Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) faculty and students spark innovative practice and produce research to address the contemporary challenges and persistent inequities in higher education.

Program Overview

HESA offers educational leaders, scholars, and practitioners comprehensive expertise built from a range of intellectual traditions. Faculty have diverse philosophies, methods, disciplinary training, and personal backgrounds, ensuring students gain a deep understanding and interconnected view of the field.

A hallmark of the Iowa HESA program is its abundant opportunities for experiential learning; through assistantships, internships, practica, and more, HESA students have opportunities for leadership, service, teaching, and research.

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Programs

MA Higher Education and Student Affairs

A theory-to-practice master’s preparing scholar-educators for careers in student affairs and higher ed administration.

PhD Higher Education and Student Affairs

A terminal doctorate preparing scholar-educators for leadership, faculty positions, and policy analysis.

EdD Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

A practice-based terminal doctorate preparing scholar-educators for upper-level leadership.

Graduate Certificates

Certificate in Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Certificate in Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IRE) prepares professionals to use data for institutional and organizational decision-making, reporting, and accountability in higher education and K-12 contexts.

Certificate in K-12 Equity and Inclusion

The Certificate in K-12 Equity and Inclusion offers professionals currently working in K-12 schools, districts, and area education agencies expertise in equity and inclusion to better support the needs and interests of a diversifying K-12 student population.

Faculty and Research

Higher Education and Student Affairs faculty are nationally and internationally recognized in the field and are active in a wide range of research areas.

To see associated faculty, please visit: Faculty Listing.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Minoritized students’ experiences
  • College choice and access
  • Student outcomes
  • Inequality in higher education
  • History of higher education
  • Multicultural initiatives
  • Internationalization
  • Higher education administration, policy, and governance
  • Student development
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Center for Research and Undergraduate Education

The Center for Research on Undergraduate Education (CRUE) implements and disseminates research and scholarship that fosters an understanding of effective undergraduate education.

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Multicultural Initiatives Research Team (MCI)

The Multicultural Initiatives Research Team (MCI) researches ways of being in relationship, constructs and strategies that disrupt dehumanizing practices that perpetuate inequity.

Hear Katherine Broton, assistant professor, speak about her research into food access, scarcity, and higher education.

Missions and Values

The Higher Education and Student Affairs program is united in its commitment to advancing knowledge, and cultivating transformation in the practice and study of postsecondary education.  The HESA program offers educational leaders, scholars, and practitioners comprehensive expertise built from a range of intellectual traditions.  Our differences (philosophies, methods, disciplinary training, and personal backgrounds) exemplify the respect and concern we have for ensuring that students develop a deep understanding and interconnected view of the field.  Together, the HESA program coalesces around a shared sense of responsibility to produce research, and to spark innovative thinking, that addresses the contemporary challenges and persistent inequities that permeate the field of higher education and student affairs.

    Together we pursue these tasks by:

    • Engaging authentically with civility and respect
    • Critically examining issues of justice and social change
    • Offering learning experiences that require holistic reflection
    • Examining the classic and contemporary contexts of postsecondary education
    • Cultivating a caring and dynamic learning community and a rigorous culture of scholarship and ethical practice

    Admissions and Application

    For general admissions information, please visit Graduate Admissions. Please visit the degree pages for specific admissions information:

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    Please review your specific degree requirements before starting the general graduate application.

    News

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    "Where Do You Work?" Wednesday: Aralia Ramirez

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    Hey Hawkeyes! It’s “where do you work?” Wednesday! This week, we want you to meet alumna Aralia Ramirez (MA ‘19 Higher Education and Student Affairs.)
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    "Where Do You Work?" Wednesday: Daniel Schnall

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021
    Happy “Where Do You Work” Wednesday! This week we are highlighting alumnus Daniel Schnall (MA ‘16 Higher Education and Student Affairs).
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    "Where Do You Work?" Wednesday: Dusty Persinger

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021
    Happy “where do you work?” Wednesday! This week, we want you to meet alumna Dusty Persinger (MA ‘19 Educational Policy and Leadership Studies.)

    Contact Us

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    For general program questions, please email us at: epls-hesa@uiowa.edu.

    For admissions and application questions, please contact: sue-cline@uiowa.edu.