M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership

Program Description

The Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is a 39 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 which assist you in preparing for a vocation in higher education's diverse environments. Opportunities are encouraged and provided for practical experiences under the mentorship of experienced higher education and student affairs leaders.

For specific details on program requirements, curriculum, and course descriptions, please consult the University of Northern Colorado's Graduate Catalog.

Program Approach to Graduate Study

The HESAL program embraces a community-of-scholars model of interaction among students and faculty. The students are viewed as colleagues with progressively higher levels of responsibility and expertise. Cooperative research and other scholarly projects are encouraged among students and faculty.

Commitment to Diversity

The HESAL Program is committed to social justice in an atmosphere of social care. Specifically, we are committed to creating an atmosphere which supports multiple perspectives and diverse students, both in the pursuit of individual research and as a community of scholars. In addition to specific courses dedicated to the topic, multicultural perspectives are woven throughout the curriculum. Space is created for multiple voices through the use of literature, activities, and dialogue that challenge traditional paradigms and explore more inclusive perspectives regarding research, practice, and leadership.