Master of Arts (M.A.) Application Process

Admission to the HESAL M.A. program entails a two-part review process, and requires that materials be submitted both to the Graduate School and the HESAL program. These two parts must be pursued concurrently.


Application Deadlines:

The HESAL program has established two deadlines for reviewing applications to our Ph.D. and M.A. programs.

The first is January 23, 2015 and is recommended for individuals seeking graduate assistantships. The second is April 29, 2015.

Note: It takes up to 20 working days for the Graduate School to set up a student record, evaluate eligibility for admission, and prepare a screening packet for our HESAL Selection Committee.

*Applicants interested in graduate assistantships should check out the new HESAL Graduate Assistantship Initiative!

General Admission Requirements

Students must hold a bachelor's degree an accredited college or university and have a grade point average of 3.00 or better (4.00 point scale) on the most recent 60 semester hours.

Checklist of Materials to be Submitted for Admission

All materials should be submitted to the UNC Graduate School:

  • UNC Graduate School Application Form - U.S. citizens may file this form online or may submit a hard copy by mail. International students must submit the International Student Application for Graduate Admission.
  • Non-refundable processing fee
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • Vita/resume of professional and academic experiences and accomplishments
  • Statement of goals - Your statement should include your professional goals, and the relationship of those goals to the purposes and opportunities of the M.A. program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership. You are encouraged to carefully review the various materials provided by the HESAL program (the UNC Catalog, the HESAL website, etc.) so that the statement provided is specific to this program.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation - Recommendations should be from individuals who can address your potential for study at the graduate level and/or your professional experience and potential and should be submitted using the online HESAL Candidate Recommendation form. (link to form)
    • Via the online form you will provide information for 3 recommenders (name and email). The recommenders will automatically receive an email message asking them to complete the letter of recommendation form on your behalf (this is a separate survey).
    • The completed letter of recommendation and recommendation rating form will go straight to the Graduate School and will be electronically matched to your application file.
    • If your recommender misplaces the link, you will just need to complete the form again.

    May also be sent to:

    Graduate School
    Campus Box 135
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, CO 80639