The Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) M.A. prepares students for careers in higher education including student affairs or higher education administration and policy. The program is comprised of coursework focusing on college students and their environments, current and emerging issues within higher education, research and assessment, and postsecondary administration.

Program Requirements

The 40- semester-hour HESA master’s program curriculum integrates theory and practice. Students complete a substantive core curriculum, as well as a robust experiential curriculum. An internship at an approved site is required for full admission to the M.A. program. M.A. students also complete at least one practicum (and may complete as many as three) and conduct a capstone project in their final semester. For a complete list of courses and requirements, please visit the General Catalog:

Program Requirements

Funding Opportunities

Funding for HESA MA students in approved internships includes:

  • $15,000 fellowship (academic year)
  • 50% tuition scholarship
  • benefits


  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (in both undergraduate and graduate work)
  • GRE not required for HESA MA. If you are applying to the HESA/URP joint degree, contact URP for requirements.
  • Evidence of significant leadership or work experience, writing ability, and fit with the program
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international students)

These are general criteria; the admissions committee considers each applicant's entire portfolio. Applicants will not be considered until they have submitted a complete application packet.

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • A statement of purpose (1-3 pages) that describes your professional interests and goals, whether you plan to enroll full- or part-time, and how your goals and experiences are consistent with the HESA program’s mission and values.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation. At lease one letter should be from a college professor or instructor.*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

Application Process

Please review the required supplemental documents above before starting the general graduate application. There is a $60 application fee for students residing in the United States. There is a $100 application fee for international applicants. To begin the general graduate application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password here:


After you submit your application, we'll send you a HawkID and password to review the status of your application online using our MyUI

Employment Opportunities
  • Academic administration
  • Policy analysis
  • First-year programs
  • Student activities and leadership
  • Enrollment management
  • Program evaluation
  • Multicultural affairs
  • Academic and career advising
  • Residence life
  • International student services
Application Deadlines
  • December 15 (Fall semester)

Application Questions

Sue Cline
Office of Student Services