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Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, M.S.

About the Program

Mission: The Higher Education Administration Department (HEA) and the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) program at Buffalo State is to committed to promoting access and to preparing exceptional scholars and practitioners with knowledge, skills, competencies and an ethic of care needed for sound professional practice in the twenty-first century.

Vision: The Higher Education Administration Department’s (HEA) Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) Program is one of the most diverse programs of its kind in the United States. Concentrated on serving the educational needs of a diverse student body through a flexible program with evolving and updated curricula, the HESAA Program challenges students to become lifelong learners and leaders in the administration of higher education, student affairs, and other professional communities. As the demographics of higher education change in the 21st century, the program will provide highly prepared leaders representing diverse groups to serve the nation’s institutions of higher learning at the highest levels. Many students will continue their intellectual and personal development through doctoral programs and as scholar-practitioners. Students may focus on courses and internships in four concentration areas: administration and management, counseling and development, social justice, research and evaluation or a general focus.

Internships: The internship represents the application of theory in a practical setting.. This vehicle for diversified professional training encompasses research, planning, organization and ethical applications.

Assistantships: Graduate assistantships are available in student affairs, academic affairs and other areas within higher education. For college-wide assistantship opportunities, visit http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/assistantships.

Professional Organizations: HESAA graduates gain mentoring, networking, and professional development support through national, regional and local organizations.

About the Higher Education Administration Department

214C Bacon Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-3789
Fax: (716) 878-5833
http://hea.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree but do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted if they either attain a minimum combined quantitative/verbal score of 290 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or are accepted by the faculty under provisional status.

2. Consideration may be given to work-related experience and involvement in the field.
Three letters of recommendation, of which at least one must be from a former faculty/instructor who can speak to your academic and classroom performance and one must be from a professional who works in student affairs or the field of higher education

3. A written essay indicating reasons for interest in the program. This will be evaluated as a writing sample.

4. A current resume.

5. An interview with HEA program faculty may be required.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (27 credit hours)
HEA 616 AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION 3
HEA 617 STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING 3
HEA 618 STUDENT AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATION 3
HEA 620 PLANNING AND FINANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION 3
HEA 622 TECHNIQUES OF COUNSELING 3
HEA 624 INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM I 3
HEA 625 INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM II 3
HEA 650 STUDENT ASSESSMENT: TESTS AND MEASUREMENT 3
HEA 689 METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH 3
Comprehensive Examination (offered in November and April; 0 cr hrs), Master's Thesis or Master's Project 0

Elective Courses (9 credit hours) 1
Select three from any of the following areas: 9

Administration
HEA 504 COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION
HEA 619 MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION
HEA 651 THE LAW AND HIGHER EDUCATION
HEA 670THE COLLEGE STUDENT MOVEMENT 1955-1975

Counseling and Student Development
HEA 623 TECHNIQUES OF COUNSELING FOR DIVERSE GROUPS AND CULTURES
HEA 630 GROUP COUNSELING
HEA 632 VOCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CAREER COUNSELING
HEA 670 THE COLLEGE STUDENT MOVEMENT 1955-1975

Community Education
HEA 504 COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION
HEA 619 MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION
HEA 632 VOCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CAREER COUNSELING
HEA 670 THE COLLEGE STUDENT MOVEMENT 1955-1975

Research and Evaluation
HEA 690 MASTER'S PROJECT
HEA 695 MASTER'S THESIS
SPF 520 EDUCATIONAL STATISTICS I (DESCRIPTIVE AND INFERENTIAL)

Any Concentration Area
HEA 590 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6)
HEA 690 MASTER'S PROJECT

Other elective courses may be selected from related courses/workshops in various disciplines or interdisciplinary areas with adviser approval.

Total Credit Hours 36
1 Selected under advisement

Graduation Requirements
A minimum of 36 credit hours are needed for degree completion: 27 credit hours of required coursework and 9 hours of electives. After completing 6 to 12 credit hours, students apply for degree candidacy and are subject to continuous review by the faculty to ensure adherence to professional standards. The required comprehensive examination, master's project or master's thesis must be completed prior to graduation.

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