The student affairs profession evolved from the recognition that personal development and learning occurred not only in the classroom, but also in other phases of a student's life while enrolled in college. Student affairs supports the educational mission of the institution in furthering the total, ongoing development of students intellectually, emotionally, physically, socially, culturally, and vocationally.
The Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) specialization provides coursework and practica leading to a master of science or master of education degree in educational administration. The full-time SAAHE curriculum emphasizes an exciting blend of classroom learning with practical experience. In addition to coursework (39 credit hours) and two semesters of comprehensive practica (150 clock hours each), students are encouraged to apply for graduate assistantships in the Division of Student Affairs or in related areas. One of the most distinctive aspects of the program is that it operates on a cohort basis, which allows approximately 15 full-time students to enter each fall and to progress together throughout the entire program. This unique structure cultivates support, encouragement, and friendships from the moment that the SAAHE experience begins.