Ball State University

Teachers College

Educational Studies

Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education

  • M.A.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Student Learning & Development


Ms. Kay Collins
Ball State University
Student Affairs
Muncie, IN 47306

Program Statement

Ball State University’s program in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) incorporates an intentional combination of:

  • Classroom learning about college students, student affairs’ role in colleges and universities, and contemporary issues in higher education; and
  • Work experience by being directly involved in practical, applied academic and student support roles through assistantships and practica.

The program prepares entering-level Student Affairs educators with an understanding of higher education and the role of student affairs; it facilitates the understanding of developmental needs of college students; and it provides students with opportunities to pursue areas of interest that they feel will contribute to their personal and professional growth and development. The academic home for the program is in the Department of Educational Studies in Teachers College; the program is co-sponsored by the division of Student Affairs.

Graduates of Ball State University’s Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education will understand:

  • The developmental process and needs of college students.
  • Learning and service roles of academic and student services.
  • Contemporary issues in American higher education.
  • How to apply theory to practice.

The program has two tracks leading toward graduation. In the four-plus semester track students earn a minimum of 36 credit hours, have full-time graduate assistantships, plus gain additional work-related experiences in the summer. In the three-semester track students earn a minimum of 30 credit hours, have full time graduate assistantships, and complete three semesters of full-time study.

All students have a graduate assistantship in one of the following campus offices:

  • Admissions.
  • Career Center.
  • Disability Services.
  • Excellence in Leadership, in Student Life.
  • Greek Affairs, in Student Life.
  • Housing and Residence Life.
  • Multicultural Center.
  • Multicultural Organizations, in Student Life.
  • Retention and Graduation.
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid.
  • Student Center Programs.
  • Student Rights and Community Standards.
  • Student Voluntary Services, in Student Life.
  • Victim Services, in the Counseling Center.

Students work an average of 20 hours per week for sixteen weeks a semester.

The program employs a collaborative faculty model using full-time faculty with rank in the Department of Educational Studies (i.e., Thalia Mulvihill, Amanda Latz, Roger Wessel), and affiliated faculty members who serve in senior leadership roles in Student Affairs roles (i.e., Kay Bales, Cathy Bickel, Alan Hargrave). These dedicated faculty members enrich student learning experiences through their teaching, research, and practical experience in student affairs.


Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Meets CAS Standards: 

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Total Program Credit Hours: 
Average Time to Degree: 
3-5 semesters

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Course Schedule: 
  • Day
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: