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Higher Education and Student Affairs

Saint Martin's University
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Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Spring 2023

About this program

Higher Education and Student Affairs

The Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs (MED-HESA) at Saint Martin's brings our Benedictine values-based approach to student services/student affairs work on college and university campuses. We aim to challenge and support the next generation of scholar-practitioners in the field of higher education and student affairs.

Admission requirements

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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CORE requirements

The core studies higher education and student affairs philosophical foundations while assisting students making connections between theory and practice when working with college and university students. The design intentionally invites master’s degree students to explore, begin to understand, and critically examine concepts, values, ethics, competencies, and theories that provide foundational perspectives on higher education and student affairs. Visit the graduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of CORE (general) requirements.

  • MAC 508 Counseling and Helping Relationships
  • MED 601 Educational Research Methods I
  • MAC 618 Social and Cultural Diversity
  • MED 653 Principles of Leadership
  • MED 661 Practicum in HESA
  • MED 662 Introduction to Higher Education & Student Affairs
  • MED 663 College Student Development Theory
  • MED 664 Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration 
  • MED 665 The American College/University
  • MED 667 Ethics & Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • MED 668 Internship/Assistantship in HESA

Elective requirement

Graduate level coursework determined by student along with their advisor to meet career goals after graduation.

Capstone requirement

The Capstone Course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their coursework while preparing for their next steps with their careers in higher education.

  • MED 698 Integrating Theory and Practice in Education Capstone Course

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information


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Learning outcomes

The design of the program is to provide challenge and support to the next generation of scholar-practitioners in the field of higher education and student affairs.

  • MED-HESA candidates will articulate prominent college student development and leadership theories and apply these theories in the course of addressing a variety of higher education and student affairs issues and problems
  • MED-HESA candidates will realistically appraise their personal strengths and weaknesses exercising leadership. They will practice the application of theoryinformed leadership in real and complex situations on university and college campuses
  • MED-HESA candidates will be able to use a range of perspectives and theoretical constructs within various functional areas (admissions, academic advising, career development financial aid, campus ministry, student activities, residence life, alumni affairs, etc ) Particular emphasis within the program will be placed on understanding Benedictine Leadership values and ethics on how they can be applied within a variety of college and university settings
  • MED-HESA candidates will understand how to be good consumers of research so that they can assess the value of application to their various functional areas

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Saint Martin's University

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Saint Martin's University

5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, Washington 98503
United States of America (USA)

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