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Combine classroom learning with practical, hands-on work experience in our Master of Arts graduate program in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE).
You’ll gain an understanding of the contemporary issues in higher education, and student affairs’ role in helping college students succeed. You’ll learn from dedicated faculty members who are not only scholars in higher education and student affairs but also practicing student affairs administrators.
When you complete this 30-credit program, which is offered by Ball State’s prestigious Teachers College and cosponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, you’ll be prepared to work in a wide range of college and university academic and student support services such as housing and residence life, admissions, student life, career centers, and student center programs.
Combine Theory with Hands-on Experience
We'll help you understand the issues facing college students today and the important role student affairs educators have in enhancing learning both in and out of the classroom.
When you complete this program you’ll understand:
- The developmental process and needs of college students.
- Learning and service roles of academic and student services.
- Contemporary issues in American higher education.
- How to apply theory to practice.
- How to apply research, evaluation, and assessment to practice.
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Our program requires a minimum of 30 credits. Eight courses (24 credits) are required, and the remaining credits are comprised of electives.
You will take each of the following:
- EDHI 600 Introduction to Student Affairs Administration
- EDHI 601 Theories of College Student Development: Higher Education Application
- EDHI 602 The American College Student
- EDHI 690 Seminar in Student Affairs Administration
- EDHI 698 Principles and Practices of Student Affairs Administration
- EDHI 699 Practicum in Student Affairs Administration
You will also take one of the following:
- EDHI 610 Issues in Higher Education
- EDHI 613 Administration and Finance in Higher Education
- EDHI 640 The Community College
You will choose one course from the following options to fulfill your research requirement:
- EDST 650 Introduction to Qualitative Research
- EDST 660 Ethnographic Research in Education
- EDST 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs
- EDPS 640 Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research
- EDPS 641 Statistical Methods in Education and Psychological Research
You will also need to select 6 credits from an approved list of elective courses.
The program has two tracks, a 3-semester track or a 4+ semester track.
3 Semester Track
Students in the 3-semester track have the following course loads:
- Fall – 12 credits
- Spring – 12 credits
- Summer – 6 credits
All students in the 3-semester track have a graduate assistantship in one of the following administrative areas:
- Career Center*
- Disability Services
- Diversity and Equity Initiatives (in the Office of Student Life)*
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Judicial Affairs (in the Office of Student Rights and Community Standards)
- Leadership Programs (in the Office of Student Life)*
- Multicultural Center
- Retention and Graduation
- Student Center Programs*
- Services Opportunities (in the Office of Student Life)
- Victim Services
*Occasionally a few students in some of these administrative areas may have the option of the 4+ semester track rather than the 3-semester track.
4+ Semester Track
Students in the 4+ semester track take the following course loads:
- Fall – 9 credits
- Spring – 9 credits
Summer – 6 credits (optional)
- Fall – 9 credits
- Spring – 9 credits
All students in the 4+ semester track have a graduate assistantship in one of the following administrative areas.
- Greek Life.
- Housing and Residence Life.
Housing and Residence Life Assistantships
If you are interested in a graduate assistantship in Housing and Residence Life as an assistant residence hall director or a resident manager in University Apartments, you must also apply to Housing and Residence Life. Learn more about the positions
All students in this program have a graduate assistantship in the Division of Student Affairs. These assistantships are assigned, based upon applicant preference and faculty and office feedback, when an offer of admission is sent to a student.
You’ll gain hands-on experience helping top administrators with their needs managing student life, housing, public safety, and dozens of other functions that affect the more than 20,000 students who attend Ball State.
In exchange for 20 hours of work per week as a graduate assistant, you will receive a waiver for the majority of tuition, plus a stipend (the amount depends upon the office).
Students are responsible for a small portion of tuition and all other applicable University fees, both of which depend on the number of enrolled hours.
Program Graduate Assistantships
As a student in our program, you’ll take classes with and receive mentorship from a faculty of expert researchers and actual Student Affairs administrators at Ball State.
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Ball State has long had a tradition of educating student affairs administrators.
Merrill “Jack” Beyerl, former vice president for student affairs and director of the counseling center, began the program in 1965 so that professional staff would understand how to extend learning beyond the classroom and provide exceptional service in campus offices.
Since that time, more than 1,000 graduates have served private and public colleges and universities in many student affairs positions.
Apply to the Program
Are you ready to apply? You will need to be admitted by both the Ball State Graduate School and the program itself. Please review our requirements and complete the applications.
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