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 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


 Certificate + MA

Certificate: 12

MA: 42


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

Full course catalog with Descriptions


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How to Apply

1 | Meet the Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution.
  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or the successful completion of a graduate level program from another institution.

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.
 Recreational Services Graduate Intern Normandale Community College
 Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid Graduate Intern Dakota County Technical College
 Residence Life Graduate Intern Augsburg College
 Career & Professional Development Center Graduate Intern

University of Minnesota

 Residence Life Graduate Assistant

University of St. Thomas

 Career Services Graduate Intern

Concordia University, St. Paul

 International Admissions Graduate Assistant

University of St. Thomas

Career Services Graduate Intern

University of Minnesota