Seattle University

College of Education

Leadership and Professional Studies

Student Development Administration Program

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


Leesa Salcedo
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Program Statement

If you have a passion for working with college students beyond the classroom and advancing social justice, Seattle University’s Master's Degree in Student Development Administration is designed with you in mind. We offer a modern practitioner-based curriculum that provides strong theory-to-application training within a supportive community of students, alumni, and seasoned professionals who will become your colleagues for life.

Our program is sought out for its strong clinical experiences and its infusion of diversity and social justice into our curriculum. Through our holistic mentorship approach, our nationally-recognized and dedicated faculty will work with you to gain the experience and skills necessary to serve students in a variety of educational environments, including community colleges, 4-year colleges, college access organizations and high-tech companies (university recruiting and leadership development). Additionally, you have the opportunity to apply for our unique graduate assistantship employment, built in collaboration with the Division for Student Development, which can give you another edge when competing for positions.

DEGREES: Students in the Student Development Administration (SDA) Masters program have the option of two degree programs: the Master of Arts (MA) or the Master of Education (MEd). Both degrees require 51 credits for graduation. The Master of Arts option allows students to take three credits of electives in addition to completing an independent graduate project. The Master of Education option allows students to take six credits of electives. The graduate project is not required with the MEd option.

INTERNSHIP: Exposure to the practice of Student Development Administration through an on-site internship in a student development office in post-secondary institutions. Three one-credit (100-hour) internships are required for a master's degree in Student Development Administration.

Internships are short term, part-time opportunities where students work at an institution in a supervised position. Students are expected to work as professional, and to receive the training and supervision necessary to be successful in the position.

PORTFOLIO: Students are required to complete an integrative e-portfolio to illustrate their growth and development in the program's 10 learning outcomes. 

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS: Graduate assistantships offer degree-related experience and financial support for graduate students enrolled in the Student Development Administration (SDA) program. These experiences are often an important factor when applying for positions after graduation. The GAships are a separate employment process run by the Division of Student Development. 


  • Admitted to a graduate program at Seattle University
  • Make satisfactory progress toward your degree during the assistantship
  • Take an average of 6 credits per quarter to complete the program in two years, but more or less can be taken depending on the student’s progress through the program
  • Apply by December 1 for a graduate assistantship as part of your graduate admissions application

Terms of Employment

  • Most annual contracts run from mid-August to mid-June
  • Intention is for the student to remain in the position for two academic years
  • Second year students may apply
  • Admission into the graduate program does not guarantee an assistantship

Please contact Collin Nail at or (206) 296-2525 with questions regarding the graduate assistantship program.

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
Course Schedule: 
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: