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Prospective Students

The master's and doctoral programs emphasis on leadership, professional competencies, and scholarship will position you to excel in a wide range of leadership positions in higher education, and will give you a broader, multicultural perspective that will serve you in your career and in life. HESAL students will have opportunities to work directly with award-winning, research faculty who all have higher education or student affairs administrative backgrounds. If you want a program that values a practitioner-scholar model, different lived experiences, and directly relating coursework to practice then our program may be a fit for you! 

  • Why HESAL?
    • Core Competencies: Our curriculum focuses on developing the necessary competencies for professional advancement in higher education and student affairs in today's changing, diverse higher education environment
    • Theory, Research, Practice: The HESAL faculty is dedicated to offering a program that values a practitioner-scholar model, mentoring, and advising; along with coursework that integrates theories and research into professional practice
    • Gain Experience: Students engage in practical experiences under the mentorship of experienced higher education and student affairs leaders through graduate assistantships, field experiences, and/or internships
    • Equity & Inclusion: The program maintains a commitment to equity and social justice through the inclusion of multiple perspectives and pedagogies. The faculty promotes an educational environment that values diverse lived experiences, inclusivity, and social justice
  • What You'll Learn
    • Culturally inclusive perspectives related to research, practice, and leadership
    • Strong understanding of organizational dynamics
    • Excellence in professional practice and scholarly writing
    • Research design and methodology
    • Ways to contribute to improving education systems
  • Application Information

    Master of Arts Admission Requirements

    • A baccalaureate, or comparable, degree
    • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Apply to the UNC Graduate School
    • One official transcript from all accredited colleges or universities attended since completion of high school
    • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • Statement of Professional Goals
    • Resume of professional and academic experiences and accomplishments
    • Application Deadlines: January 20, 2020 to be considered for graduate assistantships, and May 1, 2020 for Fall 2020 enrollment


    Doctor of Philosophy Admission Requirements

    • A master's degree in higher education, college student affairs, or a related field from an accredited institution
    • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from most recent degree
    • Two (2) years of work experience in an institution of higher education
    • Apply to UNC Graduate School
    • One official transcript from all accredited colleges or universities attended since completing high school
    • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • Statement of Professional Goals
    • Resume of professional and academic experiences and accomplishments
    • Writing Sample
    • Official GRE scores
    • Application Deadlines: January 20, 2020 to be considered for graduate assistantships, and May 1, 2020 for Fall 2020 enrollment
  • Sample Courses
    • College Student Development: Examines foundational and life span theories of college student development and applies them to students' lives and higher education and student affairs practice
    • Culturally Responsive & Transformational Learning: Develop understanding of learner centered approaches examining theories of culturally responsive pedagogy and transformative learning
    • Introduction to Leadership in Higher Education: Focuses on leadership theory to assist ethical scholar/leaders preparing for leadership roles in diverse organizations
    • Law and Higher Education: Relate statutory provisions, court decisions, common law principles and constitutional requirements to legal problems affecting public and private higher education institutions and systems
    • Higher Education Finance: Analyze issues of financing public and private higher education; examine alternative financing sources and methods; develop skill in resource allocation and management
    • Full M.A. Program Courses and PhD Program Courses lists
  • Resources

    Office of Financial Aid: Connects you and your family to financial solutions such as Grants, Scholarships, Student Employment and loans to help you bridge the gap between what you can afford to pay for your college expenses and the cost of attending.

    Graduate Assistantships: Applicants will have the opportunity to interview for GA positions at Interview Days, these positions may include partial or full tuition coverage and/or a monthly stipend. Check our Funding page for last year's positions, and the Graduate School GA website for any current postings. 

    Disability Resource Center: The center collaborates with the University in its commitment to recognize disability as a valued aspect of diversity and to embrace access to the University of Northern Colorado community as a matter of equity and inclusion. The office provides the University with resources, education, and direct services to design a more welcoming and inclusive environment.

    Higher Education Student AssociationProvides networking and development opportunities to enrich the professional and academic experience of HESAL graduate students.

    Resource and Cultural Centers: The people of UNC are diverse in background, culture, and view point and our student cultural centers and other student services provide support in a personal and caring manner. These centers include: Asian/Pacific American Student Services, César Chávez Cultural Center, Center for Women's & Gender Equity, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, Native American Student Services, Stryker Institute for Leadership Development, and Veterans Services

    Graduate Student AssociationA student-run organization that seeks to advance the interests of UNC graduate students through representation of their needs and support of activities central to graduate education. Resources include research and conference grant funding, social and professional development programs, campus and community partnerships, and general support.

Interview Days

January 20, 2020 is the priority deadline to be considered for Interview Days 2020 to acquire Graduate Assistantships, field experiences, and internship opportunities. Rolling application will still be accepted until May 1, 2020. These days will allow you to get familiar with the faculty, staff, resources, and the culture of UNC and the HESAL department. On-campus housing will be provided if needed, and we will also have the option of virtual interviews if you are unable to make it during the days

Graduate Assistantships

These are the Graduate Assistant hiring units that are committed to participating in Interview Days 2020, and all positions are tentative pending final budget approval. We anticipate that other units and positions will be posted over the next couple of months as this process works itself through. We will communicate these out to you and you may always check the HESAL funding page and the Graduate School site.

*Position job descriptions are pending

Internship Positions

These are the units that will be participating in Interview Days 2020, and will be updated as more information is received. These positions may be available for continuing students in fall, spring, and summer semesters at the discretion of the supervising units.


Feb 20, 2020  1:00p.m.   University Center


Check-in with HESAL graduate assistants at the Office of Student Life in the University Center. More details to come via email

1:30-3:30 McKeee Hall

Class Visit

Sit in on the Current Issues class to gain a better understanding of our class structure

4:00-5:00 UNC Campus

Campus Tour

Guided tour via carts that will highlight campus resources, the library, recreation center, and other pertinent areas

5:00-6:00 University Center

Meet & Great

Use this time to network with GA and internship supervisors before interviewing on Friday

6:00-7:30  On-Campus


Dinner on campus with HESAL faculty

7:30-9:00  Off-Campus

HESA Social

The Higher Education Student Association will be hosting a social with current and prospective students at Brix Brewery & Taphouse in downtown Greeley. This is an optional event

Friday 21, 2020  8a.m.-9a.m.  University Center


Enjoy a breakfast with current students to hear about their experiences in the program

9:15-12:00 p.m.  University Center


Graduate Assistant, internship, and field experience interviews will be held. Candidates will receive a detailed schedule closer to the date

12:00-1:30  University Center


Enjoy an on-campus lunch provided by HESAL

1:30-5:00  University Center


Graduate Assistant, internship, and field experiences interviews held. The Office of Financial Aid will have a table from 2-3 to answer questions. Candidates may not go until 5, if there are timing issues please let us know