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



MA: 42


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

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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 (LSA) 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. The LSA program requires two separate internship or assistantship experiences within the two-year program. 

Leadership in Student Affairs Visit Day on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

What is Visit Day?

The morning will include breakfast, an overview of our program, a faculty panel, a current student panel, a presentation from our student organization, and a question and answer session on our Minneapolis campus. We will then take the campus shuttle to the St. Paul campus for lunch with LSA alumni, followed by interview time slots for assistantships and internships. Interview space will be available until 6:00 pm, but you will be free to leave when your interviews are complete. You are able to participate in the entire day, or just the morning or afternoon as you are able. 

How do I register?

We recommend that you apply to the program before attending, as you must be admitted into the program before formally accepting internship and assistantship offers, however it is not required. Please email soe-lsa@stthomas.edu for more information on registration. 

How do I apply for internships and graduate assistantships?

We offer over 40 opportunities at a variety of institutions each year. In early January, we will begin to post positions to our program website below. At that time, you can begin to send application materials directly to site supervisors (contact information will be provided on the postings). If selected, they will work with you to set up an interview, either during the afternoon on Visit Day or you can make arrangements with them for a later time. Although application requirements vary by position, you can expect that many will require a resume, cover letter, and contact information for references.