Learn more about our Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program.
Master of Science in Educational Administration, emphasis in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE)
Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) is a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Educational Administration. Learning, both in and out of the classroom, prepares graduates for their future career.
The SAAHE program strives meet the needs of all students. The 45 credit-hour program is innovative, inclusive, and comprehensive. We expect to be known and respected for the quality, preparation, and professionalism of our graduates.
Highlights of the program:
- Two year, 45-hour comprehensive curriculum theory and practice
- Cohort approach (14-18 students) which cultivates support and encouragement
- Graduate assistantships and up to 12 credit hour of tuition/semester
- Two practicums
- Full-time faculty and experienced professionals teach courses
- 100% employment rate
- Strong partnership with the Division of Student Affairs
Degree: Master’s in Educational Administration
Emphasis: Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE)
Degrees Offered: Master of Science
Credit Hours: 45 hours
Tuition: Full-time students hold graduate assistantships and some of the assistantships provide tuition as part of the compensation package. Students are responsible for fees and other academic expenses.
Application Review Timeline:
December 1 – Applications Due
Late December – Invitations extended to SAAHE Interview Conference
February 17-19, 2021 – SAAHE Interview Conference
Early March – Admissions Decisions
The CAS Standards for Master’s Level Student Affairs Professional Preparation Programs and the NASPA/ACPA Professional Competencies have influenced the SAAHE Curriculum. Students will learn the history and philosophy of student affairs, student development theory, how to work with adult groups, helping skills, how to work in cross cultural environments, assessment, higher education law, statistics, and higher education business and finance. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to be effective student affairs educators.
The SAAHE program requires two practica of 150 clock hours each for a total of six credit hours (three hours each semester). The first practicum (Practicum I) is typically completed in the summer semester of the student’s first year. Most students complete their summer practicum at a different institution. The second practicum is typically completed in the fall semester of the second year at an on-campus office.
A practicum is a supervised fieldwork experience in which Student Affairs and/or other professionals guide, instruct, and supervise the student’s introduction to a particular functional area or project. It offers the opportunity to gain additional insights of a particular office or program by focusing on specific issues, problems, concerns and demands of that particular unit.
The SAAHE program requires two practica of 150 clock hours each for a total of six credit hours (three hours each semester). The first practicum (Practicum I) is typically completed in the summer semester of the students’ first year. The second practicum is typically completed in the fall semester of the second year.
Students are encouraged to complete their practica in two different areas in which they want or need additional knowledge and experience. Students are further encouraged to complete practica at different locations. SAAHE students have regularly been awarded ACUHO-I, NODA, and NACA internships in locations all across the country. Students have also completed their practica internationally in locations such as Qatar, China and Ireland. Academic credit is granted on a grade basis.
An important part of the practicum experience is the Practicum Seminar facilitated by the Faculty Practicum Coordinator. The purpose of the seminar is to offer students an opportunity to discuss and share learning insights related to their job assignment. In addition, the seminar can be used as a workshop setting to provide students the opportunity to develop other professional skills.
SAAHE Alumni Connections
SAAHE Former Students
College Student Personnel has been taught at Texas A&M since 1973, but the SAAHE program as we know (and love) it came about in 1989. It originated as part of the Educational Psychology (EPSY) Department, then moved to Educational Administration (EDAD) Department in 1991. The EDAD Department merged with another in 2001, and the program is now housed under Educational Administration and Human Resource Development (EAHR).
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This listserv serves as an additional way of reconnecting and keeping up with your classmates, other SAAHE students and friends of the program. Things you may see posted include:
- Periodic newsletters about what’s happening in SAAHE and at Texas A&M
- Sharing of work accomplishments (new jobs/positions, conference presentations)
- Sharing of personal changes (moving to new location, marriage, children)
- Job Announcements
- And other things that SAAHE or Student Affairs related
If you are interested in joining the list you can subscribe by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the message write: SUB SAAHE-L FIRSTNAME LASTNAMEJoin Listserv
The Association of Future Student Affairs Professionals
The Association of Future Student Affairs Professionals (AFSAP) is a student organization affiliated with the SAAHE academic program and serves as a resource for faculty, staff and students involved in the program. The organization provides an opportunity for its members to develop supplemental skills necessary for success in the field of Student Affairs. Students provide and receive support, interact with professionals, discuss and learn about services, and plan and implement developmental programs. Regularly scheduled meetings highlight professional issues, common concerns, and coordination of activities. Programs and retreats focus on advising skills, resume writing, interviewing, conference presentations and publications. AFSAP allows current SAAHE students to help the program develop and change to meet the needs of future students. It also provides rich social and service opportunities for its members.
A strength of the program is that virtually all students receive high-quality graduate assistantships in the Division of Student Affairs or other related divisions/departments within the university.
If you are employed as a graduate assistant, you may receive up to 12 hours/semester of tuition payment. If you are considered a non-resident, you are eligible for a waiver to grant you in-state fees. In order to receive this waiver, you must submit a Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Form to your employer prior to the first day of classes of a given semester. The form must also be sent to your academic department for approval. These forms are found on the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Web page.
Please note that not all graduate assistantship positions may be available at all times and not all available positions. Current applicants should refer to materials distributed as part of the application process for up-to-date listings and detailed position descriptions.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION AND THE SAAHE PROGRAMS?
The general Higher Ed program is geared towards professionals working in the field who want to pursue a master’s degree. The majority of the students are part-time students working full-time in higher education. With this program there is a lot of flexibility in designing a degree plan, which allows students to customize their classes based on their interests. Students are only required to do one internship/practicum and with multiple years of experience this can be waived and the student can take another elective. Students can tailor the general masters to their interest/focus. Students can take some or most of the courses in student affairs administration or can focus on academic administration, education policy, instructional technology in higher education, etc. The elective courses are selected between the student and their advisor to form a cohesive program that fits the student’s interests and goals.
The SAAHE program is designed for students who know they want to work in student affairs administration within higher education. The program is cohort based and the majority of the students are full-time students holding graduate assistantships across campus. The curriculum is very structured and there are only two electives in the program. Students must do two practicum experiences with student affairs units in the university. As cohorts, students tend to take their coursework in a structured order with the same classmates.
Prospective students who know they want to work in student affairs, should pursue the SAAHE program as the combination of practicum, coursework and graduate assistantships will best prepare someone for the job market, while students with more professional experience or who need more flexibility in their coursework and schedule can build a strong program through the masters in higher education.
CAN YOU GUIDE ME THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Completed Application: A completed Texas A&M University GraduateCAS application. The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport. Application Fee: A non-refundable $89 application fee for domestic applicants and $114 application fee for international applicants. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Graduate Admissions Office at 979-845-1060. Official Transcripts and Records: Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. NOTE: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University. For information on submitting official transcripts to Texas A&M University, please visit their website.
HOW SOON CAN I APPLY?
Applications for the SAAHE program are accepted between August 1 and December 1. Cohorts are admitted once a year, and start each Fall semester.
I LIVE OUT OF STATE. DO YOU ACCEPT OUT-OF-STATE APPLICANTS?
Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.