Canisius College

Education and Human Services

Graduate Education and Leadership

Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

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

Contact

Dr. Mark Harrington
2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208

Program Statement

            The master’s program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (formerly College Student Personnel Administration) at Canisius College prepares student affairs professionals to work in all sectors of higher education administrationat both public and private colleges and universities.  Grounded in a theory-to-practice educational philosophy, the HESAA program combines the in-class education of graduate coursework with the experiential learning of required internships to achieve its mission.  Graduate assistantships are also available, which provide additional experience.

            Graduates of the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration master’s degree program will:

  • be prepared to enter the student affairs profession as practitioners in multiple administrative sub-fields (residence life, student activities, career services, etc.).
  • be able to use the foundations of theory and practical experience to make sound and  ethical professional decisions.
  • be prepared to participate as professionals in the education of the whole student, consistent with the Jesuit value of cura personalis (“care for the person”), regardless of the institutional context of their work.
  • understand the value of contributing to their profession through participation in professional associations, and through activities such as presentations and publications and serving in leadership positions.

 

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

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
1
Adjunct: 
8
Total Program Credit Hours: 
36
Average Time to Degree: 
2 years

Visitation Program

Yes

Requirements

Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
No
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
Yes
Attendance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
  • Hybrid
Course Schedule: 
  • Evening
Thesis: 
Optional
Comprehensive Exam Required: 
Yes