The Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development

The Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development (EAHR) develops educational leaders and improves practice through teaching, research and service in the areas of public school administration, human resource development, higher education administration, adult education and student affairs administration. Statewide and nationally, EAHR graduates, faculty and staff play major roles in the education of children and adults.

As one of four departments in the School of Education and Human Development, EAHR is currently home to about 380 undergraduate students, 392 graduate students, 22 faculty and 22 staff.

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“What I enjoy most are the opportunities to work with such a diverse, intelligent, talented group of life-long learners,” said Druery. “People who are helpful, friendly and want to see you succeed encourage me on a daily basis.”

 – Donna Druery

Master's in Educational Administration, emphasis in:

Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education

Master of Science in Educational Administration, emphasis in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE)

Webinar Series

  • November 4, 2:00 pm (CST) – Most student affairs graduate programs will provide experiential learning.  Join us for a discussion considering what you are looking for in the experiential learning portion of your graduate program.
  • November 14, 6:00 pm (CST) – Connect with current students and hear about their experience at Texas A&M University

All the information sessions can be accessed via the Zoom link below:

Meeting ID: 944 9455 1949

Passcode: saahe

Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) is a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Educational Administration.

Our SAAHE program strives meet the needs of all students. This 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.

Program Highlights

  • 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

Please fill out the Texas A&M SAAHE Interest Form to receive more information about the program or to set up a meeting with a current student or faculty member.


Admissions Deadline: December 1

To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the EAHR department and Texas A&M University.

How to apply

Program Details

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.

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Application Review Timeline

December 1  –  Applications Due
Late December  –  Invitations extended to SAAHE Interview Conference
Mid-February –  SAAHE Interview Conference
Early March  –  Admissions Decisions

Core Curriculum

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 study areas and topics such as:

  • 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 and statistics
  • Higher education law, and
  • Higher education business and finance.

Our curriculum is designed to prepare students to be effective student affairs educators.

SAAHE Practicum

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.

Learn more about the Practicum

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.

  • Students are encouraged to complete their practica in two different areas in which they want or need additional knowledge and experience. Students are also encouraged to complete practica at different locations. Former students have completed their practica internationally in locations such as Qatar, China and Ireland.
  • Academic credit is granted on a grade basis.
  • SAAHE students have regularly been awarded ACUHO-I, NODA, and NACA internships in locations all across the country.
  • 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 History of Excellence

The Texas A&M SAAHE program started in 1989. It originated as part of the Educational Psychology (EPSY) Department, then moved to the 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).

SAAHE Former Students

If you are an SAAHE former student and have recently received a promotion or changed jobs, contact Dr. Krista Bailey.

Former Students & Friends Listserv (SAAHE-L)

This listserv serves as an additional way of reconnecting and keeping up with your classmates, other SAAHE students, and friends of the program. Types of information we share 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
  • Items that are SAAHE or Student Affairs related

If you are interested in joining the list you can subscribe by sending an e-mail to: In the body of the message write: SUB SAAHE-L Firstname Lastname

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 that serves as a resource for faculty, staff and students.

This organization provides an opportunity for its members to develop supplemental skills necessary for success in the Student Affairs field. Students provide and receive support, interact with professionals, discuss and learn about services, as well as 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.


One of our program’s greatest strengths is our students who 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.

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 SAAHE programs?

The general Higher Ed program is geared toward 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 flexibility in the degree program design, students can customize their classes based on their interests. Students are only required to do one internship/practicum; however, this can be waived based on existing experience. Elective courses are selected with an 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 with 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. Students with more professional experience or who need more flexibility in their coursework and schedule should pursue the higher education program.

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. Learn more about submitting official transcripts.

How to Apply:

How soon can I apply?

  • Applications for the M.Ed. in Educational Administration program are accepted between August 1 and December 1.
  • Cohorts are admitted once a year, and start each Fall semester.

I don't live in Texas. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?

Yes. We accept both in-state and out-of-state applicants.

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