- M. Ed.
- Student Learning & Development
ContactDr. Rozana Carducci
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
Number of Program Faculty
- None Required
- Full time
- Part time