Master of Science in Education with emphasis in Higher Education-Student Affairs (HESA)

Student courses are offered in a blended format for both on campus and virtual students.  This program will be especially beneficial for candidates currently working in Student Affairs positions and those seeking positions in a Student Affairs workplace.

Engaged learners will interact via innovative technologies, face-to-face, and hybrid modes of service delivery.

The M.S.E in Higher Education-Student Affairs (HESA) is a 36 credit-hour program.  The HESA programs includes:

  • Practical experiences
  • Experiential/hands-on learning
  • Culminating portfolio/project and examination
  • Students typically complete their degree in 18-24 months.
  • Coursework has been designed to promote reflection and critical thinking.
  • You will discover authentic learning experiences with real-life application.
  • The HESA curriculum was developed in consultation with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Masters-Level Student Affairs Administration Preparation Programs, as well as the ACPA and NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners.

Required Courses:

  • AEP 839 Research Design (3 credit hours)
  • AEP 880 Cultural Diversity (3 credit hours)
  • AEP 875 Seminar in Education II: Student Outcomes (3 credit hours)
  • AEP 875 Seminar in Education II: Student Dev Theories (3 credit hours)
  • AEP 879 Practicum in Education II: Higher Education Student Affairs (6 credit hours)
  • LDRS 650 Principles of Organizational Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • HESA 813 Assessment and Evaluation of Higher Ed Programs (3 credit hours)
  • HESA 815 Seminar in Education II: Higher Education Law (3 credit hours)
  • HESA 816 Seminar in Education II: Governance and Finance in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • HESA 818 Student Personnel in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • Elective (3 Credit Hours)


 Optional Elective Courses:

  • AEP 873 Title IX Investigations and Working with Survivors and Accused (3 credit hours)
  • LDRS 600 VB Leadership of Title IX in Higher Education (3 credit hours)


HESA Program Professors

Dr. Edward H. Hammond, Professor of Advanced Education Programs
Dr. Joseph Linn, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Keegan Nichols, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Michelle Robinson, Assistant Professor of Advanced Education Programs 
Dr. Roger Schieferecke, Director, Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science

Learn More about the M.S.E. in Higher Education-Student Affairs

Contact Information
If you are interested in learning more about the Higher Education Student Affairs program, please contact Dr. Edward Hammond, Program Director, Fort Hays State University, Rarick 219, Hays, KS 67601 at (785) 628-5705, or by email at ehammond@fhsu.edu.  Dr. Jim Barrett, Department Chairman, Fort Hays State University, Rarick 232A, Hays, KS 67601 at (785) 628-4413 or jbarrett@fhsu.edu. If you are ready to apply to the program, visit the FHSU Graduate School Website to get started.

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