Marquette University

College of Education

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

Student Affairs in Higher Education

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


Dr. Jody E Jessup-Anger
Schroeder Complex 146, Marquette University
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Program Statement

The Master of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) is a theory-to-practice program that prepares graduate students for careers in a variety of student affairs settings, including advising, career centers, student unions, international education, multicultural affairs, orientation programs, residence life, greek life, and student activities.

Marquette University’s mission as a Jesuit institution is to foster personal and professional excellence, promote a life of faith, and develop leadership expressed in service to others. The College of Education has a deep commitment to the development of practitioners who will demonstrate a commitment to social justice in their work. 

Why SAHE at MU?

  • Marquette’s SAHE program attracts academically-minded students interested in learning how theory relates to real world practice.
  • Small cohort enhances learning and ensures personal attention for each student.
  • Faculty possess strong student affairs backgrounds and professional connections.
  • Marquette University has a robust Division of Student Affairs, and staff members who serve as teachers and mentors, supporting students’ learning and development.
  • The MU campus is vibrant, with students populating the campus on both weekdays and weekends. With the city center just blocks away, there is always something to see or do.
  • Assistantships and practica provide students with hands on experience to develop, implement, and refine the skills required for effective student affairs practice.
  • With over 13 colleges in the metropolitan area, Milwaukee is a virtual learning laboratory for student affairs professionals.
  • The culmination of students' coursework is a theory-to-practice Capstone course in which students are paired with student affairs offices to integrate their learning to solve a real world problem or issue.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Marquette’s Student Affairs and Higher Education program can expect to be able to…

  • Use appropriate student development, organizational, and environmental theories to analyze issues related to students and Student Affairs practice.
  • Interpret and apply research to students and Student Affairs practice
  • Apply leadership, organizational, assessment, and management practices to professional work in student affairs functional areas.
  • Apply professional standards and principles of law, ethics, and social justice to student affairs work.
  • Support the learning and development of a diverse student population.
Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Meets CAS Standards: 

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Total Program Credit Hours: 
Average Time to Degree: 
2 years (full-time); 4 years (part-time)

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • GRE
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Course Schedule: 
  • Day
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: