. Also, coursework taken more than eight years prior to the date of graduation may not be counted towards the hours needed for completion of this master's degree. 

Required Foundation Courses (18 Credits)

Common Core (12 credits)

  • HIED 648 History of American Higher Education
  • HIED 649 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
  • HIED 650 Higher Education Administration
  • HIED 651 College Student Development

Research Core or other Approved Courses (6 credits)

  • HIED 762 College Student Research
  • EDP 617 Program Evaluation

Student Affairs Specialization (9 credits)

  • HIED 654 College Student Affairs
  • HIED 750 Diversity Issues in Higher Education
  • HIED Elective

Required Capstone (3 Credits)

Capstone consists of placement at student affairs internship sites, monthly group discussions of how theory informs practice, weekly journaling, and portfolio development. Requires meeting with instructor in prior semester.

Program of Study (PDF)