Student Affairs in Higher Education (M.S.)


Begin your career in student affairs administration with a Master of Science in student affairs in higher education. You’ll be prepared for roles in a variety of education and service areas in postsecondary settings.

You’ll complete 45 credit hours in two years for full-time students or four years for part-time students. The curriculum has 7 learning outcome domains focused on:

  • Contemporary and foundational scholarship in student affairs
  • Supporting student learning and success
  • Equity and justice
  • Systems, structures, and organizational behavior
  • Research and assessment
  • Self in/as professional
  • Practitioner-scholarship

You’ll engage in critical analysis, critical reflection and praxis, and transformative learning. Curriculum is organized according to four core course areas designed to meet the student affairs professional competencies developed by ACPA and NASPA, the two primary professional associations for student affairs educators.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Student Affairs in Higher Education

Next Steps

Western Regional Graduate Program

As an eligible resident of a Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) member state or territory, you may be admitted to the on-campus format of this program, yet pay resident tuition rates. Only on-campus formats are WRGP eligible. Visit our WRGP webpage to learn about eligibility and the application process.


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor and their departmental graduate coordinator for the process to apply.

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