MA in Student Affairs Program Detail

Goals of the MA in Student Affairs


Through the program, the student: 

  • Applies developmental theory to practice within student affairs. 
  • Articulates an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of student affairs practitioners within the institutional and broader higher education contexts. This includes legal issues, program and policy development and implementation, and institutional communications.
  • Demonstrates helping competencies (e.g. active listening skills and communication skills, crisis management skills, discernment and use of appropriate referrals).
  • Applies an understanding of relational practice and relational leadership frameworks in the context of student affairs (mentoring, advising, supervising, outreach, etc.) to facilitate a growth-producing learning community.
  • Demonstrates a keen awareness of the ethical complexities within student affairs, a commitment to ethical practice and an adherence to the ethical standards within the profession. 
  • Demonstrates an awareness of social justice issues within the individual, group and larger systems levels in higher education, and advocates for safe spaces, inclusion, and equity.
  • Selects, develops, administers and interprets appropriate assessment methods to drive program and co-curricular improvements.


MA in Student Affairs

 

First Tier Courses (15 credits)

STA 703 Foundations of Student Affairs

PRC 701 Human Growth and Lifespan Development

PRC 702 Social and Cultural Foundations

PRC 705 Helping Relationships

PRC 733 Research Methods and Program Evaluation

Second Tier Courses (18 credits)

STA 704 Relational Practice and Leadership

STA 711 Legal Issues and Administration of Student Affairs Programs

STA 725 Co-Curricular Programming and Assessment of Student Learning

3-credit elective (electives should be scheduled in consultation with your advisor)

3-credit elective (electives should be scheduled in consultation with your advisor)

3-credit elective (electives should be scheduled in consultation with your advisor)

Third Tier (3 credits)

STA 745 Internship I in Student Affairs with Seminar

 

***MA students are invited to take electives in counseling, our MBA program, and our online teaching and instructional design program

 

Dual Degree - MA in Student Affairs and MS in Professional Counseling

 

Required for Professional Counseling

First Tier Courses

 

  • PRC 708 Ethics & Professional Orientation
  • PRC 710 Counseling Theory
  • PRC 711 Diagnosis in Counseling

 

Second Tier Courses

 

  • PRC 712 Families and Larger Systems
  • PRC 713 Group Counseling
  • PRC 721 Career and Lifestyle Counseling
  • PRC 735 Psychological Assessment

 

Third Tier Courses

 

  • PRC 740 Practicum with Seminar
  • PRC 760 Internship I with Seminar
  • PRC 761 Internship II with Seminar

 

Required for PRC AND STA

First Tier Courses

 

  • PRC 701 Human Growth & Lifespan Dev.
  • PRC 702 Social & Cultural Foundations
  • PRC 705 Helping Relationships

 

Second Tier Courses

 

  • PRC 733 Research Methods & Program Dev.
  • 3-Credit Elective in either PRC or STA

 

Required for Student Affairs

First Tier Courses

 

  • STA 703 Foundations of Student Affairs 

 

Second Tier Courses

 

  • STA 704 Relational Practice and Leadership
  • STA 711 Legal Issues & Admin. St. Affairs Programs
  • STA 725 Co-Curricular Prog. & Assess. of St Learning

 

Third Tier Courses

 

  • 3-Credit Elective or STA 745 Internship I in Student Affairs with Seminar