Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership M.A.

Program Overview

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Site: Extended Campus/Distance
Mode: On-line
Start terms: Fall, Spring

Program Coordinator: Tucker Gardiner, Ph.D.

Location: McKee 418

Telephone: 970.351.2861

Email: HESAL@unco.edu

Website: www.unco.edu/cebs/leadership-policy-development-higher-education-p12-education/higher-education-student-affairs-leadership/

The Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is a 36 credit hour program that prepares effective student affairs professionals who value a social justice perspective. Students take a wide array of courses in consultation with an assigned advisor who assists you in preparing for a vocation in higher education and student affairs' diverse environments. Students are required to earn three (3) credit hours of field experience under the mentorship of experienced higher education and student affairs leaders. The HESAL M.A. program follows applicable C.A.S. standards. For specific details on program requirements, curriculum, and course descriptions, please consult the University of Northern Colorado's Graduate Catalog.


General Master's Degree Admission Requirements

Program Requirements:

Students must hold a bachelor's degree in any major from an accredited institution.

Degree Requirements — 36 Credits

Required Courses — 30 hours

HESA 601Introduction to Higher Education & Student Affairs


HESA 611Organization and Administration


HESA 612Higher Education Assessment and Evaluation


HESA 650College Student Development: Foundational Theory


HESA 655Multiculturalism in Higher Education and Student Affairs


HESA 671Introduction to Leadership in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership


HESA 675Field Experience in Student Affairs

1- 3

HESA 680Law and Higher Education


HESA 683Finance and Resource Management in Higher Education


SRM 600Introduction to Graduate Research


HESA 675: minimum of 3 credits to meet program requirements

Elective Courses — 6 hours

MA students are required to take 6 credit hours of HESAL coursework at the 600 level from the following courses:

HESA 658Helping Skills for Practitioners


HESA 695Current Issues in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership


Program Notes

Satisfactory performance on a concluding activity approved by program faculty, in accordance with Graduate School policy, must be demonstrated. All coursework for the program must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

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