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 until Aug. 10

Jan. 1 is the 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.


  • Associate Professor awarded Spencer Foundation grant
    Research to assess how pandemic stimulus funding, expanded Child Tax Credit and other aid shaped student-mothers' decisions and participation in higher education.
  • Say Yes Buffalo awarded $2.9 million grant
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded Say Yes Buffalo and its partner institutions — including UB — a 22 month, $2.9 million grant to increase college completion rates for Buffalo Public School (BPS) graduates. Say Yes Buffalo, launched in 2012, is a community collaboration dedicated to increasing high school and postsecondary graduation rates. Say Yes Buffalo is also a college scholarship program for BPS students.
  • GSE student earns mentorship from Daun-Barnett
    When she was a sophomore at UB, Joanna Saintil was fired from the College Success Center in Buffalo Public Schools' Bennett High School by Nathan Daun-Barnett, associate professor from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. Saintil often challenged her supervisors to do more to help Bennett students. After firing her, Daun-Barnett told Saintil he wanted to be her mentor to get her back on track for her degree.
  • Students from Enterprise Charter School get up-close-and-personal tour of UB
    Twenty-seven students from Enterprise Charter’s Junior Frontiers of the Mohawk Valley program visited the UB North Campus to learn about diversity, intercultural experiences and the importance of going to college. Part of the tour was organized and sponsored by multiple faculty in the Graduate School of Education.
  • Analyzing postsecondary experiences and social supports
    Megan Holland, research assistant professor from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, is partnering with a nonprofit that provides a college preparatory pipeline program for traditionally underrepresented students to analyze alumni data to better understand the experiences of their alumni, including the impact of the supports they receive in college. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.

Questions about the program?

Margaret Sallee

Program Director
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
473 Baldy Hall


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