University of South Carolina

College of Education

Department of Educational Leadership and Policies

Higher Education and Student Affairs

Degrees: 
  • M.S.
  • M.A.
  • Ph D.

Program Statement

The M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) is designed to prepare entry level and mid-level professionals for successful administrative careers in a variety of postsecondary education contexts. As a student in the HESA program, you will be prepared to apply theory learned through challenging classroom studies to real life experiences.  With an administrative emphasis, you will study theory, research, and best practices to prepare you to be a transformational leader in 21st century higher education. The curriculum and culminating portfolio requirement are aligned with the NASPA/ACPA competencies.

The University of South Carolina's Division of Student Affairs and other offices accord meaningful assistantship positions in which HESA students are given substantial authority while assisting in the management of university services and activities for students. Students have completed assistantships which have provided opportunities to gain experience in various offices, including residence life, student activities, multicultural student services, orientation, parent's programs, student discipline, University 101, community service, leadership programs, and the Visitor's Center. Several assistantships are also available at other local colleges. The assistantship, coupled with practicum and internship experiences, ensures a strong experiential background from which to launch a professional career.

Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Yes
Meets CAS Standards: 
No

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
5
Adjunct: 
6
Total Program Credit Hours: 
39
Average Time to Degree: 
2 years

Visitation Program

Yes

Requirements

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