Leadership in Student Affairs

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Designed through a collaborative effort of student affairs leaders and program faculty, the Master of Arts degree in Leadership in Student Affairs prepares 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.)

 

 

Where you will learn

  • On our Minneapolis campus

 

 

When to start

  • Fall semester begins: September 7, 2016

Coursework

 MA
Credits

MA: 42

Required
Courses

For the MA:

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
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 

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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
International Student Services Graduate Intern

Concordia University, St. Paul

Graduate Intern for Student Life & Leadership Development

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

Career Development Graduate Intern

Gustavus Adolphus College

Women's Resource Center Graduate Assistant

Hamline University

Career Services & Internship Graduate Assistant

Inver Hills Community College

Service Learning Graduate Assistant

Inver Hills Community College

Early Alert Academic Advising Graduate Intern

Minneapolis Community & Technical College

Disability Services Graduate Intern

Minneapolis Community & Technical College

 New Student Programs Graduate Assistant

Normandale Community College

Career Center Internship

North Hennepin Community College

 Student Life Diversity Programming Intern

North Hennepin Community College

Orientation & Advising Graduate Assistant (fall)

North Hennepin Community College

Orientation & Advising Graduate Intern (Summer)

North Hennepin Community College

Career Counselor Graduate Intern

University of Minnesota

Campus Life - STAR Programming Board Grad Assistant

University of St. Thomas

Campus Life - Spirit Intiatives Graduate Assistant

University of St. Thomas

Disability Resources Graduate Intern

University of St. Thomas