Salem State University

School of Education

Secondary and Higher Education

Higher Education in Student Affairs

  • M. Ed.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Student Learning & Development


Dr. Rozana Carducci
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970

Program Statement

The Masters of Education in Higher Education in Student Affairs (HESA) at Salem State University is the only program of its kind offered at a public institution in the Boston metropolitan area. This 42 credit hour program is designed for people who plan to pursue a career working in a college/university setting in the area of student affairs. The program draws upon the University’s and region’s many excellent faculty and staff to offer both a theoretical and practical perspective that enhances the students’ knowledge of the foundations of higher education and student affairs.

Learning how to apply theory to practice and developing competencies that relate directly to your career are key objectives of our curriculum. Working with diverse populations is emphasized, as threads of social justice and diversity issues permeate throughout the curriculum. Additionally, the program is based on the ACPA and NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators (2015), which are documented through the completion of a comprehensive e-portfolio. All courses and practicum experiences include a competency self-reflection and development component.

We are a cohort-based program. Students move through the curriculum with a group of peers, fostering a strong graduate community, collaborative learning and professional networking. HESA applicants can choose from two cohorts. The General cohort requires students to attend up to three evening classes per week on campus. The Executive cohort is offered in an online/hybrid format. The members of the Executive cohort meet on campus five times per semester (on specified Saturdays) and are required to complete a one-week on-campus course in their second summer. The General and Executive cohort curricula are identical; the method of instruction is the only difference


Student Affairs: Theory, Research & Practice

Theories of College Student Development

History of Higher Education

Administration and Organization in Higher Education

Student Affairs Research

Multicultural Issues in Student Affairs

Assessment Evaluation and Research

Helping Skills for Student Affairs Professionals I & II

Practicum in Student Affairs I & II

Capstone Seminar in Student Affairs

Two Electives

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

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
  • Hybrid
Comprehensive Exam Required: