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Prepare for a career in student affairs

Develop the skills to work with students and personnel in a university setting

Student Affairs in Higher Education (Master of Arts)

Offered by: Counseling and Development

The Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Master of Arts program at SRU prepares graduate students to work closely with diverse student populations and college personnel in all areas of student affairs at colleges and universities. Students in this program gain knowledge in the theory and practice of student affairs, and critical counseling-related skills to effectively understand and communicate with college students.

Description

The Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in the student affairs division of a college or university. Graduates receive the qualifications and training for employment in a variety of student affairs functional areas, including: housing and residence life, career services, student activities, admissions, multicultural student services, leadership programs, academic advising, orientation, judicial affairs, international student services, financial aid, and Greek life.

Highlights

Features of this program include:

  • Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)*
  • Meets professional standards set by Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)
  • 48 credit-hour cohort program

Requirements

  • Online Application and Application Fee
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 to be considered for unconditional admission. Students with a grade point average below a 3.0 must submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores forwarded to the Graduate Admissions Office.  SRU's GRE code is 2658 and is MAT code is 1660.
  • Personal Statement indicating their interest in the program, experience, and career goals (please see prompt on the form).
  • Reference Release Form listing your two academic references. 
  • Two Reference Forms from a former or current college or university faculty member with knowledge of the applicant's academic aptitude, suitability for intended program area, and ability to form interpersonal relationships.  Recommendations must be on the appropriate forms, which are available electronically at www.sru.edu/graduate, under "Forms" or in the link above. 
  • Official Transcripts- Undergraduate/Graduate (Official transcripts must be sent by institution via electronic transcript e-share to graduate.admissions@sru.edu or via mail- faxed copies will not be considered official)

*The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Slippery Rock University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation cycle runs through March of 2017. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is currently accredited under the 2001 Standards for Community Counseling Programs as a Community Counseling program. The 2009 Standards combine the Standards for Community Counseling Programs and Standards for Mental Health Counseling Programs into Standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs. The counseling program is currently seeking accreditation for this program when it comes up for re-accreditation, per CACRAP guidelines.)