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M.S. in Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership

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Program Overview

Offered totally online, the Master of Science in Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership focuses on preparing leaders to work with people of different ages, genders, ethnicities, religions, sexual identities, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, languages, and customs by exploring the knowledge, skills and understanding of human development; the emotional, psychological and financial needs of students; the impact of budgetary decisions on working with students; the oversight of campus life activities; the recruitment and advisement of students; the realms student life; and all other aspects of student academic development. In the program, you will learn how to better understand and appreciate the needs of diverse populations as a result of your education. The program prepares you as a leader to become aware of the different functions and services offered in an academic institution that you may encounter. The Master of Science in Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership includes three required components – coursework, a practicum or field experience, and two graduate courses in a different area selected by you and approved by the program chair. The program consists of nine core courses. Additionally, you will have to complete a semester-long practicum if you are already working in an area related to academic or student affairs in an institution of higher education or in another setting approved by the program chair where you work with an adult population in different capacities. If you are not employed in an institution of higher education, you will complete a semester-long field experience where you are placed in a setting approved by the program chair and will complete projects related to academic affairs under the supervision of academic affairs personnel. A detailed description will be provided upon admission to the program. Finally, you have the option of completing two additional graduate courses in an area outside of your interest with the approval of the program chair.

Graduate Core

The Graduate Core is an interdisciplinary approach to ensure a successful graduate school experience while also transitioning graduate students into the core values of Cardinal Stritch University and program/career specific outcomes.  No matter what sector of society you serve as a leader, Stritch’s graduate core will enhance your capacity as a system thinker, values driven leader and successful researcher.

Courses include:
  • GS 500 Graduate Seminar
  • GS 501 Introduction to Leadership
  • GS 503 Fundamentals of Research Methods
  • GS 502 Leading Complex Organizations
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time, please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

For additional information contact admissions or program faculty.

Kirsten Brown

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions|Director of Recruitment for the Kellner College of Education, Literacy, and Leadership

Enrollment Management - Admissions GraduateEnrollment Management - Admissions Graduate

(414) 410-4061

Joseph C. Moylan

Chair - Doctoral Programs, District Administrator Licensure Program|Faculty - Leadership Doctorate

Leadership Education

(414) 410-4328