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.
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 academic and student affairs including:
|Supervised professional experience ||300 hours minimum|
|Application deadline||Fall admission only |
Jan. 1, then rolling
Jan. 1 is priority deadline for assistantship consideration
Our higher education and student affairs master's degree program (42 credit hours) is offered:
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 in-state tuition remission plus a stipend. Generally, assistantships require 20 hours of work per week. When students apply for admission to the program, they can simultaneously apply for graduate assistantships.
For students applying for fall 2021 admissions consideration, interviews will be conducted virtually. In addition to interviewing for positions, prospective students will have an opportunity to learn more about UB and the higher education and student affairs program, network with current and accepted students, and meet program faculty.
A sampling of offices and positions that have historically participated in our interview and selection process include:
While assistantships are limited, new opportunities also become available throughout summer and into the fall semester.
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.
If you are currently unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.
The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test at a test center due to public health concerns.