Mississippi State University

College of Education

Department of Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership - Student Affairs & Higher Education

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


Dr. Danielle K Molina
175 Presidents Circle
Box 9698
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Program Statement

The Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs & Higher Education (MS EDLD/SAHE)* at Mississippi State University prepares graduate students for employment in college and university offices focused on student services, student advocacy, and student success. The program attracts students from Mississippi, the Southern region of the U.S., and from across the country. Likewise, graduates from the program are placed in colleges and universities nationally.

The 42 credit hour SAHE curriculum reflects the breadth of knowledge, skills, and competencies required of today’s student affairs administrators. Courses include:

Student Affairs in Higher Education
Student Development Theory
Diversity, Globalization, & the College Student
Counseling Theory
Counseling Skills
Legal Issues in Higher Education
SAHE Budgets & Supervision
SAHE Technology, Communication, & Crisis
Administrative Leadership in SAHE
Assessment Strategies in SAHE
Applied Assessment in SAHE
1 Elective
2 Practicum Experiences
Comprehensive Exam

MSU’s Student Affairs master’s program is designed for face-to-face delivery. Full-time students typically start the program in the Fall semester of each academic year and progress through the requirements as a cohort over the course of two academic years. Part-time enrollment in the program is possible and considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants to the program are strongly encouraged to apply for Graduate Assistantships at the university available through partnerships with MSU’s Division of Student Affairs and other related student-services offices.


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; 3 years, part-time

Visitation Program



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