Higher Education and Student Affairs, EdM

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Our master's program in higher education and student affairs is for you if you wish to pursue a career in higher education working directly with college students in student affairs, academic affairs, enrollment management, or related units. Our program focuses on providing you with the skills needed to help two- and four-year institutions 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.

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Why Higher Education and Student Affairs at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • exposure to relevant professional organizations and issues through conferences, journals and speakers
  • practical experience in assistantships, internships or professional work settings that provide opportunities to practice, apply and discuss the real-life application of theories learned in the classroom
  • nationally recognized faculty based on scholarship and research, leadership in professional organizations, and significant awards
  • a strong relationship with the UB Division of Student Life, which has historically supported our students and graduates
  • a well-established network of colleges and universities in the Western New York area that provide opportunities for assistantships, internships and employment upon graduation

Program Overview

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 academic and student affairs including:

  • academic advising
  • admissions
  • career exploration
  • Greek affairs
  • leadership development
  • multicultural/diversity services
  • new student programming/orientation
  • residence life and student housing
  • student activities
  • student wellness
Supervised professional experience
300 hours minimum
Application deadline Fall admission only
Jan. 1, then rolling

Jan. 1 is priority deadline for assistantship consideration

In the News

Faculty and student stories featuring the inspirational work happening within our walls out out in our community.


Questions about the program?

Program Director
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
473 Baldy Hall


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Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus

University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.