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Hammond Hall 201
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785-628-4291
Toll Free: 800-628-FHSU
Fax: 785-628-4037 

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

The MSE in Higher Education Student Affairs began 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 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)
  • HESA 813  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)
  • HESA 818  Student Personnel in Higher Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • HESA 817  Seminar in Education II: Student Dev Theories (3 Credit Hours)
  • HESA 816  Governance and Finance in Higher Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • AEP 879  Practicum in Education II: Higher Education Student Affairs (6 Credit Hours)
  • Elective (3 Credit Hours)


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


Program at a Glance
Comprehensive Exams 

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, Hays, KS 67601 at (785) 628-4735 or (785) 628-5705, or by email at  Dr. Jim Barrett, Department Chairman, 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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