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Department of Counseling and Development 

 M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education 



The Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) M.A. program prepares graduate students to function effectively, working with diverse populations, in student affairs at colleges and universities.  The SAHE degree consists of a 48 credit hour, two-year, program that meets both the professional standards set forth by the Council for the Advancement in Higher Education (CAS), and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  This means that our SAHE Master’s students get excellent curriculum and preparation in the theory and practice of student affairs as well as critical counseling-related skills needed by student affairs professionals to effectively understand and communicate with college students. Our Student Affairs in Higher Education program is one of a small number of  M.A. programs in the country that meet both CAS and CACREP standards.

Additional strengths of the Student Affairs in Higher Education program include:

  • Small, seminar style classes emphasizing experiential and case study teaching approaches, where active student participation and learning is encouraged.
  • Full-time program faculty, with significant teaching and student affairs professional experience, committed to educating, mentoring and supervising developing graduate students preparing for careers as student affairs professionals.
  • Diverse student affairs practicum and internship opportunities available at colleges and universities within the region and nationally.  Students receive a minimum of 700 hours of supervised fieldwork experience in the program in at least two separate placements, and can, if they choose, receive a third internship for an additional 150 hours of supervised work experience.
  • Graduate Assistantships available in various student affairs offices at Slippery Rock University and selected local area colleges (over 90% of SAHE program students have a Graduate Assistantship in student affairs).
  • Financial support for professional development such as attending and/or presenting programs at state, regional and national student affairs conferences.

The Student Affairs in Higher Education program effectively prepares students to work in a wide variety of student affairs areas including (but not limited to), residence life, student activities, academic advising, student leadership programs, admissions, service learning, multicultural affairs, alumni relations, fraternities and sororities, student conduct, international services, and study abroad programs.  Graduates gain employment in all types of colleges and universities (e.g., public, private, four-year, two-year) both within Pennsylvania and nationally.  Over 95% of our SAHE program graduates since 1997 secured employment in student affairs and/or enrolled in doctoral programs.

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