The Ohio State University

College of Education and Human Ecology

Educational Studies

Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)

Degrees: 
  • M.A.
  • Ph D.
  • Ed D.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership
  • International Education
  • Student Learning & Development

Contact

Dr. Becky Crandall
301 Ramseyer Hall
29. W Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Program Statement

The Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program enjoys a prestigious tradition of preparing leaders throughout the nation and the world. HESA is consistently ranked among the top programs in the country and prepares individuals for leadership roles in postsecondary education and for serving students in various educational and cultural contexts.

Our Curriculum

The HESA program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of higher education policy and leadership. 

The Ph.D. curriculum prepares students to enter the faculty or upper-level administration in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Doctoral students enter as a cohort, complete a core set of classes, including quantitative and qualitative inquiry courses, and work collaboratively with their faculty advisors to design a program of study relevant to their interests.

Entering Ph.D. cohort size ranges from 8-12 students, enrolled predominantly full-time.  The average time to completion is 4-5 years for doctoral study.

The Ed.D. curriculum prepares students for leadership roles in a variety of higher education and student affairs administrative contexts. The program develops scholarly practitioners who understand the importance of equity and social justice and can respond effectively to the problems and issues of contemporary practice in higher education and student affairs.

Entering Ed.D. cohort size ranges from 8-14 students, enrolled predominantly full-time.  The average time to completion is 3-4 years for doctoral study.

The M.A. curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education and is organized around these important dimensions:

  • Cohort model with core courses for all students
  • Research and applied field experiences
  • Strong balance of elective offerings in both student development and learning and organizational behavior and administration

Entering master’s cohort size ranges from 18-25 students, enrolled predominantly full-time.  The program of study can be completed in two years. 

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

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
7
Adjunct: 
2
Average Time to Degree: 
Ph.D. (4-5 years full-time study), Ed.D. (3-4 years full-time study), M.A. (2 years full-time study)

Visitation Program

No

Requirements

Entrance Exam: 
  • GRE
Assistantship Required: 
No
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
Yes
Attendance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Thesis: 
Optional
Comprehensive Exam Required: 
Yes