Gain the skills and knowledge to serve and lead in higher education

From resident life and student activities to academic advising, our program allows you the opportunity to become a leader in academia and make a positive difference in today’s colleges and universities. Be involved in guiding students both academically and socially as they experience all that higher education has to offer. Play an important role in developing and maintaining programs that ensure success for students from the first day on campus until graduation.

Cost Per Credit$690
100% Online

This program is offered fully online to fit your busy lifestyle!


Full- and part-time options available.

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Program Overview

A Master of Science in student personnel administration in higher education (SPAHE) will prepare you in mind, body, and spirit – through courses grounded in student affairs – to build a comprehensive skillset and understanding to serve in this ever-changing field. You will gain the abilities and knowledge to innovate and improve programs and experiences in colleges and universities. We combine emerging curriculum with faculty working on campuses to help you reach your career goals as a a dean, director of admissions, leader in resident life, or one of many other jobs on a higher-education campus. 

An online and flexible program to balance your professional and personal schedules. Courses are held year-round in a collaborative format. At the end of this master's program, complete a thesis or a capstone project to earn your degree.

What to Expect

This online program may be completed in one year by doubling up courses, or in two to three years if you're seeking a slower pace. Additionally, our curriculum allows you to take one Ed.D. course as an elective and seamlessly transition into our online doctorate in education.

Learning Outcomes

Gain knowledge and skills in each of these areas that are key to managing academic or athletics at colleges and universities.

  • Professional and Ethical Standards established by ACPA and NASPA
  • Student Development
  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Leadership, Administration, and the Law
  • Communicative Fluency and Technological Competence
  • Assessment, Evaluation,, and Research

Experiential Learning (Field Experience)

It is imperative you put into practice what you have learned in the classroom on the campus of a college or university. Your experiential learning will be completed under the supervision of a qualified site supervisor and the course instructor. This is scheduled to take place during the last semester of enrollment. It promises to be a challenging, meaningful, and invaluable experience that will strengthen your abilities to serve in higher-education

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