Our master's program in higher education administration with a concentration in student affairs administration is for you if you wish to pursue a career in college student affairs administration. Our program focuses on providing you with the skills needed to help two- and four-year institututions meet the learning and development needs of all students and to personalize the college campus. Our program is designed to meet the guidelines developed by the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education criteria for master's programs. The guidelines emphasize student development, multicultural issues and practical experience.
The features of our program include:
|Academic credential granted||Master of Education (EdM)|
|Credits required for completion||42|
|Time to completion||4 full-time semesters (part-time option available)|
|Course delivery||On campus|
Areas within student affairs including:
|Supervised professional experience ||300 hours minimum|
|Application deadline||Fall admission only |
Semester 1 (12 credits)
ELP 502 History of American Higher Education
ELP 513 Cultural Diversity in Higher Education
ELP 516 Introduction to Student Affairs Administration
ELP 522 Introduction to Professional Practice
Semester 2 (12 credits)
ELP 505 Organization and Governance
ELP 509 American College Student
ELP 514 College Student Development Theory
ELP 520 Counseling for Student Affairs
Semester 3 (9 credits)
ELP 507 Financing Higher Education
ELP 693 Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs
CEP 532 Research Methods
ELP 539 Program Evaluation and Assessment
ELP 685 Applied Social Research
Semester 4 (9 credits)
ELP 523 Capstone Seminar
Elective Courses (6 credits)
You are encouraged to take any courses in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy that are not designated for specific programs. You may want to consider courses outside of the department that will prepare you for your work after graduation. Please select your electives in consultation with your advisor.
Assistantships are available in a variety of areas that change from year to year. Compensation for positions ranges from hourly pay only to a stipend to tuition remission plus a stipend. Generally, assistantships require 20 hours of work per week.
The application process for assistantships is separate from the program admission process. Assistantship opportunities are posted for the following academic year in mid-January, from offices on campus such as Campus Living, Career Services, Student Engagement, Intercultural and Diversity Center, among others.
While assistantships are limited, new opportunities become available throughout summer and into the fall semester.
If you are accepted into the higher education (doctoral) or the higher education administration/student affairs administration (master’s) programs, check back here for updates on available positions and how to apply. Interviews for assistantships typically take place during the higher education program’s Open House and Assistantship Day, scheduled to occur February 28 to March 1, 2019. In addition to interviewing positions, prospective students will have an opportunity to learn more about UB and the higher education program, network with current and accepted students, and meet program faculty. For those unable to come to campus for Assistantship Day, offices will conduct phone interviews, although we highly encourage you to attend if at all possible.
You must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.
Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.