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

The MSE in Higher Education-Student Affairs will be offered online beginning in the fall of 2014.  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: Assessment and Evaluation of Higher Ed Programs (3 Credit Hours)
  • AEP 875 Seminar in Education II: Student Outcomes (3 Credit Hours)
  • LDRS 650 Principles of Organizational Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
  • HESA 815 Seminar in Education II: Higher Education Law (3 Credit Hours)
  • AEP 833 Student Personnel in Higher Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • AEP 875 Seminar in Education II: Student Dev Theories (3 Credit Hours)
  • HESA 816 Seminar in Education II: Governance and Finance in Higher Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • AEP 879 Practicum in Education II: Higher Education Student Affairs (3 Credit Hours)
  • Elective (6 Credit Hours)

HESA Program Instructors

Dr. Edward H. Hammond, Ph.D., Professor of Education
Dr. Kenton Olliff, Ph.D., Director/Assistant VP for Student Affairs
Dr. Joseph Linn, Ph.D., Associate VP for Student Affairs
Dr. Roger Schieferecke, Ph.D., Director/Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science
Dr. Keegan Nichols, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs
Todd Powell, JD, Attorney at Law

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  Dr. Jim Barrett, Department Chairman, Fort Hays State University, Rarick 232A, 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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