Leadership in Student Affairs

10th anniversary, student affairs

Designed through a collaborative effort of student affairs leaders and program faculty, the Master of Arts degree and Certificate in Leadership in Student Affairs prepare you to lead in higher education. Our program has a unique focus on leadership, social justice, and theory to practice providing an opportunity for broad application upon graduation. Student affairs professionals work side-by-side with faculty and staff to create a dynamic learning environment for students. Every day, they help to shape the mission and culture of their college or university.  Here's what some of our alumni are doing:

  • Academic Advisor – University of Minnesota
  • Residence Hall Director – Loyola University at Chicago
  • Director of Admission – Hamline University
  • Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid – St. Catherine University
  • Education Abroad Advisor – College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

 

What you can earn

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Certificate

 

 

Where you will learn

  • On our Minneapolis campus

 

 

When to start

  • Fall semester begins: September 7, 2016

Coursework

 Certificate + MA
Credits

Certificate: 12

MA: 42

Required
Courses

For the Certificate:

EDLD 703   Introduction to Student Affairs
EDLD 806   College Student Development Theory
EDLD 707   Introduction to Higher Education
EDLD 864   Leadership in Student Affairs Capstone

For the MA (add the following):

EDLD 621   Research, Analysis, and Critique
EDLD 715   Administrative Leadership in Student Affairs
EDLD 785   Clinical Practice in Student Affairs I
EDLD 786   Clinical Practice in Student Affairs II
EDLD 801   Leadership and Organizational Theory
EDLD 804   Legal Issues in Higher Education
EDLD 855   Social Justice in Higher Education
Electives

Full course catalog with Descriptions

Schedule 

Find current course offerings

How to Apply

1 | Meet the Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale).  If below 3.0, please reference our special admissions policy.

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for special admission, which requires:

  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee.

 2 | Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form
  • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals.
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas).
  • Personal statement.

3 |  Submit the supplementary materials:

  • International Applicants:  (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English. (2) Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Assistantships and Internships

Through the Leadership in Student Affairs Assistantship and Internship opportunities, you will work alongside college or university student affairs staff at a variety of higher education institutions in the Twin Cities, which provide a diverse selection of professional experiences.
 
DepartmentCollege/University
Residence Life Graduate Assistant

University of St. Thomas

International Admissions Graduate Assistant

University of St. Thomas

Campus Life and Residence Life Graduate Assistant

University of St. Thomas

Civic Engagement Graduate Intern

University of St. Thomas

Career & Internship Services Graduate Intern 

Augsburg College

International Student & Scholar Services Graduate Intern 

Augsburg College

Leadership and Development Graduate Intern

Century College

Student Life Graduate Intern

Century College

Career Development Graduate Intern

Concordia University, St. Paul 

Career Services Senior Advisor Graduate Intern

Dakota County Technical College

Graduate Intern for Community-Based Service and Learning

Gustavus Adolphus College

Graduate Intern for Conduct

Gustavus Adolphus College

Graduate Intern for Student Leadership Development

Gustavus Adolphus College

Career Development Graduate Intern

Gustavus Adolphus College

Women's Resource Center Graduate Assistant

Hamline University

Non-Traditional Student Programs Graduate Assistant

Hennepin Technical College

Student Life Graduate Assistant

Hennepin Technical College

Graduate Assistant, Campus Activities and Operations

Macalester College

Disability Services Graduate Assistant

Macalester College

Health and Wellness Center Graduate Assistant

Macalester College

Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ Services

Macalester College

Career Services Graduate Intern

Minneapolis Community & Technical College

Early Alert Academic Advising Graduate Intern

Minneapolis Community & Technical College

New Student Programs Graduate Intern

Normandale Community College

Orientation & Advising Graduate Intern

North Hennepin Community College

Orientation & Advising Graduate Intern (Summer)

North Hennepin Community College

Academic Advising Graduate Intern

St. Catherine University

Global Studies Graduate Intern

St. Catherine University

Community Work & Learning Coordinator

St. Catherine University

Orientation Graduate Intern

St. Catherine University

Academic Coach Graduate Intern

St. Olaf College

Undergraduate Business Career Services Graduate Intern

University of Minnesota

Global Leadership Enrichment Programs Graduate Intern

University of Minnesota

Leadership Enrichment Programs Graduate Intern

University of Minnesota

Career Counselor Graduate Intern

University of Minnesota

Student and Career Development Coordinator

University of Minnesota

Campus Life and Residence Life Graduate Student Employee

University of St. Thomas

Campus Life and Residence Life Graduate Student Employee

University of St. Thomas

Dean of Students Graduate Assistant

University of St. Thomas

Opus College of Business Undergraduate Programs Graduate Intern

University of St. Thomas

Residence Life and Off Campus Student Services Graduate Student Employee

University of St. Thomas

Residence Life and Campus Life Graduate Student Employee

University of St. Thomas 

Student Diversity & Inclusion Services Graduate Assistant

University of St. Thomas

Study Abroad Graduate Assistant

University of St. Thomas

Wellness Center Graduate Assistant

University of St. Thomas