M.Ed. in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education
By integrating a strong theoretical framework with practical application, this Master of Education program trains graduates for success in higher ed leadership positions. This is a full- or part-time program that is offered in Charlottesville only.
The Master of Education in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education is designed to prepare students for success in entry- and mid-career level professional positions within a variety of post-secondary education contexts. The program emphasizes knowledge of theories that underlie practice, the study of diverse student experiences and development, awareness of the organizational and environmental characteristics of the various types of post-secondary institutions and an understanding of the political and social forces that shape higher education.
Students admitted to the master's program might specialize in general administration, student affairs, or intercollegiate athletic administration, or take a broader approach to explore higher education. Although coursework may vary according students' individual plans, the objectives remain consistent throughout the program.
- An integration and application of the theoretical foundations of higher education; this may include sociology, psychology, politics, economics, leadership and organizational theory.
Principles of Practice
- Coursework that develops and refines core competencies for student affairs, intercollegiate athletic administration or general administration work in colleges and universities and other post-secondary settings.
Reflective Professional Experience
- Professional internships that lead to successful work in specialized functional areas of higher education; the experience includes development of a professional philosophy and career plan, and introduction to major professional and service organizations.
The M.Ed. program in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education offers both full-time and part-time options, though most students pursue the degree full time. Full-time students complete the program in twelve months, with the program beginning about June 10 each year and concluding by mid-May of the following year. Students who are enrolled part time typically complete the program within two to three years. The M.Ed. is awarded upon completion of 36 credit hours.
"What a wonderful group of people to study alongside with. Get to know your peers, maintain a network of communication, make plans together to cover all there is to do and see here as well as bring a sense of balance to your life. One of the most enjoyable things I've done this year is have study parties with my friends in order to make studying more enjoyable and bounce ideas off one another while working for long hours on papers and projects." - 2012 Cohort Graduate
Since this is a one-year, 36-credit hour program you can expect to have a very full and challenging year. Beginning in June, the summer coursework provides a nice entry into the program and an opportunity to get your feet under you as you transition. Fall semester is generally busy as students typically dive into their internships on top of their coursework. In spring semester, the workload shifts a bit as students finish up their coursework and begin the job search.
We often refer to the class of master's students as a cohort—a term that refers to a group that enters the program at the same time and, for the most part, will graduate at the same time. One of the best things about the master's program is the cohort itself—it's a built-in support system, social group, and network. After graduation, cohort members often stay in touch with each other as colleagues.
Students in the master’s program generally choose one of three focus areas.
- Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education (SAPHE)
- Intercollegiate Athletic Administration (IAA)
- Higher Education Administration (HEA)
During the first summer session course, students meet with their advisor to select coursework that will help the student meet their academic and professional goals.
Summer (10 credits) Fall (13 credits) Spring (13 credits) Introduction to Higher Education (3) Financial Management & Budgeting in Higher Education (3) Capstone (3) College Student Experience (3) Research in Higher Education, Student Affairs & Intercollegiate Athletics (3) Internship/Professional Development (1) Organization and Management of Colleges & Universities (3) Internship/Professional Development (1) Elective (3) Internship/Professional Development (1) Elective (3) Elective (3) Elective (3) Elective (3)
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.