HomeAcademics at HSUGraduate ProgramsMaster of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Hardin-Simmons University recognizes the projected 10% growth of positions within Higher Education and Student Affairs (e.g., Housing Director, Career Counselor, Director of Residence Life, Academic Advisors, Dean of Students, Chief Student Admissions Officer, Deputy Chief Student Affairs, Chief Camp Student Activities Administrator, etc.). In the last 15 years, the career market for entry-level professionals in higher education student services positions has changed with expectations of a master’s degree for most of the positions. For a student leader seeking positions in higher education, the Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) would provide a possible job placement (internship) in one year beginning the first summer session after undergraduate graduation. According to the Director of Publications & Research, Academic Impressions, and a few other researchers (Cook, Marthers, Fusch, Podany, & Whitney, 2017), several trends within the core of any university involve issues related to student affairs. The growing diversity of students, student mental health issues, Title IX issues, and the need for more inclusive and equitable campuses requires the higher education administration and student affairs staff members to understand the importance of the four major frameworks of the student affairs profession (NASPA, Student Affairs in Higher Education): commitment to just and ethical behavior (integrity), the need for new and creative approaches (innovation), ensure access, voice, and participation at all levels (inclusion), and support research and scholarship to ensure that data informs practice (inquiry). Our 30-hour HESA program includes courses that provide thoughtful, positive and productive learning experiences that promote ownership of understanding all student affairs competencies. Mark your calendar for the first HESA Bootcamp orientation on Friday, Aug. 23 (7–9 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 24 (9 a.m.–3 p.m.). Plan to meet faculty members, participate with HESA members during activities while discovering the ‘big picture’ of the program to the minute details or requirements, and share goals or dreams of using the graduate degree. Contact Us Dr. Renee Collins Assoc. Dean, Irvin School of Education; Director, Master of Education in Higher Education & Student Affairs; Professor of Education Request Information Loading... Degrees Master of Education in Higher Education & Student Affairs (M.Ed.) WHY EARN A Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs AT HSU? Online Delivery HESA students are able to maintain current employment, save money in travel/lodging expenses, and have immediate access to course requirements, assessments, and feedback from peers and faculty members. (Fully online delivery.) 30-hour Program HESA students begin program in Fall and have opportunities to successfully complete the eight on-line courses and six hours of internship (at an approved university/college) within two years. Faculty Experience The majority of the HESA faculty members are actively either employed or involved in Higher Education and Student Affairs at local/regional private and/or state universities. The faculty members add real-world connections to the theories taught within the program. Program Details CoursesClick to Open The summer courses following the normal summer session schedule with six hours in each summer session. The fall and spring include nine hours (a 16-week internship, and two 8-week courses). Fall (online) Spring (online) Fall I EDSA 6310 Foundation of Student Affairs in Higher Education 3 hours Spring I EDUC 6301 Intro to Research Techniques 3 hours Fall II EDSA 6320 College Student Development 3 hours Spring II EDSA 6325 Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 3 hours Summer I Summer II EDSA 6340 (online) Organizational Leadership Models & Human Resource Management in Higher Education 3 hours EDSA 6350 (online) Equity and Diversity in Higher Education 3 hours Fall Spring EDSA 6380 Practicum I in Higher Education (internship) 3 hours EDSA 6381 Practicum II in Higher Education (internship) 3 hours Fall I EDSA 6335 (online) Higher Education Legal & Ethical Responsibilities 3 hours Spring I EDSA 6365 (online) Trends in Higher Education 3 hours Total hours = 30 RequirementsClick to Open Applicants for the Master of Education degree must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in all upper-level course work (junior or senior level courses) or a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA in undergraduate work. Admission to the program requires the program director’s endorsement, which will be based on evaluation of the following elements: Completed application to HSU Graduate School Two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic work. Provide a quality sample of scholarly or critical writing OutcomesClick to Open Successful completion of the 30 graduate semester hour academic requirements, which includes the fall and spring internship (EDSA 6380/6381), successful completion of an oral comprehensive exam during the last semester of course work. The content of the exam will be determined by the comprehensive exam committee comprised of three faculty members recommended by the program director. Successful completion of a competency digital portfolio that supports the 10 Competencies within The Joint Task Force on Professional Competencies and Standards with evidence of synthesizing, analyzing, and evaluating the Higher Education and Student Affairs program.