Master of Science in Education with emphasis in Higher Education Student Affairs

The MSE in Higher Education Student Affairs is offered in two modalities beginning in the fall of 2014.  Current students are provided courses entirely on campus which will continue.  Beginning fall 2014, courses will also be available on-line.  Some courses may be offered in a blended format with both on campus and virtual students in the same class.  Candidates currently working in Student Affairs positions and those seeking positions in a Student Affairs workplace will find this program beneficial.

The mission of the Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) program is to develop engaged global citizen-leaders who have the skills necessary for entrepreneurial leadership, community building, and responsible citizenship. The program emphasizes the importance of blended experiential/applied learning with a solid understanding of theory & research, for work in a variety of settings with higher education organizations. 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 is a 36 credit-hour program. The HESA programs includes: 
    • Practical experiences 
    • Experiential/hands-on learning
    • Culminating portfolio/project
    • End of program comprehensive 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.

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. Jim Barrett, Fort Hays State University, Rarick 232A, 711 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601 at (785) 628-4413 or If you are ready to apply to the program, visit the FHSU Graduate School Website to get started.


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